NT dollar going strong, but imports as pricey as ever (2021/01/13)
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  • 英文 English 
    NT dollar going strong, but imports as pricey as ever (2021/01/13)

    A strong currency usually makes exports less competitive while reducing the cost of imports. But forex watchers may be frustrated to find that the rising Taiwan dollar isn't having much impact on import prices. Import merchants say the high cost of shipping since the outbreak of COVID is making it hard to pass currency gains onto consumers.

    A "daigou" import reseller sorts through a fresh order of Japanese and Korean snacks, as well as accessories from the U.S.A.

    A mountain of handbags: Ms. Liu opens each one to inspect it. She's been reselling imported goods for many years, but with the pandemic spurring a boom in online shopping, she's busier than ever. With the Taiwan dollar rising against the greenback, however, customers are trying to haggle down prices.

    Ms. Liu
    'Daigou' reseller
    The shipping costs have really risen a lot recently, almost doubled. We can't push the prices down too low, because, you know, the shipping is expensive.

    Demand for shipping has soared in the pandemic, with space in shipping containers continuing to get pricier. Before COVID, shipping from the U.S. to Taiwan was about NT$200 per pound. Now it's NT$400. For an import reseller, once-monthly shipping costs of NT$100,000 might now be almost twice that, wiping out any gains made from the strong NT dollar.

    Darson Chiu
    Taiwan Institute of Economic Research
    These manufacturers are wanting to clear out their warehouses. Inventory is bought in at quite high prices, and shipping costs are rising. Comparing the costs, it's not gotten cheaper.

    The NT dollar IS strong, however, and in 2021 continues to approach US$27. But while we're unable to go abroad or get discounts on imported stuff, it's hard to take advantage of the moment.
    中文 Chinese  
    貨櫃櫃位價格飆漲 成本幾近抵銷台幣升值利潤

    台幣不斷強升,但進口商品,以美元計價,卻遲遲沒有反映台幣匯率升值的好處,讓不少民眾認為,台幣升值 根本看得到吃不到,也頻頻催促進口商應該適度降價,不過進口業者說,受到全球貨櫃大缺貨,運費已漲一倍,根本沒有降價空間。



    [[代購業者 劉小姐]]


    [[台經院研究員 邱達生]]

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