Sea-air transportation mapOnly 20 kilometers away from and 25 minutes of drive to Port of Taipei, Taoyuan International Airport enjoys great geographic advantages, effectively combining sea and air shipment and giving full play to the roles of the two ports (Port of Taipei and Taoyuan International Airport) and the free trade zones. Together with Taiwan International Ports Corporation Ltd., Taoyuan International Airport has launched a sea-air transportation plan. Taking advantages of the favorable geographical position of Taiwan, international goods are shipped to the warehouse of port of Taipei, where the goods are unpackaged, assembled, labeled and repackaged before being delivered to Taoyuan International Airport at the fastest speed, and finally distributed to the destination by air.



 Sea-air transportation provides a chance for the development of cross-border e-commerce

With the increase of Internet and mobile users as well as the development of logistics and payment systems in Asian-Pacific region, a large number of online shoppers start to seek for overseas products with better quality, thus making the region not only the first largest global e-commerce market, but also the largest cross-border e-commerce market in the world. In order to provide multiple transportation modes for cross-border e-commerce sellers, Taiwan has made great efforts in promoting the following operation modes:


(1)  Conventional sea-air transportation

It mainly refers to the process of shipping full container loads by sea to a port and then transshipping them to airport for export. At present, transshipment application forms T6 and T7 are often used in sea-air transportation.


(2)  Combination of sea and air express (transfer from customs declaration type X to customs declaration type X)

With a favorable geographic position, Taiwan is suitable for developing transshipment, warehousing, distribution and other businesses, as it can provide a space for free circulation and flexible operation of goods. Cross-border e-commerce goods from neighborhood countries are shipped to Taiwan via air or sea couriers, and then transshipped by sea or air to other destinations in the world. There are numerous sea and air routes connecting Taiwan and the rest of the world, which can be used to deliver goods to destinations at faster speed and with lower cost.


(3)  Export of FTZ Cargo via Sea/Air Couriers or Postal Service (transfer from  customs declaration type F to  customs declaration type X or postal mail service)

By taking advantage of exemption of duties and commodity taxes in Taiwan FTZs and the convenient customs declaration, value addition (or simple processing or deep processing), we are going to build FTZs into a favorable logistic and operation center for cross-border e-commerce so as to attract e-commerce enterprises to set up distribution centers in Taiwan. In accordance with the requirements of orders, products are shipped by sea to FTZs, and then exported to the rest of the world via sea/air couriers or postal mail service.



Export of FTZ Goods via Express

 Export of FTZ Goods via Express flow chart




Export of FTZ Goods via Postal Mail Service


xport of FTZ Goods via Postal Mail Service flow chart



The favorable geographic position makes Taiwan a great place to develop goods collection and distribution, transshipment and distribution for cross-border e-commerce, a flourishing industry. By setting warehouses in Taiwan, the neighborhood countries may greatly lower their operation costs, as they can ship their products to Taiwan before selling and distributing to other destinations in the world.