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Border management of masks

1.When importing either medical or non-medical masks, a permit from the Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs (BOFT) is required. Starting July 27, 2021, due to the continued epidemic of severe infectious pneumonia, the import of a total of 250 masks or less, regardless of medical or non-medical, are exempted from the BOFT’s import permit. Importers need to fill in the special license-free code FT999999999998 on the import declaration.

2.To import medical masks, an importer will need either a license or an approval document issued by the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW), and apply for import inspection as well. For the purpose of self-use, individuals do not need to apply for import inspection. The MOHW stipulates that the import of a total of 250 medical masks or less is exempted from applying for a license. Importers need to fill in the special license-free code DHM99999999208 on the import declaration.

Issued:Dept. of Planning Release date:2021-07-29 Last updated:2021-08-02