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Ocean and Air Freight Shipping From Taiwan to Brazil

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Updated on 16 Mar 202212 min read

][Brazil has long been Taiwan’s biggest trade partner in Latin America. In 2017, Brazil was Taiwan’s 24th-largest export destination. Bilateral trade totaled USD 3.86 billion in 2017, with Taiwan’s exports to Brazil amounting to $1.26 billion (USD).

Should you wish to import from Taiwan to Brazil, then this guide is for you. We understand that transporting freight globally is a complex task. That’s why we've collated and compiled valuable information on this page to support your business in transporting freight from Taiwan to Brazil in an efficient and stress-free manner.

What Are Your Options for Shipping Freight From Taiwan to Brazil?

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For importing from Taiwan to Brazil, you have the option of either air or ocean shipping. Both alternatives have their pros and cons, which we will discuss further below.

Ocean Freight From Taiwan to Brazil

Less than Container Load (LCL): LCL shipping involves products being loaded into a container along with additional cargo and goods belonging to other shippers. This mode of transport can be more economical as you’ll only pay for the weight and dimensions that your freight occupies.

Full Container Load (FCL): FCL shipping involves paying a flat, per-container rate for shipping your products. The advantage of this is that you have a dedicated container for your cargo. For larger consignments, this mode of transport usually turns out to be cheaper than LCL.

Air Freight from Taiwan to Brazil

For an urgent import from Taiwan to Brazil, having your cargo shipped by air is the optimal choice. Unfortunately, this express method of transport comes at a premium fee. Generally, shipping via air is much more expensive than via sea.

How Much Does it Cost to Ship Cargo From Taiwan to Brazil?

The final and full cost of your export from Taiwan to Brazil depends on several factors, including:

  • Nature or type of products
  • Preferred method of shipping (FCL, LCL, Air)
  • Weight and dimensions of the shipment
  • Transport distance between the port of origin and final destination
  • Preferred type of service i.e. Port-to-Port or Door-to-Door

Here’s an interesting insight for you: For freight of less than 100 kg in weight, the expected cost of air and ocean freight would be quite similar. However, once your consignment exceeds 100 kg, the price of shipping via sea is usually less than shipping via air.

It’s also important to note that some freight forwarders, Shipa Freight included, don’t ship all weight brackets. Therefore, an international courier service is typically the better choice for shipments weighing less than 35 kg.

How Long Does it Take to Ship Cargo From Taiwan to Brazil?

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There are noticeable differences between the transit times of air and ocean shipping. With air shipping, your freight can arrive within a couple of days in Brazil. Transporting an entire shipping container from Taiwan to Brazil via sea will take at least a few weeks.

How Long Does It Take to Ship Cargo by Sea From Taiwan to Brazil?

To give you an idea of how long you’ll have to wait for your cargo to arrive, an FCL or LCL from Taiwan to Brazil can take anywhere from 20 to 46 days to cross the Atlantic and Indian Ocean.

How Long Does It Take to Ship Cargo by Air From Taiwan to Brazil?

Shipping your cargo via air from Taiwan to Brazil will usually take between five and eight days. As there is currently no direct flight available, your freight will have to transit at least once.

Customs Clearance in Taiwan and Brazil

Customs clearance is mandatory for every import from Taiwan to Brazil. Since this can be a complex process, freight forwarders and agents can be hired to execute this task and prevent any issues, complications, and delays. Furthermore, an experienced expert can help ensure that your shipment is compliant with the customs laws of Taiwan and Brazil as well as any relevant international regulations.

However, even with a freight forwarder supporting you, you have the important duty of preparing and submitting the relevant forms and documents. Customs authorities typically ask for the following documents, as a minimum:

  1. Commercial Invoice
  2. Packing List
  3. Certificate of Origin
  4. Letter of Credit or other payment terms (depends on the contract between the parties involved)
  5. Bill of Lading for ocean freight or Airway Bill for air freight (Shipa Freight will provide this for you)

Other paperwork, such as licenses, permits, or certificates, might be required to finalize the process. Your freight forwarder can advise and guide you in any case. Check out our documents list to learn more about the different documents and see some examples.

Should You Choose Ocean Freight or Air Freight?

Ocean Freight

The majority of exporters utilize ocean shipping to transport their commercial freight from Taiwan to Brazil. Maritime vessels usually transport the cargo from port to port in shipping containers. Should your ocean freight not fit inside a standard container, then carriers can also ship break-bulk and other specialized container types. Below you will find an explanation of the two most commonly used sea freight options: FCL and LCL.

Considerations for LCL Freight Shipping

Pros: This method is usually the least expensive for shipping consignments that don’t exceed a total volume of 14 CBM. With LCL, you can just drop-off and/or collect your goods from the freight forwarder’s or carrier’s warehouse, instead of loading and unloading the container yourself. LCL can benefit your supply chain since your goods can be transported immediately rather than being delayed while waiting for the container to be filled.

Cons: For fragile and perishable products, there is an increased risk of damage due to the additional handling and movements involved. The extra steps of consolidation and deconsolidation in this method can lead to a longer transit time compared with FCL.

Considerations for FCL Freight Shipping


  • Fastest method of ocean shipping.
  • Usually the least expensive option for shipments with a volume larger than 14 CBM.
  • The cargo will be sealed in an unopened container (subject to customs decision for inspection) until it reaches the final destination.


  • You have to pay a flat fee for the entire unit.
  • Loading and delivery options for an FCL can be more constrained as your supplier and buyer might not have the facilities to load and unload a whole container.

Air Freight


  • This mode of transport has the shortest expected transit times.
  • Ideal for perishable products with a short shelf-life.
  • Best for high-value cargo as airlines and airports keep up tight security standards.
  • Weather doesn’t influence air freight that much, which results in reliable delivery dates.
  • Can be the most affordable method for shipping a couple of pallets or less.
  • Air shipping is ideal for suppliers and/or buyers that have locations and supply chains close to an international airport.


  • For larger volume and heavier cargo, this method of shipping would generally be more expensive.
  • Not an ideal option for bulky cargo due to the limits of an aircraft holding area.

Ocean Cargo Port Guide

Cargo Ports of Origin in Taiwan

Keelung (Chilung)

Port Facts:

  • Located 37 km to the east of Taipei towards the north of Taiwan.
  • Another name for this port is Keelung Harbor.
  • Ships to the Matsu Islands, Okinawa, Xiamen, and Keelung Islet.
  • This port can be accessed via the Taiwan Railway network.

Owned By: Taiwan International Ports Corporation.

Annual Container Volume: >1.5 million TEUs.



Port Facts:

  • Largest port in the country.
  • Located in the south of Taiwan.
  • To increase capacity, new container facilities were added in 2017.
  • Ideal for exporters near Yancheng, Gushan, Lingya, and Siaogang.

Owned By: Taiwan International Ports Corporation.

Annual Container Volume: >10.2 million TEUs.



Port Facts:

  • Second-largest port in Taiwan.
  • Located in the district of Wuqi, towards the west coast of the island.
  • Covers a 3,800-hectare area.
  • Eight berths for cargo vessels spread over 2,377 meters.

Owned By: Taiwan International Ports Corporation.

Annual Container Volume: >1.7 million TEUs.



Port Facts:

  • Third-busiest port for containerized freight in the country.
  • Newest among Taiwan’s international ports.
  • Situated in the Bali District in New Taipei.
  • Has an annual handling capacity of 4 million TEUs.

Owned By: Taiwan International Ports Corporation.

Annual Container Volume: 1.6 million TEUs.


Cargo Port of Arrival in Brazil


Port Facts:

  • Second-busiest container gateway in Brazil.
  • 20th-busiest port in the Caribbean and Latin America.
  • Contains a 50,000 square meter fully automated warehouse.

Owned By: Portonave S/A.

Annual Container Volume: >800,000 TEUs.



Port Facts:

  • Third-largest seaport in Brazil pertaining to freight and container shipping.
  • Situated in the state of Paraná, close to Curitiba city.
  • In operation since 1872.

Owned By: Administração dos Portos de Paranaguá e Antonina.

Annual Container Volume: >2 million TEUs.



Port Facts:

  • Located in Brazil’s northwest of Brazil, in All Saints Bay.
  • Optimal for a supply chain that requires transporting goods from the state of Bahia.
  • Located around 1,200 kilometers southwest of Rio de Janeiro.
  • Chemicals, perishables, and vehicles are major imports into this port.

Owned By: Companhia das Docas do Estado de Bahia.

Annual Container Volume: >300,000 TEUs.


Rio de Janeiro

Port Facts:

  • Known as the third-busiest port in Brazil.
  • Located on the western coast of the Guanabara Bay.
  • Features a 883-meter pier and a 7,000-meter wharf.

Owned By: Companhia Docas do Rio de Janeiro.

Annual Container Volume: >170,000 TEUs.



Port Facts:

  • Situated in the state of Pernambuco, in the city of Ipojuca.
  • Located about 1,300 kilometers to the northwest of Rio de Janeiro.
  • Has a cargo throughput of around 5 million tonnes per year.

Owned By: Governor Eraldo Gueiros Industrial Port Complex.

Annual Container Volume: >400,000 TEUs.


Ports in Brazil

Your ocean freight from Taiwan can also land at any of the following Brazilian ports:

  • Manaus
  • Rio Grande do Sul
  • Itaguai
  • Belem
  • Santos
  • Itapoa
  • Vitoria
  • Itajai

Flying Your Freight: Airport Guide

###Airports of Origin in Taiwan


Airport Facts:

  • Called the Taoyuan International Airport.
  • Asia’s five largest airports are only 175 minutes of flight time on average away.
  • Busiest and largest airport in Taiwan.
  • Located in the north of Taiwan, approximately 40 km west of central Taipei.

Brazilian Airports Served: None.

Taipei to Brazil Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Airport Facts:

  • Second-busiest airport in the country.
  • Situated in southern Taiwan, in the district of Siaogang.
  • Also known as Siaogang Airport.
  • Has one east-west runway and two terminals.

Brazilian Airports Served: None.

Kaohsiung to Brazil Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Airports of Arrival in Brazil

São Paulo Viracopos

Airport Facts:

  • Also referred to as the São Paulo Campinas Airport
  • Second-busiest air freight center in Brazil.
  • Freight terminal covers an area of 77,000 square meters.
  • Provides ideal access to the hinterland via courier traffic express lanes.

Connected Airports in Taiwan: None

Taiwan to São Paulo Viracopos Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Belo Horizonte

Airport Facts:

  • Situated in the state of Minas Gerais, approximately 38 km to the north of central Belo Horizonte.
  • Annually, this airport can process 18,000 tonnes of air cargo.
  • Houses a 6,400 square meter warehouse.

Connected Airports in Taiwan: None

Taiwan to Belo Horizonte Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Porto Alegre

Airport Facts:

  • Optimal gateway for imports bound for the southern states of Brazil.
  • Covers around 3.8 million square meters.
  • Can process about 30,000 tonnes of cargo per year.

Connected Airports in Taiwan: None

Taiwan to Porto Alegre Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Airport Facts:

  • Also called the Guararapes International Airport.
  • Located 14 kilometers from Recife’s city center.
  • Ideally placed to serve the east coast of Brazil.
  • Has the longest runway in Brazil.

Connected Airports in Taiwan: None

Taiwan to Recife Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Airport Facts:

  • Third-busiest airport in terms of freight movements in Brazil.
  • Situated in the Amazon rainforest.
  • Houses three cargo terminals that handle up to 12,000 tonnes of cargo every month.

Connected Airports in Taiwan: None

Taiwan to Manaus Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Other Airports in Brazil

You can also ship your cargo to any one of the following air freight gateways in Brazil:

  • Salvador
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Curitiba
  • São Paulo - Guarulhos

Why Ship From Taiwan to Brazil With Shipa Freight?

Apart from speeding up your supply chain, we can streamline the process of sending your freight from Taiwan to Brazil. To meet all of your international logistics needs, whether via ocean or air shipping, we have instituted a digital-first, online approach to freight forwarding. It allows you to manage the entire shipping process on our modern online platform.

The following are the advantages you get when you are shipping with us:

  • Easy-to-understand quotes issued via our online system.
  • Instant online booking and payment.
  • All of your imports and exports visible and managed in one place.
  • Transparent shipping paperwork.
  • Customs clearance done for you.
  • 24/7 customer service at your disposal.
  • Full compliance with local and international shipping regulations.

Know Your Shipping Terminology

Even if you’re new to shipping, you’ve likely already encountered some words or phrases that have left you confused. Understanding what they mean will help you communicate your needs to experts more easily. That’s why we’re featuring definitions of some potentially confusing terms at the end of each of our country-to-country pages. This page’s terms are defined below:

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