Fyi, I took my two taiwanese cats from taiwan to San Francisco on a non stop EVA airways flight. EVA air was very helpful in letting us know what paperwork and what needs to be done in order for this to happen. Everything went very smoothly.
We needed regulation sized cages for each cat (bought them at a pet store for bout 250nt each) and it needs to have a water bottle attached so the pet can have water (150nt each). We needed to see a vet (from a list provided of vets qualified for this purpose) and there were certain requirements about getting certain shots and a time frame where the cats could be exported no earlier then and no later then. These shots costs bout 2000nt per cat. Then a trip to Keelung Harbour , to a certain govt office of quarantine to let the Govt Vet inspect both animals. He looked at the document provided by the other vet regarding the shots given and when and stamped his approval after examining both cats. The repeated the time frame where the cats could leave. .... no sooner then...no later then.
I then booked a flight with EVA within the allotted time frame and they notified US Customs via telex of intention to transport 2 live animals.
On the day of the flight i brought both animals to the check in counter at EVA air. And they summoned a TAiwan customs official who looked carefully at all the documents and then when it was all in order, as expected to be, he took both cats from us. I didnt see them again until i was paged at SFO by US customs who went to the plane and retrieved both cats from the jet .
The cats were transported in a special section of the EVA 747 that is temperature controlled and pressurized. However there was no access possible during flight. So need to make sure your pets are secure in their cages and have water to drink for the ten hour flight (to SFO).
I was worried for my cats while on the plane but on arrival I was promptly paged and (because my persian cats were extra cute) there was a group of US customs officers around the cats when I got there at Immigration.
They even opened a separate gate for me to pass through so I wouldnt have to spend a long time in the long line for us !!
And it was straight home. The cats were relaxed and took to their new home immediately. NOt seeming to have been stressed by the flight.
Dont know if things have changed but that was how I did it in 99.
EVA charged 6000nt per cat for the transport. And the shots and cages , etc cost me another 3000nt so it was 9000nt per cat total expense. NOT BAD at all.
No quarantine required in the USA for Taiwan exported cats (or dogs).