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Taipei Customs Urged the Public to Apply for an Import Permit Before Importing Cannabidiol (CBD) Products and Its Extracts

Taipei Customs urged the public not to do cross-border online shopping for those products containing Cannabidiol (CBD), which has been classified as a "drug" and regulated by the "Pharmaceutical Affairs Act". In this regard, if an importer obtain a prescription for those drugs issued by a doctor, he/she can submit the relevant documents to the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for granting to issue a permit. Any import without approval from the Taiwan FDA may violate the provisions of the aforesaid Act and will be transferred to judicial authorities for further investigation.

Taipei Customs further stated that in accordance with "Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation" article 15, paragraph 1, subparagraph 9, foods or food additives with those that have never been provided for human consumption and proven to be harmless to human health shall not be manufactured, processed, prepared, packaged, transported, stored, sold, imported, exported, presented as a gift or publicly displayed. Cannabis and its related products are not allowed to be used as food additives. Taipei customs called on the public to be aware of the ingredients of commodities labeling before doing cross-border online shopping.

Taipei Customs suggests citizens to consult with the Taiwan FDA, if there is any questions about importation of these products, so as to better understand relevant regulations. Taipei Customs will continue to interdict controlled articles to protect citizens' physical and mental health.

Issued:Customs Administration Release date:2023-12-19 Last updated:2023-12-19 Click times:302
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