Travelers bringing in excess supplements face prison time
By Ted Chen, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Customs Administration (關務署) yesterday urged the public to be aware of regulations regarding the amount of medication and dietary supplements that travelers are allowed to bring into the country, as violations may result in fines of up to NT$10 million, and up to 10 years of incarceration.
March 8, 2013, 12:16 am TWN
Common violations include bringing excess amounts of Glucosamine and multivitamins, which may not exceed 6 bottles and 2,400 capsules respectively.
For Chinese herbal medicines, the allowable amount is limited at 12 ping (坪).
The Customs Administration urges the public to not risk smuggling charges in an attempt to benefit from the price arbitrage of cheaper medication found abroad.
Unfortunately, in most cases most infractions were committed out of ignorance of regulations, said the Customs Administration, adding that having a criminal record for charges of smuggling may seriously jeopardize one's immigration status.
Travelers are advised to consult the regulations before hand, declare what they are carrying to Customs officials voluntarily, or spread the amount among fellow travelers to conform to individual limits, said the Customs Administration.