3,000 luxury cars unloaded at Port of Taichung today, breaking previous record

Three thousand cars imported from Europe were unloaded at the Port of Taichung on December 21, breaking the record for the number of cars unloaded in one shipment at the port.

The cars were carried by the Norwegian 56,164 gross tonnage vehicle carrier Hoegh Trident.

The shipment also broke the record for the highest value for a single shipment since the Port of Taichung was opened 44 years ago, port authorities said.

The shipment is valued at almost NT$10 billion (approx. US$355 million), and is estimated to have contributed NT$4.05 billion to the national treasury in import tariffs and luxury taxes.

The shipment included 1,513 Mercedes Benz, 1,326 BMW, and 158 Mini Cooper cars. Two camper trailers, an excavator and a quantity of car parts were also part of the shipment.

According to the Customs Administration for the Ministry of Finance, as of December 21, the cumulative number of imported cars at the Port of Taichung for this year was 39,635, with a total market value of NT$130.79 billion, and around NT$53.5 billion in import tariffs paid.

The previous record for number of cars unloaded in one shipment was also made this year, when 2,646 cars were imported on August 25.

After facing a shutdown in auto production in March, European manufacturers started production again in June. Since August an average of five shipments per month have arrived at the port.

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