Transport Taiwan with Seacon Logistics
Seacon Logistics is your logistics service provider and central point of contact for transport to and from Taiwan. From strategic locations and together with our worldwide network of agents and partners, we quickly, smoothly and cost-effectively take care of your transport. From full loads (FTL), part loads (LTL), pallets, intermodal to special transport.
Taiwan is an island nation located off the east coast of China and south of Japan. The country is relatively sparsely populated and has just over 700 inhabitants per square kilometre. During Taiwan's economic rise, large production facilities were established, making the country one of the most important production sites for export goods from the electrical, material, and pharmaceutical industries in a wide range of sectors.
The export of these goods is the mainstay of the Taiwanese economy. As a result, the island has an excellent infrastructure, allowing produced goods to be transported efficiently and cost-effectively within the country and to international trading partners. China, the United States, and neighbouring countries are important export markets for Taiwan, but European countries are also well represented.
Taiwan's infrastructure can be widely used for all modes of transport. Four major international ports, an island-wide rail network, an extensive and well-developed road network and an international airport make Taiwan an attractive export country. The country also serves as a transit country and logistics hub for freight transport in Asia. Thanks to the highly developed infrastructure, intermodal transport is also easily possible.
Internationally, Taiwan is of great economic importance and one of the richest states in the world. As one of the four so-called 'tiger economies', the country is characterised by rapid economic growth and a high gross domestic product (GDP) per capita. This is partly due to the free-market economy, historically very Western-influenced infrastructural facilities and a mandatory and valuable education system.
Due to the so-called 'One China policy', the EU states do not pursue diplomatic exchanges with the country in the political field. Although there are no trade agreements between the EU and Taiwan, in principle all trade agreements concluded with China also apply to Taiwan. However, the EU and Taiwan maintain close economic relations.
For Taiwan transport, it is only logical for you as a company – together with Seacon as your professional partner – to take your logistics to a higher level. On this page, you can read more about our transport solutions for Taiwan.
Key transport routes Taiwan and your benefits
For an island nation like Taiwan, which has no dams or bridges to the mainland, air freight and sea freight are indispensable. There are four international ports along the Taiwanese coast and an airport can be found in every metropolis. Although these are the most popular means of transport, the country also has an extensive network of highways and railways. As a result, intermodal transport is also possible in Taiwan.
Interregional highways in particular, which often run from coast to coast, make it possible for local industry to transport raw materials to production sites and end products back to the logistics centres. The modern highway network also connects all major metropolitan areas with each other, making road transport an ideal addition to sea and air transport.
Furthermore, the railway network is efficient and fast. In addition to the 'ring railway' that runs around the entire island, Taiwan also has the 'Taiwan High-Speed Rail' that connects north to south. Taiwan is working to further modernise, expand, and electrify rail transport to make it future-proof and climate-neutral.
Important cities for cargo transport in Taiwan
The most important logistics centres are located on the Taiwanese coast. Both the main deep-sea ports and airports are in close proximity to the sea. From these coastal areas, especially in the western part of the island, many ferries sail to the main economic centres in China, allowing for the transport of people and goods.
Taiwan Taoyuan Airport is located in the north of Taiwan and is about 30 kilometres from the capital Taipei. It is the country's main airport and is, among other things, an important hub for China Airlines and an important transhipment point for goods. This means that the airport is also of supra-regional importance. The airport is well integrated into the transport network and can be reached within a few minutes by both train and highway.
From the Taiwanese port of Kaohsiung, the majority of goods transport (more than 50%) is transported by sea. Located in Kaohsiung's Special Economic Zone, the port ranks among the top 20 in the world in terms of cargo volume and owes its international importance to its geographically advantageous location. It is situated on the important trade route between China, Japan, Australia, the US and Southeast Asia. Due to its proximity to Hong Kong, the port also serves as an important gateway to the Asian market. The port also has an extensive infrastructure, including an oil refinery and a coal power plant.
Transport solutions from Seacon Logistics
We offer different types of transport to and from Taiwan. Whether it concerns general cargo, less-than-truckload or full-truckload shipping, air freight, sea freight or freight transport – we will ensure that your goods arrive at their destination safely and on time. Below you will find our transport solutions to and from Taiwan:
- Groupage transport to Taiwan
- Pallet shipment
- Partial loads (LTL / LCL)
- Full loads (FCL / FTL)
- Rail transport
- Deliveries in the city centre
- Delivery with tailboard
- Express delivery to Taiwan
Groupage Taiwan - LCL and LTL
The term LTL (Less Than Truck Load) is used in freight transport to indicate that only part of the available cargo space of the truck is filled. In the logistics industry, it is therefore common to combine several partial loads at one loading point or to add a partial load. In short, groupage or LTL is therefore the merging of several smaller loads into one larger load. This optimises the use of the freight container during road freight.
The abbreviation LCL stands for Less than Container Load and in sea freight refers to shipments that do not fill an entire container and are combined with other general cargo in a consolidated container. LCL transport mainly offers price advantages and some benefits in practical handling and stowage. For general cargo, only proportionate transport costs are incurred for the use of the container volume.
Full loads Taiwan - FCL or FTL
The abbreviation FCL (Full Container Load) is used in sea freight for full container loads. Unlike LCL: a load that only partially fills a container. With FCL loads, the container is loaded by a shipper and unloaded at the destination by a consignee.
With an FTL delivery (Full Truck Load), the shipment fills the entire available cargo space. The truck transports this shipment to its destination without reloading. This is for one recipient. This completely utilises the truck’s transport capacity.
Fast delivery is the main advantage of FTL. This is because there is no need for transhipment or extra route planning to different recipients. The truck drives directly to one destination. It is the most effective method of transporting goods by road to a final destination.
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Special transport Taiwan
In our wide range of transport services, we also offer special transport to and from Taiwan. This is the worldwide transport of long, high and heavy goods that do not fit in a container or truck. We believe it is important to comply with all international regulations and guidelines in this type of transport. Especially when transporting dangerous goods, regardless of whether they are transported to or from Taiwan to abroad. Below you will find an overview of all goods that Seacon Logistics transports:
- Long goods
- Dangerous goods (ADR)
- Boxes (KTN)
- Boxes (BOX)
- Heavy load
- Pallets (PLT)
- Gitter boxes (GIBO)
- Barrels (FSS)
- Other loose goods
Transport options Taiwan: to and from Asia, America, Europe and Africa
At Seacon Logistics we understand that, in addition to the quality of your products, fast shipping and associated satisfied customers are of great importance. That is why we facilitate the worldwide transport of your goods in all aspects. Goods transport within Europe is usually handled via road freight, but for shipments to and from Asia, America and Africa, we of course also have sea freight and air freight at your disposal.
From our locations at strategically located terminals, we supply all major consumer markets. By outsourcing your transport to and from Taiwan to Seacon Logistics, you benefit from the advantage that you do not have to worry about complicated coordination across different continents and time zones. With us, you are guaranteed – partly thanks to the excellent cooperation with our partner network – a fast, efficient and well-organised shipment.
Transit and delivery times for transport to Taiwan
To satisfy you and meet all your requirements, reliability and speed are paramount at Seacon Logistics. That is why we work closely with a worldwide partner network and can plan, execute and organise your transport efficiently.
It is also possible to send express shipments, we arrange this in collaboration with our network. Fast transport services and our in-house customs clearance ensure that your transport from Taiwan arrives at your customer faster than usual.
For daily updated information and reliable transport planning, please contact us directly. Our specialists are always ready to help you.
Customs: the correct import and export documents
Our focus is always on the entire logistics chain. To serve you even better, our in-house customs department takes care of the necessary import and export documents and transport certificates. Our Compliance Desk checks whether your goods comply with all guidelines and sanction regulations at the place of destination. This way you will not be faced with unpleasant surprises and you can concentrate on your core business. Thanks to our status as Authorised Economic Operator (previously AEO-certified) and 'preferred supplier', we can minimise delays. An important advantage for you as a customer.
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Incoterms®: Protect your international trade with Taiwan
As a global logistics chain director, Seacon Logistics deals a lot with Incoterms®. Although we are not involved in the commercial agreements between buyer and seller, we are often consulted about the dangers and consequences of the various Incoterms® before a transaction is concluded. In practice, many companies still underestimate the risks.
To ensure that contractual formulas in the trade of goods are interpreted equally by buyer and seller, we have created a white paper and an infographic.
Important additional information: Public holidays, driving bans and local details
In Taiwan, local specifics must be taken into account. These mainly apply to customs regulations, currency, and local rules and regulations. Below is an overview of what you need to take into account:
- Currency: In Taiwan, you must take into account the country's currency. You pay with the New Taiwan Dollar.
- Customs: There is no free trade agreement between Taiwan and the EU, so local customs regulations must be observed. As your logistics service provider, we are happy to assist you with this.
- Tolls: In Taiwan, tolls for all highways must be paid electronically.
- Roads: All roads in coastal areas are in excellent condition. However, in the middle of the island, closures or temporary interruptions due to climatic conditions may occur.
If you have more detailed questions about the specifics or rules in Taiwan, please feel free to contact our team. In a joint logistic analysis, we examine which aspects are relevant for your goods transport.
The strength of Seacon: logistics at its heart since 1985
Since the establishment of Seacon Logistics, we have been building our organisation as a leading logistics chain director. Today, Seacon Logistics has over 700 employees at various strategic locations throughout Europe. Yet the origins of the family business can still be felt in our organisation. And that is precisely where our strength lies. Logistic services from the heart, that's what we are all about!
With a strong we-feeling, we take on logistical challenges and work together to serve you as our customer in the best possible way. With innovative and efficient solutions, we take your logistics to a new level. Transparent communication, personal approach and entrepreneurship are the basis of our customers' trust.
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