California and Taiwan

  • Building on Strong Trade Ties

    In 2015, California’s exports to Taiwan reached $7.821 Billion, a 4.7% increase from 2014. Taiwan is California’s 5th largest export market in Asia, and 7th largest export market in the world. California has a long term and strong business relationship with Taiwan. There are more than 800 Taiwanese companies have either set their branch officer or have direct/indirect investments in California.

    With Taiwan’s mature ICT industry, companies from California have heavily invested in Taiwan, establishing a strong bilateral relationship. According to the Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs, by July 2012 the total direct investment from California to Taiwan amounted to $1.66 billion USD.

  • Growing a Key Market for Innovation

    In addition to its mature and well established ICT industries, Taiwan is rapidly developing its biotech, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and renewable energy industries. Enhancing trade ties with Taiwan will help California not only increase its exports to Taiwan, but also promote bilateral cooperation in innovation through Silicon Valley and beyond.

  • Bringing New Trade and Investment Opportunities to the Golden State California has already attracted investment from many Taiwanese companies from a wide variety of sectors, from technology companies, including semiconductor giant TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), Foxconn Technology Group, Acer, to transportation firms, including China Airline, Eva Air, Evergreen Marine, Yang Ming Marine Transport. According to Taiwan's Investment Commission of the Ministry of Economic Affair (MOEAIC), the total direct investment from California to Taiwan amounted to $1.66 billion USD by July 2012. Taiwanese companies have created thousands of jobs in California, and there is still significant potential for Taiwanese enterprises to boost investment and create more jobs in California.
  • Spotlight on Taiwanese Companies Investing in California

    • Silicon Motion Technology Corporation is a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets high performance, low-power semiconductor solutions for multimedia consumer electronics applications. Founded in 1995 in San Jose, California, Silicon Motion became the first Taiwanese IC design company on NASDAQ in 2005. Silicon Motion is headquartered in Taiwan, with design centers and sales offices across the Pacific rim, including in California. 

    • MediaTek USA, the North American research subsidiary of MediaTek, was established in 2003 in San Jose and does advanced analog and digital semiconductor development for consumer electronic devices. MediaTek is the largest IC design company in Taiwan.

    • China Airlines was founded in 1959 and is the largest and oldest airline company in Taiwan. The first Taiwan-United States flight took off in 1970 and flew between San Francisco and Taipei. Currently, China Airline has 16 branch offices in North America, including Anchorage, Guam, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco and Seattle.

    • Din Tai Fung, a renown Taiwanese restaurant that specializes in Xiaolongbao (small steamed buns) opened its first U.S. branch in Arcadia in 2000. A decade later, Din Tai Fung has branches in both California and Washington state, and has been highly rated on Zagat and made it on Southern California Restaurants Guides’ Top Lists.

    • Delta Group was established in 1971, and Delta Products (Americas)has its U.S. headquarters in Fremont, California, which also houses DEI/DET/DNI Logistics. Delta Group is the world’s largest provider of switching power supplies and brushless fans, as well as a major source for power management solutions, components, visual displays, industrial automation, networking products, and renewable energy solutions.

    • Chunghwa Telecom (CHT Global) is the North American subsidiary of Chunghwa Telecom, and has offices Santa Clara, San Jose, and Los Angeles. Since its establishment in 2002, CHT Global has achieved its vision by building bridges for U.S.-American corporations seeking to cross the transpacific divide.

    • Tea Station is one of the largest oversea franchise chains for Taiwanese tea group, Ten Ren Tea Company. In 1995, the first Tea Station was opened in San Gabriel, California. Today, more than a dozen stores located have opened up across California and Nevada.
  • Opening Up A Region of Opportunity

    Taiwan serves as an ideal partner for U.S. business in Asia. Taiwan has complete industrial supply chains, high concentration of industrial clusters, and a consolidated manufacturer base. The World Economic Forum ranked Taiwan's industrial cluster infrastructure first in the world in its "World Competitiveness Report 2014" for the ninth consecutive year. This is reflected in Taiwan's comprehensive protection of intellectual property rights, sound legal system, and modern infrastructure.

    Furthermore, the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) signed between Taiwan and Mainland China in 2010 has opened up opportunities in Mainland China. Businesses can now collaborate with innovative Taiwanese companies and leverage ECFA to utilize Taiwan as a gateway to Mainland China and other fast-growing Asian markets.

  • 2015 California Exports to Taiwan

    PRODUCT

    VALUE (Million USD)

    %

    Transportation equipment

      $2488.55

    31.8%

    Computer and Electronic Products

    $1331.12

    17.0%

    Machinery, except Electrical

    $1588.74

    20.3%

    Waste and scrap

    $ 525.38

    6.7%

    Others

    $1887.58

    24.1%


  • Forging a Stronger Partnership for Growth

    Vibrant California-Taiwan relations hold great promise for both our companies and workers. We look forward to working together with you to forge a mutual partnership in prosperity.

    California and Taiwan Trade Facts

    • 5th largest export market of California is Taiwan
    • $7.821 billion: California's exports to Taiwan in 2015
    • 4.7%: Growth in California exports to Taiwan from 2014 to 2015

    Trade and Investment Factsheet

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    Business Contacts

    Taipei Economic Cultural Office in LA, Commercial Division

    • 3660 Wilshire Blvd.
      Suite 918
      Los Angeles, CA 90010
    • Tel: (213) 380-3644

    Taiwan Trade Center

    Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco, Consular
    • 555 Montgomery Street
      Suite 200
      San Francisco, CA 94111
    • Tel: (415) 362-7680 ext 125

    Taipei Economic Cultural Office Science and Technology Division

    • 5201 Great American Pkwy.
      Suite 200
      Santa Clara, CA 95054
    • Tel: (408) 986-8686

    Taiwan External Trade Development Council

    U.S. Commercial Service