Shipping a package from the USA to Taiwan means sending a package as far as it can go around the world before it starts coming back around the other way.
The time difference between Washington, D.C. and Taipei is 12 hours. Flying that distance takes 24 hours. And shipping a package takes almost two weeks.
I’ve shipped lots of packages to Taiwan in the last few years, but this was the first time the package tracking worked properly from the drop-off in the USA to the delivery in Taichung. It’s great news, as I am a Tracking Addict and this gives me hope that Taiwan will soon offer such services for more of their packages.
Here’s a breakdown of my shipment, to give you an idea of how long it takes for a package to travel around the world, if you happen to be shipping something to Taiwan from the USA.
I shipped a 32lb (15kg) large box with USPS Priority Mail International from a small town post office in North Carolina to my apartment in Taichung, Taiwan.
It cost me US$150 (TW$4600).
Leaving the USA
The package was dropped off at a post office in NC and later taken to Miami; it took 34 hours for the box to travel 800mi (1300km).
It took the USPS 45 hours to process the package through the International Sort Facility in Miami.
Six hours later it was dropped off at U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Miami. It spent 29 hours in Customs before being put on a plane to Taiwan.
Overall, the time between the package being dropped off in NC and it leaving the USA was 114 hours, or, 4 days, 18 hours.
Getting to Taiwan
It took the package 36 hours to fly from Miami to Taipei, a distance of 8600mi (14000km).
Three hours after landing, it was sent to a sort facility. Another 26 hours later, the package left the facility on its way to the Taiwan Customs Administration, but it didn’t arrive at TCA for another 20 hours (so it took 46 hours to go from the airport arrival to the TCA).
The package then spent 76 hours with the Taiwan Customs Administration before it was finally released into the hands of the Chunghua Post Office for delivery.
The post office took the package from Taipei to my door in Taichung, 100mi (160km) away, delivering it 26 hours later.
Overall, the time between the package’s arrival in Taipei and it arriving in Taichung was 154 hours, or, 6 days, 10 hours.
NC to Taipei: 6 days, 6 hours.
Taipei to Taichung: 6 days, 7 hours.
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