I have been looking around the forum for info on DIY car imports to Taiwan. There is very little information out there in English and the info is out of date by many years. There is, however, an amazing Chinese site that lists every detailed step, pitfall, advantage and cost involved with self imports: http://car2tw.com
If I have time I will try to translate some more of the important bits, but for now here is an example of how much you are being gouged if you buy a foreign marque from a Taiwanese dealer:
Translated directly from http://car2tw.com/dutyexample6.aspx
某人於2008年5月去美國加州出差,喜歡上一台全新跑車Porsche Cayman 2-door S Coupe, 6-Cyl, 3400CC (2007型式),約US$56,000,手排,比較在台灣買同型式進口跑車,何者划算?
In this example somebody goes to California on business and likes the look of a Porsche Cayman S. The US price is approx $56,000 (manual/stick). How does the Taiwan dealer price compare?
To import a sportscar into Taiwan you need to calculate import tax with the following method:
- Check the Kelley Blue Blook FOB value (around US$41,0000)
- Check the NADA guide FOB value (around US$49,300)
- Use the lowest of these two prices for your final FOB value
Ｂ、貨物稅=(完稅價格+進口稅) × 30%=NT$466,342
Ｃ、營業稅=(完稅價格+進口稅+貨物稅) × 5% =NT$101,041
Freight (F): US$1300
Insurance (I): US$66
CIF Total: US$42,366 (FOB + I + F).
Dutiable Value: US$42,366 x 30.5 = NT$1,292,163
A: Import tax = dutiable value x 20.3% = NT$262,309
B: Excise duty = (dutiable value + import tax) x 30% = NT$466,342
C: Business tax (VAT) = (dutiable value + import tax + VAT) x 5% = NT$101,041
D: Business promotion service fee = dutiable value x 0.04% = NT$517
其他如運費+報關費+倉儲費+ARTC驗車費等等 = NT$120,000
Therefore the total fees for import are import tax + excise duty + VAT + business promotion fee = NT$830,209. Other fees are transport + customs clearance + warehousing + ARTC (emissions and safety checks) etc. = NT$120,000
而在台灣買一台2007中古Porsche Cayman S Couple大約是410萬, 請參閱保時捷台灣總代理永業公司,此車里程數為4,260 km,掛牌年度為12/07, 價格為NT$4,122,000, 顏色為 Arctic Silver Metallic.
也就是說買台新車,再進口至台灣, 比起在台灣買中古車, 大約可省台幣150萬左右.
The total price to import a new car into Taiwan is therefore 56,000 * 30.5 + 830,209 + 120,000 = NT$2,550,209
To buy a USED 2007 Porsche Cayman S in Taiwan is around NT$410 million (refer to Porsche's approved used cars where the same car with 4,260km on the clock and a registered date of 12/07 in Arctic Silver Metallic is priced at NT$4,122,000).
In other words, a DIY import of the same car bought abroad will save you around NT$1.5 million
自己買新車運回台灣唯一的問題是保固及事後維修, 這簡單, 引擎壞了就換顆新引擎,電腦壞了就換顆新的,沒事就回總代理保養(其他保養廠搶著要做您Porsche的生意,因為利潤太高了). 您甚至把車全撞爛了, 150萬也修得好.
您還知道個台灣總代理不能說的秘密嗎? 在台灣保固只有兩年,在美國的保固期則長達四年. 在台灣保固期內定期維修,要付材料費, 人工費則免費, 在美國四年的保固期內定期維修,材料費及人工費均免費，且保養時，免費提供代步車使用一天，無里程限制，在台灣材料費較美國貴, 人工費較美國便宜. 所以總代理賣車賣得很貴, 賺您一大把, 連事後維修保養也不放過您,再賺您一小把(四年維修保養至少也要好幾萬元)，參閱車商暴利。
Once Taiwan has entered the WTO the rates of import duty will be reduced year-on-year so in future the cost of DIY imports will be even lower.
The only problem with importing your own car is the warranty and service, but it's pretty simple - if the engine fails, replace it with a new engine. If the computer fails, replace it with a new computer. For regular service just take it to the main dealer (everyone will want to service your Porsche because the margins are so high). If you write off your car, NT$1.5 million will get it sorted.
And do you want to know another secret of the Taiwan dealers? In Taiwan the warranty is only two years but in America it's four years. During Taiwan's warranty period you have to pay for parts but in America any warranty service or repair is completely free. Porsche America will also provide a replacement car for the day with no mileage limit. In Taiwan the parts are all more expensive than America but of course the labour is cheaper. So the main dealer is gouging and making a huge profit from you - not just when you buy the car but through its entire lifetime.