By: Elaine Hou and Joseph Yeh
Taipei, Dec. 8 (CNA) The Taiwan government will officially apply soon to join the United Statesborder preclearance system, in a bid to expedite entry by its citizens into the U.S., Transportation Minister Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said Sunday.
In a keynote speech at a Taipei seminar on U.S.-Taiwan relations, Lin said the two countries have already exchanged letters of intent on a One-Stop Security arrangement, which allows recognition of security screening at Taoyuan International Airport so that checked luggage originating there can be transferred to connecting flights in the U.S. without having to be screened again.
Taiwan is hoping to expand the One-Stop Security arrangement to hand luggage before 2022 and is preparing to apply soon for inclusion in the preclearance program, Lin said.
"In principle," the U.S. has given approval for Taiwan to join the preclearance system, and as soon as it provides the details of how to proceed, the Taiwan government will officially make the application, Lin said. [FULL STORY]