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Philippines Customs seizes 100 tonnes Taiwan garlic worth P40 million

TAIPEI: Philippines Bureau of Customs personnel seized two more 40-foot shipping containers of imported garlic, following the confiscation of two shipping containers of garlic last week at the Port of Batangas. District Collector Ernesto Benitez said the seized items have reached a total of 100 metric tons (100,000 kilos) valued at up to P40 million. The garlic came from Taiwan. ... Read More »

Taiwan CPC to cut gasoline prices by NT$0.1 per liter, diesel unchanged

TAIPEI: State-run oil refiner CPC Corp, Taiwan said it would cut gasoline prices by NT$0.1 per liter, with diesel prices remaining unchanged here the other day, as global crude oil prices fell slightly last week. On Monday last week, the company raised gasoline and diesel prices by NT$0.1 per liter, bringing to an end the declining trend recorded in the ... Read More »

NZ Customs seizes 22kg meth, clutches two Taiwanese smugglers

TAIPEI: Kiwi Police and Customs have made New Zealand’s second-biggest methamphetamine haul, finding 22 kilograms of the drug hidden in cargo from Taiwan here the other day. Police said the drug, with an estimated street value of $22 million, was seized here the other day as part of an operation codenamed Georgie. Two Taiwanese nationals have been arrested and charged ... Read More »

Taiwan’s exports grow by 2.7%, imports rise by 1.6% in 2014

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s exports and imports rose marginally in 2014 despite falling year-on-year in December, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said here the other day. Taiwan’s exports grew 2.7 percent in 2014 to a record high US$313.84 billion, while imports rose 1.6 percent to US$274.23 billion, according to MOF statistics released here the other day. In December alone, the country’s exports ... Read More »

1,000-tonne vessel joins Taiwan Coast Guard to boost capability for sea patrols

TAIPEI: A new 1,000-ton vessel was commissioned by the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) in Kaohsiung to boost the nation’s capability for sea patrols and rescue missions here the other day. The launching ceremony of the vessel, named the “Taoyuan” was held at a shipyard of the Jong Shyn Shipbuilding Group in Kaohsiung, Southern Taiwan. The ship, serial number CG132, is ... Read More »

Taiwan’s Kaohsiung port handles 10.59m TEU of container volumes in 2014

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s Kaohsiung port handled 10.59m teu of container volumes in 2014, an increase of 6.6% compared to 9.94m teu of throughput in 2013, according to data from Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau here the other day. The final throughput figure for last year saw the port authority achieved its 2014 target of 10.4m teu. The Kaohsiung port authority noted that the ... Read More »

Taiwan authorities sentence life imprisonment to six Malaysians for smuggling drugs

TAIPEI: Six Malaysian men have been arrested on charges of smuggling heroin into Taiwan, an offence punishable by life imprisonment, officials said here the other day. Investigators and police raided a hotel in central Taipei Saturday and arrested five Malaysians after the sixth Malaysian and a Taiwanese man were caught selling the drug on the street, said an officer from ... Read More »

Taiwan MediaTek’s MT6975 chip receives certification by China Mobile

TAIPEI: MediaTek Inc., Taiwan’s leading fables semiconductor company, announced that its MT6975 smartphone chip has received certification in record time by China Mobile here the other day. According to sources close to the industry, the Taiwanese chip maker received certification by the world’s largest mobile phone operator, as measured by subscribers, in three weeks, much faster than the average of ... Read More »

Philippines police catch drug smuggler with Taiwan’s cooperation

TAIPEI: Philippines Police have arrested a suspected smuggler bringing illegal drugs from China to the Philippines with the help of Taiwan, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) in Taipei said here the other day. Acting on the intelligence provided by Taiwan, a Philippine anti-drug police squad discovered around 40 kilograms of amphetamine in four water pumps during X-ray checks on “special ... Read More »

Taiwan police bust drug trafficking ring with Int’l cooperation

TAIPEI: The joint efforts and cooperation between Taiwan police authorities on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, Malaysia and the United Kingdom recently resulted in a crackdown on a drug-smuggling ring in Taiwan, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) announced here the other day. The CIB said in a released statement that police forces in the Greater Taipei area had arrested ... Read More »

Taiwan’s Asia Pacific Telecom suffers NT$10.207b pre-tax loss in 2014

TAIPEI: Asia Pacific Telecom (APT), a CDMA 2000 and a 4G operator in Taiwan, suffered pre-tax losses of NT$10.207 billion (US$332 million) in 2014, according to the company here the other day. The loss mainly stemmed from recognizing impairment of NT$10.366 billion in CDMA 2000 assets, it said. As CDMA 2000 carriers around the world have been replacing CDMA EV-DO ... Read More »

Taiwan police seize bootleg 122g heroin, clutch three smugglers

TAIPEI: Taiwan police have arrested two Malaysians and a Taiwanese suspects in connection with a cross-border heroine-smuggling ring, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) announced here the other day. The arrests were made during separate raids in Taoyuan county. The two Malaysian suspects both surnamed Tan and a Taiwanese surnamed Liang were apprehended during the raids, the CIB said in a ... Read More »

South Korea Customs clutches nine Taiwanese for 60.75kg gold smuggling

TAIPI: Customs authorities in South Korea announced that they have cracked a smuggling ring in which gold was brought into the country via people’s cracks. Police have issued warrants for the arrest of the alleged mastermind of the crime, a 47-year-old man going by the name of Zou, along with eight accomplices. According to reports, potential asses/mules were found in ... Read More »

Taiwan’s export orders hit $472.8 billion in 2014

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s export orders hit a record high of $472.8 billion in 2014 thanks to robust demand for handheld devices including Apple’s iPhone 6, government officials said. The 6.7 percent rise over the previous year marked the highest growth since 7.2 percent in 2011. The growth rate stood at only 1.1 percent in 2012 and 0.4 percent in 2013, as ... Read More »

Chinese yuan-denominated remittances from Taiwanese banks rise about 44% in Dec

TAIPEI: Chinese yuan-denominated remittances from Taiwanese banks at the end of December rose about 44 percent from a month earlier amid warming business ties across the strait, according to Taiwan’s central bank. The central bank’s statistics showed that yuan remittances through Taiwanese domestic banking units (DBUs) and offshore banking units (OBUs) totaled 319.04 billion yuan (US$51.46 billion) at the end ... Read More »

Taiwan generates record revenue of US$13.5 billion through foreign tourists

TAIPEI: Taiwan welcomed nearly 10 million foreign nationals into the country last year and generated a record high revenue of NT$437 billion (US$13.5 billion), the Tourism Bureau said. A record 9.9 million foreigners visited Taiwan last year, marking a 24 percent annual increase and the largest-ever annual tourism growth for the country, the bureau said. Compared with other countries, Taiwan ... Read More »

Taiwan’s Wan Hai to launch Japan-Vietnam service

JAPAN: Wan Hai Lines recently disclosed that they are going to launch Japan-Vietnam service which will connect Kansai and Haiphong, going to be named Kansai Haiphong Service 2. Three 700teu-box ships will be deployed for the JSH2 with a port rotation of Hakata, Moji, Incheon, Dalian, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Haiphong, Fangcheng, Hong Kong, and Kaohsiung. This will be Wan Hai’s ... Read More »

Taiwan’s Tax Authority plans to impose duty on online purchases

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s tax authorities plan to charge a duty on imported goods purchased online even if their value is under NT$3,000 (US$95). The amendment to this regulation is believed to be aimed at imposing taxes to goods bought online and sent to Taiwan by Taobao, China’s leading online shopping platform. Taiwanese buyers who may themselves operate stores have until now ... Read More »

Int’l Trade Administration urges US customs to collect deposits on Taiwanese CSPV products

TAIPEI: The U.S. Department of Commerce (through its U.S. International Trade Administration) issued instructions to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (U.S. Customs) for collecting cash deposits specified in the alleged less than fair value import (dumping) investigation against Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic (CSPV) products from Taiwan. The U.S. Customs instructions implement the December 16, 2014 Affirmative Final Determination of ITA with ... Read More »

Taiwan leads with 50% share in total aquatic products export in 2014

TAIPEI: About 50% of the total imported aquatic products via Xiamen Port were from Taiwan, followed by Indonesia with 40% and other regions with 10%. According to statistics released, the average aquatic product consumption of Xiamen residents is 35kg per person a year, however, about 80% of seafood sold in Xiamen were imported from other regions. The Tongyi Wharf in ... Read More »