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Posted on September 07, 2017

Less paper more speed

Starting August 31st, 2017 Taiwan’s Customs system allows the online applications of certain import/export declaration forms endorsed by Customs. This is applied to C1 declaration without supplementary document required and C2 paperless declaration submission, which includes inbound declaration the 2nd copy and outbound declaration the fifth copy. The Taxpayer, exporter, importer or authorized broker will be allowed to login on the CPT single Window under http://portal.sw.nat.gov.tw/PPL/index (permit is required). Login will require a Citizen Digital Certificate or Business certificate must be done on line.

For technical or transmission questions, please call the hotline of CPT Single Window at
0800-299-889.

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Shipping Power Banks with FedEx (Effective January 1, 2017)

Posted on December 30, 2016

Shipping Power Banks with FedEx

Effective January 1, 2017, shipments containing Power Banks must be classified as batteries, assigned as UN 3480 lithium ion batteries or UN 3090 lithium metal batteries, where applicable, and prepared in accordance with the “2017 IATA Lithium Battery Guidance Document” published by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

“Power Banks" are portable devices containing a lithium battery or batteries with a circuit to control the power flow. They are designed to be able to charge consumer devices such as mobile phones and tablets.

Power Banks must therefore be tendered as fully regulated Section IA or IB UN 3480 lithium ion batteries or UN 3090 lithium metal batteries, whichever is applicable, for transport in the FedEx system. All UN 3090 Power Banks are subject to the FedEx pre-approval process.

For your reference, the following are examples of common types of Power Banks:

  • Universal Power Bank. This comes in many sizes and configurations, which can be tailored to the needs of the user and device. This item typically has a Mini or Micro-USB socket for charging and full-sized USB sockets for discharging.
  • Solar-Charged Power Bank. This has photovoltaic panels, which can trickle-charge the internal battery when placed in sunlight.
  • Battery Phone Case. While this older style can be handy, it has very narrow device compatibility.

Please refer to the 2017 IATA Lithium Battery Guidance Document for further information as to how these devices must be classified and prepared for air transport.

Should you have any questions, please contact your local FedEx Customer Service team and ask to speak with a Dangerous Goods specialist.

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