The Taiwanese Board of Foreign Trade is expected to lift the import ban on spirits from mainland China. Local agents in Taiwan are reported to be stepping up their promotional campaigns in anticipation of the change.

Spirits from the mainland are expected to pose stiff competition for local liquor, Kaoliang (sorghum), produced by distilleries in Kinmen and Matsu. The Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corp. (TTL), formerly the Taiwan Tobacco & Wine Monopoly Bureau, is also likely to feel the pressure of increased competion.

As it stands, the country's Council of Agriculture is the only government agency still opposed to lifting the ban but the council is thought to be on the verge of dropping its opposition. So far only beer from the Chinese mainland has been allowed into Taiwan but Chinese beer brands have enjoyed strong growth since being granted access to the market earlier this year.