In response to the ongoing process of economic globalization, companies are actively seeking ways of maximizing profits and reducing costs. One of the methods being adopted is the outsourcing of elements of companies’ manufacturing activities. Within the business environment which has come into being with the emergence of the new economy, many structural transformations are taking place in the way that Taiwanese companies do business. This has created a situation wherein orders are received in Taiwan, but the goods are shipped from overseas production locations; this kind of offshore trading activity is growing rapidly.
Not only has this affected the structure of Taiwanese exports, but it also presents a challenge to Taiwan’s traditional economic development model, where, in the past, foreign trade provided the stimulus for growth in domestic production, employment and related service industries. In order to ensure that sufficient emphasis is placed upon the impact that the globalization of Taiwanese companies’ production and logistics is changing on Taiwan, this study includes not only an in-depth review of the literature on this subject area, but also the use of questionnaire surveys to analyze the current utilization of offshore trade by different Taiwanese industries.Keywords：outsourcing, offshore trade,
“export orders in Taiwan, but overseas shipments”