Captain wrote:I have seen somewhere that Taobao/Alibaba was asked to leave Taiwan ?
I am not sure what that means really and if can still order from Taobao in Mainland China with delivery here ?
If so, do we have to pay taxes or duties ? How long does it take usually ?
From what I remember they just needed to close their office and cannot advertise here but stuff gets delivered without issues, I've done it many times. You have to provide an ID number for the customs but I've never been assessed any duties or taxes. How long it takes depends on the forwarder/consolidator you choose, and on where the seller is located in China. It can be less than a week (order on Monday and get it delivered on Friday).
If you want it fast, make sure you choose SF Express as forwarder for sellers from Guangdong, as their warehouse is in Shenzhen, or any of the other ones if your sellers are closer to Shanghai, as this is where the rest of the warehouses are. Otherwise, expect to add 2-3 days extra for domestic shipping.
One limitation is that the official forwarders do not allow "special goods" (特貨), which includes anything with a Li-Ion battery, no matter how small. Shipping such stuff is also possible but you need to use a third-party consolidator or forwarder.
I wouldn't recommend getting into it though unless you are comfortable with your Chinese, as occasionally there are hiccups that can only be resolved by 阿里旺旺. Taobao website is also a pain in the ass to use.