Friday, 30 November 2012

Report on Duty! Commander R.I.G.

Royale Europe - Paris Office
Our office in Paris, France has turned into a Spaceship Command Room.  As one of the largest offices in Europe, we strive to provide a hip and futuristic experience to our staffs and visitors.

With our expertise working 24/7/365, we deliver with light speed.

“May the Force be with you!” ^  - Greetings from offices from around the world

^ Famous quote from the movie:  Star Wars

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Santa is Not the Only One Making Urgent Delivers on Christmas Eve


It is now just a few weeks before many people all over the world will be celebrating Christmas with families and friends gathering. However, for retailers, online stores and suppliers, this is often the busiest time of year in order to meet the holiday demands.

Royale InternationalAt the Royale International Group we are able to continue to provide our international logistics all year round, including around Christmas. With our 24/7 services available all year round we will keep on working when you do. There is no need to be concerned about lack deliveries or delays in your business with our couriers that are able to work around the clock to solve your problems with our reliable solutions.


We have offices in 22 countries, all of which will be operating throughout Christmas and the public holidays that follow. Contact us at inquiries@royaleinternational.com for details on our available courier services.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Top 10 Checklist for Logistics Managers

Logistic managers have to consider many different elements before signing off on a shipment. Mistakes can be costly so getting it right is essential. Creating a check list to work through can help to avoid mistakes, such as hiring the wrong courier, and get the shipment to arrive at its destination in time and on budget. 

Use our ten points below to create your checklist: 
  1. Pickups – Find out the performance percentage of your chosen international courier, late pickups will cost you money so use a courier with a great record of being on time.
  2.  On time delivery reports need to be evaluated too. Do you really want to use a courier that consistently misses the delivery deadline? 
  3. Does your international courier have a website that will allow you to get help when you need it? Can you track your shipment, contact customer service and check your inventory all online? 
  4. You want your shipment in the best hands possible, check to see that your carrier trains all of their employees. 
  5. If there is a problem you need to make sure the courier you use follows up on each one to discover what went wrong. That way you can get the answers you need and the couriers can work to ensure the mistake isn’t repeated. 
  6. Around the clock support will ensure any problems or questions you have can be solved and answered quickly. If your courier doesn’t have this type of customer service, they should.
  7. Communication with customers helps to increase customer satisfaction, consider if you have been given the opportunity to be involved in the decision making. 
  8.  International couriers need to become your partners; you have the same goal – to get your shipments to their destination on time and in one piece. 
  9. What are the payment terms & conditions?
  10. Accuracy of the invoice will prevent problems with delays and overpayments. Use a courier that uses an imaging system to ensure accuracy. 
Royale International - 24/7 International Courier Solutions Contact: inquiries@royaleinternational.com

Monday, 26 November 2012

How International Logistics Help: Part Four – Electronics

electronic international logisticsGadgetry and technology are both massive business these days. Businesses and individuals now rely on their high-tech gadgets and this puts massive demands on the manufacturers and retailers of electronics. Valuable products need to be delivered quick enough to cope with demand, and parts must be sent to their destination in order for the products to come off the line in time for the gadgets to be manufactured.

Logistics plays a huge role in the entire supply chain. Without the delivery methods delays would seriously affect overall performance in this highly competitive industry. At the Royale International Group we understand that it is critical to find the most time efficient and cost effective solutions that guarantee short lead times to keep the electronics and technology industries moving.

Whether you have to arrange inbound materials for the manufacturing process, or deliver your finish products directly into the hands of your customers within 24 hours we are able to make it possible. With our extensive global reach the whole world is your oyster, and our wide range of cost effective solutions ensure you are able to maintain a sufficient supply chain for all areas of your business. 

Friday, 23 November 2012

How International Logistics Help: Part Three – Automobile

auto
The automobile industries have a tough time when it comes to keeping up with the competition. With cost and efficiency being of paramount importance this industry is one that is always trying to stay ahead of the game. To do so practical solutions are required that will keep the costs down but allow automobile businesses to provide excellent services, acquire products and parts and stay on top of their complex supply chains.

At the Royale International Group, you will find multiple solutions all designed to be reliable, efficient and affordable. The automobile industries we serve benefit from our logistics services that enable them to keep moving through all parts of the inbound to manufacturing process. From there we compliment the services provided to all customers by ensuring services and spare parts are delivered quickly and accurately, benefiting customer services. Our reverse logistics enables stock management, customer satisfaction and inventory management that reduces loss of profit and helps to maintain accurate stock levels.

Any industry that has to keep up with fast changing market conditions must use logistics that can be relied upon 24/7. Drop us an email to inquries@royaleinternational.com for more information. 

Come back on Monday for the final instalment in How International Logistics Help. 

Thursday, 22 November 2012

How International Logistics Helps: Part Two – Healthcare

healthcare logistics
When lives depend on certain products international logistics takes on a whole new persona. Rather than delivery goods the couriers are responsible for getting much needed supplies to those who need it most. Be it vaccines, devices, equipment or day to day medicines all of them have to be transported using reliable methods that won’t cause life threatening delays or distress.

International logistics helps to keep the pharmaceutical industry in motion. When time is of the essence and transportation has to be speedy and competent. With our years of service expertise we have been able to beat the logistical challenges that can cause problems for individuals and the industry as a whole.

Air freight, next flight out and time critical services are all capable of delivering products in the shortest time frame possible. We are able to transport pharmaceutical goods from the manufacturers and wholesalers to where they need to be such as:
  • Health authorities
  • Hospitals
  • Medical manufacturers
  • Store groups
  • Health care providers
  • Health centres
  • Supply companies
All of our logistic services provide top quality standards that keep the supply chain moving.
Royale International - 24/7 International Courier Solutions – Contact: inquires@royaleinternational.com

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

How International Logistics Helps: Part One – The Fashion Industry

Fashion IndustryFashion is constantly moving, it’s a fast paced industry that relies on speed. There are usually short lead times to work around and with such complex supply chains it can be difficult to maintain reliability, accuracy and availability. The problems are only enhanced when the manufacturing takes place in less established countries with growing infrastructures.


Royale International and the Fashion Industry Since the 1980’s

At the Royale International Group our services provide affordable solutions that will keep up with demand. Every step is covered with the help of our pre-retail service and in-store logistics to our complete reverse logistics services.

Our offices are located all over the world; we have an extensive network that spreads far and wide. With our international logistics each part of the supply chain is covered and kept moving at a rate that will ensure manufacturing and production, stock, distribution, demand and customer service are all targeted at once.

Love Fashion? Love Logistics

If fashion is your passion, let us help you to stay on track with the latest trends that are in demand the world over. Find out how by contacting us: inquries@royaleinternational.com.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

How Royale International Helps Different Industries – Specialised Services

Logistics plays an important role in keeping the wheels turning at the right pace in such a demanding world. Over the next four days, Royale International would like to share with you how our international logistics services help industries such as Automotive, Fashion & Retail, ICT & Electronics, Healthcare and many more.

Without well managed supply chains, multiple industries often experience problems from all levels of their logistic chain such as:
  • Delays in inbound manufacturing materials
  • Distributors would not be able to satisfy demand
  • Customers wouldn’t have the goods or products they need
With the help our international logistic services these industries are able to satisfy the needs of everyone. We are able to transport products and parts to any location whether they are required for manufacturing purposes or being sold directly to the public. Some of our most popular services that are used for demanding markets are:
  • Next flight out
  • Time critical service
  • Air freight
  • Special timed deliveries
To find out how we can compliment your business speak to our sales team by sending an email to inquries@royaleinternational.com

Monday, 19 November 2012

Movember News: Moustaches Take over Royale International

If you happen to see some of the men from the Royale International Group you might notice one thing, a lot of them are displaying facial hair! This is because many of them are taking part in Movember this year. Movember is a month long event that takes place in November of each year when men stop shaving off their morning stubble and allow it to grow into wonderful moustaches. They are sponsored in return for their efforts and all the money goes towards raising awareness and funds for men’s health, with an emphasis on prostate and testicular cancer.

We are proud of all the gentlemen below that are taking part:
  • Andrew Archer
  • Oscar Remington
  • Michael Charlwood
  • Mark Anderson
  • Salvador Marin
  • Nathan Slaymaker
  • Wayne Griffiths

There have already been some fantastic donations rolling in, with $800 HKD coming from just the ladies from our Human Resources Department.

If you would like to view the progress of the ‘Royale Movers’ or send in a donation you can do so by visiting: http://hk.movember.com/team/706661.

Team Stories: Mabel Lee

Name: Mabel Lee
Job Title: Head of Marketing & Digital Media (Global Markets)
Department: Global Marketing

Describe a time or situation in which you have provided value-added service to our customers, colleagues, department, etc.
A lot has been achieved during these past few years. We have established a fully functional Marketing Department to better service our global customers and colleagues. We have improved and unified our marketing collaterals for customer to view both online and offline. We have established better internal communications and transparency among the regions by launching our new corporate intranet and corporate website.  We are also hoping to close the gap with our customer and promote our branding with our current digital media development plans.

What are your favourite things or what do you like to do outside of work?
Movies, animations & graphic designs. Cooking, travelling, reading, arts and related stuff, etc.

What are your pet peeves or what annoys you outside work?
People shoving their way to get on the public transportation without waiting for people to get off first.

People ignoring elderly, handicapped or pregnant women for priority seats on the MTR.

What is your favourite expression or quote/proverb?
“Common sense is not common”.
“Life is what YOU make it”.

What do you like about your job at Royale?
There is never a dull moment… 
Whether we are implementing our global marketing initiatives, managing events, branding our corporate image & marketing communications, creating advertising & banners ad or maintaining our digital & social media platform, there is always something going on in both the local and global markets that needs our marketing support and expertise.

Contact details:
E-mail: mabel.lee@royaleinternational.com


Friday, 16 November 2012

Challenges of the Logistics Industries

The world has become a smaller place thanks to the Internet. It is now possible to run your own business from home and serve customers anywhere in the world. Often times International logistics industries work behind the scenes with businesses to ensure that they meet their targets, obtain and maintain supplies and deliver shipments to customers on time.

SME’s and Large corporations have to face challenges of their own such as costs, the movement of goods, storage, quality customer service and international and cultural differences as well as shipping guarantees. By overcoming the problems of innovation, the efficiency of the supply chain and financing logistics industries are able to provide affordable, reliable and modern services to combat all of the problems experienced by sellers the world over.

Using 3PL’s it is possible to overcome the challenges that businesses of all sizes and in all sectors face on a daily basis. It is down to logistic suppliers such as us to provide you with ways of addressing all of your issues and to make the process as simple as possible so you are able to concentrate on other areas of the business. With the rise in globalisation, we have come up with solutions that can deliver all items from point A to point B in the most suitable fashion to meet your demands and available budget.

With multiple fast paced logistics services, warehouse solutions and innovative uses of technology our logistics services meet the challenges we all face in this ever-shrinking world.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Special Logistic Company Offering Special Services

International Logistics companies often have special departments or services that compliment the logistics services that are available. The Royale International Group our Time Critical Department offer a unique hand carry services to our customers.

Through our global network of on board couriers we are able to ensure the safe and timely delivery of your order. Each of our on board couriers have been fully trained and have extensive experience that’s required for this special hand carry service. Our couriers take your package and ‘hand carry” it on the next scheduled flight out to its final destination.

Through our Time Critical Department we frequently deliver the following items:
  • Automotive parts
  • Semiconductors
  • Retail samples
  • Machine parts
  • Printed circuit boards
  • Telecommunications devices
This is just a small sample of the types of items and orders that we deliver directly using our Time Critical service. We understand that time is of the essence and therefore you can expect to receive a quotation and a flight route within just half an hour of making your initial request.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Packing Materials for Your Shipments

shipping materialPacking materials help to protect and contain the goods that you are distributing. As a seller it’s important to provide excellent and sufficient packaging materials in order to ensure the goods are delivered in one piece. When moving your belongings packing materials help to protect your worldly possessions and when sending gifts they ensure no one is left disappointed on their special day.

There are different types of materials available. Shipping boxes come in all shapes and sizes and need to be sturdy enough to contain the items that are being delivered. Pouches and documentation envelopes are generally for smaller and less fragile goods along with anti-static bags for electronics. It’s important not to forget packing material that will further protect your goods inside their outer package such as bubble wrap and packing peanuts. 

Finally, you will also require packing tape and possibly stretch wrap to secure several items together for bulk shipments since they are useful for protecting items from getting wet or dusty in transit.

Retailers of packing materials commonly charge extortionate amounts, earning huge profits in the process. When buying from stationers or other retailers you can reduce the costs by buying in bulk. However, it is possible to obtain these necessary items from your international couriers for free. It’s just one of the ways that you can reduce your expenses when it comes to managing the logistics of your business. 

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

How the Logistics Teams Can Benefit from Warehouse Solutions

warehouse and distributon logistics
Logistics teams are provided with huge amounts of performance data from multiple sources that can be applied to improving systems and customer service. It is easy to lose track of the vital information and difficult to apply it to the daily operations. Rather than letting this valuable data slip by, the logistics teams should focus on the vital metrics in order to create useful reports to apply to their management processes.

When working out new management systems, it’s important to have the customer satisfaction and service at the forefront of your mind. You need to achieve the perfect order to reduce the likelihood of problems arising from the inventory cycle and ordering process. The last thing you want is for an order to come in when a product is not only out of stock but will not be available for several weeks.

Logistics teams need to evaluate the following accuracy rates to determine how successful the ordering process is:
  • Pick accuracy 
  • On time deliveries 
  • Invoice accuracy rates 
  • Order entry accuracy
With the warehouse solution provided by Royale International we are able to supply you with the information and the management systems required to ensure you are able to increase and maintain the perfect order for all of your customers.

With our Warehouse, Logistic and Distribution solutions it is possible for us to carefully monitor and track the entire inventory life cycle. This information can be used to determine what products are successful, which ones need promoting or re-branding and help to establish stock reports to be used elsewhere within the organisation such as merchandising and buying. This data is all collected for you and is available online 24/7. 

Monday, 12 November 2012

What Every Courier Needs in their Working Day

Royale International Couriers work hard to make sure that everyone is satisfied at the end of the day. In order to do this, there are some items that no courier should be without. To give you an insight into the working day of your courier here are some of the must have items all couriers need to have at all times.
  1. Hydration is vital, especially in the warmer months so a water bottle is essential due to the manual lifting, heavy workload and exercise that your courier experiences while at work.
  2. Comfort and stability is a priority. Good shoes help to protect the health and safety of the courier from all the walking they do so excellent shoes are necessary.
  3. Courier may need to manoeuvre large packages so specialist equipment such as a delivery cart and luggage weight machine can protect them from dirt, harm and physical injuries.
  4. Waist bags allow freedom of movement and hold vital documents, stationary as well as personal items so waist bags are wonderful for keeping the courier’s pockets free from clutter.
  5. Cutters allow the courier to separate bulky parcels and parcels that are packed in close groups during transportation.
  6. Digital scanners enable the tracking of parcels. This information is readily available to customers eager to learn the position of their order.
  7. Tape and staplers are essential for attaching delivery notes to parcels and for making speedy repairs to poorly packaged or damaged parcels.
  8. Self-confidence and common sense is the final must have – all couriers need to know when to ask for help in order to overcome challenges that are faced during the delivery of items.
Couriers have an energetic role within international logistics. It’s vital that all delivery men and women are provided with the right tools to keep them in good health, on time and safe during all shipments.

Team Stories: Donna Hon

Name: Donna Hon
Job Title: Internet Marketing Specialist
Department: Marketing

Describe a time or situation in which you have provided value-added service to our customers, colleagues, department, etc.
I provide support to all our online marketing, so my contributions impact everything a customer or colleague sees on their laptops and mobiles to do with Royale International. 

The positive impressions and feedback we get are the best return on the work we do!

What are your favourite things or what do you like to do outside of work?
Hanging out with friends; enjoy nice foods, movies and shopping - It's great when we find huge discounts and get bargains in a sale.

What are your pet peeves or what annoys you outside work?
It annoys me when friends and relatives can’t make up their minds on what to eat and where to go on weekends. I usually end up arranging everything and it's impossible to please everyone.

What is your favourite expression or quote/proverb?
"Things change and tomorrow will always be better!"

What do you like about your job at Royale?
Great office location, nice colleagues and very international. We have staff from every continent on earth! The exposure and chances here are greater than you can image.

Contact details:
E-mail: donna.hon@royaleinternational.com
Tel: (852) 2218 5847

Friday, 9 November 2012

6 Types of International Courier Services - Which One Should You Choose?

There are six main different types of international courier delivery services available to customers all over the world. Each one has its pros and cons depending on the lead-time, size and bulk of the parcels, budget and type of goods that you are having delivered.

Please refer to our simple table below to help you find the best courier service for your requirements:

Description*TransportationSpeedCostPickup time*
Airfreight Goods delivered by air, perfect for urgent or perishable deliveries, e.g. foods, magazines, etc Air Fast Cost - effective depending on weight ratio Same Day - Available 24/7, 365 days a year
Special Deliveries A service for timed specific deliveries, e.g. legal contracts, periodical, event supplies Mixed Very Fast Medium -depending on the time specified Within Hours - Available 24/7, 365 days a year
Hand Carry On-board couriers treat delivery as luggage, with a specialized personal taking care of the goods with high security and speed. Service suitable for semi-conductors, retails samples, telecommunications devices. Deliveries are real-timed from picked-up till destination Mixed Very Fast High - Value for money for urgent and important goods and documents Within 30 mins - Available 24/7, 365 days a year
Next Flight Out (NFO) Goods will be sent on the next flight out, usually need on urgent goods that needs to be delivered immediately, e.g. fashion/electronic samples Mixed Very Fast High - Value for money when shipping urgent goods. Within Hours - Available 24/7, 365 days a year
Road freight Usually used as a transit transportation means from port-to door Railway or Road Fast Low to High - Depending on goods, time and volume Same Day - Available 24/7, 365 days a year
Sea/Ship freight Normally used to deliver bulky and non-perishable goods, such as, textiles, cars, furniture. Goods are transported on cargo ships for port-to port delivery Sea Slow Low to High - Depending on goods, time and volume Same Day - Available 24/7, 365 days a year (depends on the nature of goods, volume and weather conditions, e.g. frozen ports etc)


*Description and pick-up time are only applicable to Royale International Service.

When speed is an issue, the best services to use are airfreight, next flight out and hand carry. These services are able to ensure your delivery arrives as quickly as possible, ranging from a few hours to 24/48 hours depending on the destination.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

What Does a Merchandiser Do?

international couriers and merchandiserA merchandiser is typically the person in charge of sourcing merchandise to sell to their customers. Larger companies will have more than one merchandiser who will be responsible for certain lines. The responsibilities of merchandisers can be broken down into these areas:
  • Merchandisers usually provide sales forecasts base on consumer demands and the retail environment to create the budgets for the buyer.
  • Merchandiser may need to give occasional guidance and training to Buyers and help move slow moving products through price reduction, inter-branch transfer, promotion or clear outs.
  • Merchandiser need to supervise Buyers and buying efforts to ensure better inventory allocation, control and movements.
  • The merchandiser monitors and maintains the overall performance of both the merchandise and Buyer and manages onsite merchandise through store visits.
  • Merchandiser work closely with the Visual Displays Team
Key components of a merchandiser is visiting suppliers and manufacturers, supplier’s cost & contract negotiations, merchandise delivery dates and paperwork. Working with international couriers is also an important part of the merchandiser’s role. With excellent communication and services, it is possible to secure the best deals along with suitable shipment time to ensure that demand is met and the highest possible performance is achieved.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Methods of Transportation - Parcel Deliveries By Road/Rail

rail and road
Moving goods over long or short distances requires excellent logistics to be successful. In the final installment of our methods of transportation posts we are looking at road/rail.

Road and rail are popular methods of transport used by suppliers for multiple purposes. Rail is excellent for goods including steel, coal and mail whereas road is more suited to parcels containing goods heading out to consumers, or smaller shipments.

Advantages of Using Rail
  • Fast delivery times
  • A large holding capacity for bulky goods
  • Cost effective
  • Reliable and safe
Disadvantages of Using Rail
  • Could be delays caused by unforeseen events
  • You are restricted to the rail operator’s timetable
  • Delivery costs to and from the depot can add on additional and costly expenses
Advantages of Using Road
  • Fast delivery times over short distances or mainland areas 
  • Cost effective 
  • An excellent option for perishable goods 
  • Real time tracking is available
Disadvantages of Using Road
  • Traffic delays can slow down the delivery process
  • Fragile goods could be damaged by reckless driving
  • Breakdowns can cause delays
Road and rail can provide the ideal method of parcel deliveries and benefit businesses aiming to satisfy their customers. If you would like to discuss any of the international logistics services we provide please send us an email to inquries@royaleinternational.com.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Methods of Transportation - Parcel Deliveries By Air

air transportation
Choosing the correct method of transportation can save you time and money. Today we are looking at the advantages and disadvantages of using air for your shipments.

Moving parcels by air is the method of choice by many businesses that are selling or receiving stocks from other parts of the world. Airfreight is an excellent option due to the faster speeds compared with shipments by sea. Airfreight works well with products that have short lead times, non-bulky and fragile goods. Customer demands often lead to businesses choosing airfreight in order to keep their supplies topped up.

Advantages of Air Deliveries
  • Fast delivery times – it is possible to transport goods over long distances within 24 to 48 hours
  • Customers receive their goods quickly
  • Provides a method to improve service levels
  • Reduces supplier lead times
Disadvantages of Air Deliveries
  • Bad weather, delays or flight cancellations can be disruptive
  • There are Customs and Excise restrictions to consider
  • The cost of airfreight may not provide value when considering the bulk/value ratio
Airfreight is the perfect solution for goods that need to be delivered in the shortest time-frames. If you would like to increase your customer service and the speed of your shipments airfreight can help you to achieve this.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Methods of Transportation - Parcel Deliveries By Sea

sea transportation
There are various methods of transportation used within the international logistics industries – sea, air and road/rail. Over the next few days, we will be looking at each one in turn and discussing the pros and cons in order to help you decide which one is the best option for you and your needs. Today we are focusing on deliveries by sea.

Transportation by Sea
Sea transportation is an option to consider when shipping bulky goods over long distances. Goods and commodities can be placed into groups in order to fill a container, or if the shipment is large enough they will have their own container. Cargo ships and tankers are used to transport the containers to their destination.

The Advantages of Using Sea Deliveries

  • Sea shipments are ideal for large and heavy goods
  • This option is suitable for all products that have long lead times

The Disadvantages of Using Sea Deliveries

  • Sea transportation is slower than other options
  • Bad weather and sea conditions can cause unforeseen delays
  • Accurate tracking is difficult
  • There are customs and excise restrictions to consider
  • The costs can add up 
There are times when deliveries by sea are the perfect solution, but it is not for all businesses. If you would like to speed up your delivery times email our team at inquiries@royaleinternational.com for assistance.

Team Stories: Suki Ng

Name: Suki Ng
Job Title: AST Manager
Department: Sales

Describe a time or situation in which you have provided value-added service to our customers, colleagues, department, etc.
I always prepare the Profit and Loss table for management to review our activities performance and this year I am training new sales employees. Through the training, I'm getting used to different kinds of trainees and am learning to provide different style of teaching. It is very challenging for me.

Also I am currently preparing a sales manual for my department. The coverage of content is wide so I need to explain everything as simply as possible to make sure everyone understands all of our processes.

What are your favourite things or what do you like to do outside of work?
During my time off, I like to watch movies or TV with my family.

What are your pet peeves or what annoys you outside work?
I hate it when people smoke in bus stations - If I am waiting in a queue for a bus I have to stay there and put up with their second-hand smoke. I think this is very selfish of them.

What is your favourite expression or quote/proverb?
"The wealth of the mind is the only true wealth."

What do you like about your job at Royale?
My job is to monitor the service level of our Special Deliveries and Inbound Shipments regularly and help them to sort any problems with the simplest solution so I find my role is to be very helpful to my colleagues.

Contact details:
E-mail: suki.ng@royaleinternational.com 

Tel: (852) 2318 0370

Friday, 2 November 2012

Key Facts You Need to Know about Moving to Taiwan


T
Taiwan is the final destination in our series offering tips for expats moving to new countries all over the world. Taiwan is a beautiful country that has a rich culture, a strong, technologically developed economy with a population of approximately 22 million people. Taiwan is also known as “The Asian Tiger”, “The Kingdom of the Corals” and “Illha Farmosa” (beautiful island) in Portuguese, a name given by the Portuguese sailors in the sixteenth century.
key facts

Cost of Living
Taiwan has one of the highest standards of living in the whole of Asia. There is a strong economy with low unemployment and a rich culture. You will find food and utilities to be reasonably cheap although this won’t mean you are buying items or goods of lesser quality than what you’re used to. Housing and entertainment are also generally cheaper than other countries.

Language
The official language in Mandarin Chinese whereas Taiwanese Hoikkien is spoken by 70% of the population. Hakka language is still used by member of the Hakka community and Formosan languages are preserved by the aboriginal tribes in Taiwan. Japanese is also spoken to a lesser degree by the elderly since it was studied in school during the time of the Japanese occupation in Taiwan. In most parts, especially Taipei, English is the most common foreign language widely understood since it is compulsory to learn in school.

Climate
Taiwan is humid thanks to the tropical and subtropical climates. The temperature generally stays around 22 degrees all year round. There is a typhoon season between July and September and rain often falls in the northern part of the western plain and the mountain areas.

Currency
The New Taiwan Dollar

Key Facts
  • Expats who wants to live in Taiwain requires a resident visa or a working permit to work there.
  • If you are going to stay longer than 6 months, you will need to apply for an Alien Resident Certificate (APRC) which will also qualify you for the National Health Insurance.
  • Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism play a very important role in Taiwan.
  • Pets must be quarantined for 21 days upon arrival.
We hope you have enjoyed our series of tips and advice for expats over the past two weeks. If you require any assistance with the international logistics of your move please contact us for a no-obligation quote by sending an email to: inquries@royaleinternational.com

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Key Facts You Need to Know about Moving to New Zealand

Living in New Zealand offers a lot of excitement and opportunity to anyone that enjoys outdoor activities. There are diverse landscapes with many beaches, country parks and nature reserves. As part of the UK Commonwealth, the country remains closely linked with the UK although in recent years more emphasis has been placed upon their own Maori traditions and heritage.

Cost of Living

The cost of living does vary depending on where you are, with the cities being more expensive than the more rural areas. In the Mercer Survey of 2012 Auckland is ranked at 56 and Wellington at 74. Demand for properties is high and so are the costs with the prices increasing in both buying and renting properties. Earnings are frequently lower compared with other countries so you may not experience much change in your day to day expenses overall.

Language

There are two official languages, English and Maori, however Maori is rarely spoken.

Climate

The general climate is quite mild with snow found in the mountainous regions of the North and lower South Islands, and rain is common.

Currency

The New Zealand Dollar

Key Facts

  • You will need to prove that you and your family are in good health as part of the resident’s visa application process. Depending on where you plan on living you may need to use a pre-selected doctor to carry out your examination, or it might be possible to use your own.
  • Periodic tenancy agreements are the most common type of agreement in New Zealand. They have no time scales and the agreement is terminated by providing your landlord with a written notice three weeks before you wish to leave. The landlord must provide you with six weeks’ notice when they wish to terminate the agreement.
  • There is free or low cost healthcare in New Zealand and visitors and migrants are also provided free health care if they come from countries that have a reciprocal agreement with the authorities in New Zealand.
  • In order to be given residency in New Zealand you must have a high level or written and spoken English.