Administration of Imports from Mainland China
In order to further simplify administrative procedures and provide all sectors with an understanding of the liberalization of imports from Mainland China, the BOFT announced that on April 1, 1998, the procedure of listing agricultural and industrial imports from Mainland China would be governed by the “Classification of Import & Export Commodities of the R.O.C.”. It was also announced that the conditional import of goods from Mainland China would be permitted and governed by the “Consolidated List of Conditional Import Items of Mainland China Origin and Regulations Governing Import of Mainland China Origin Commodities”. As a consequence of cross-strait accession to the WTO, the MOEA further deregulated the import restrictions on 2,058 product items of China origin, effective Feb. 15, 2002 and 316 items effective Nov. 18, 2002. At present, up to 8,810 items, amounting to 80.56% of all the 10,936 items under the HS ten-digit code, can be imported from China freely. Of these 8,810 items, 7,366 items are industrial products, and 1,444 items are agricultural goods. Future Prospects The current process of liberalizing the import of goods from Mainland China adopts a broad principle, whereby goods that do not jeopardize national security and do not have any serious adverse effects on related industries will be considered. Further, the process for examining and approving liberalization has been simplified to reduce the time needed, which will be beneficial to maintaining positive cross-strait relations. In the future, Taiwan will continue to review cross strait trade policies and relax restrictions on the import of goods from Mainland China, in order to achieve a normalized trade relationship between the two sides.