Thailand

THAILAND – CUSTOMS INFORMATION

Imports
General Import Guidelines
Import Duties and Fees
Duties Exemption
Imports Required Documents
General Imports
Re-Export
Temporary Import – Exhibition / Repair and Return
Exports
Transiting Goods
Prohibited / Restricted Goods
References

Imports

General Import Guidelines
The importer must have a valid importer code from Customs Authorities
Imported goods must conform to licensed activities of the importer
Imported goods must be accompanied with an International Waybill, an Original Commercial Invoice, a Certificate of Origin, and a Packing List
HS Codes must be stated clearly on the Commercial Invoice. Where the HS Codes are not stated, Customs Authorities shall determine the proper HS Codes based on the goods and the stated description

Import Duties and Fees
The customs valuation is based on CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) which means that the amount used to assess customs duty is the sum of cost of goods, insurance and shipping cost to Thailand
Customs tariff applicable on imported goods depend on HS Codes
The standard rate of VAT imposed on imported goods into Thailand is 7%
International express or courier imports with declared value below THB 1,000 are duty free
Goods with declared value of more than a THB 1,000 will be treated as normal cargo goods, and will require a formal customs clearance

The following is a trade agreement with Thailand that can benefit from customs reduction rate. To benefit from customs reduction, Certificate of Origin accompanied with Commercial Invoice are required
World Trade Organization (WTO)

Duties Exemption

A number of goods are exempted from customs duties and VAT. Below are some of the applied exemptions:
Goods addressed to government or semi-government agencies
Diplomatic goods
Imports for non-dutiable authorities and organizations

Imports Required Documents

General Imports

Import Declaration is processed in the event of goods being imported into Thailand from other countries. The below documents are needed:
Original Waybill
Original Commercial Invoice
Packing List (detailed)

Re-Export

Import Declaration is processed in the event of importing goods into Thailand for purpose of re-exporting. The below documents are needed:
Original Waybill
Original Commercial Invoice
Packing List (detailed)

Temporary Import – Exhibition / Repair and Return

Upon entry of goods into Thailand on temporary basis for the purpose of taking part in an exhibition or repairs / maintenance, a deposit amount equivalent to customs duties and VAT has to be made for the benefit of Thailand Customs Authorities. The deposit is refunded upon exporting the goods. If the goods are not being exported the deposit is forfeited. The below documents are needed:
Original Waybill
Original Commercial Invoice
Packing List (detailed)

When completing your Commercial Invoice, we recommend that you abide by Aramex guidelines to ensure timely and efficient clearance Read More

Exports

When exporting goods from Thailand some documents and regulations will be applied before the exit of goods to the destination. Failure to submit required documents may delay goods when exporting

Exporters need to include the following documents with their goods:

Original Commercial Invoice
Customs Declaration if goods’ value is above THB 513,315 (equivalent to USD 16,000) or located in industrial zone or export processing zone or customs duty refund is requested. Fee: THB 1,283 to THB 2,245 (equivalent to USD 40 to USD 70 depending on the location) per shipment presented to customs authorities
For certain goods, a strategic export license / permits are required. Example where these licenses are needed include: military, dual-use, chemicals, and certain cultural goods. For more information click here to check if your goods require an export license. To apply for a strategic export license
Other documents that could be required would depend on the specific requirements of the destinations. Aramex maintain a list of needed documents and customs information per country (please select country name on this )

Important Notes
All exported goods might be inspected by Customs Authorities
Aramex will not transport goods that are prohibited by the laws or regulations of Thailand. For more information
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For more information on exporting from the Thailand click here

Transiting Goods

To process Transiting Goods, the below documents are needed:
Original Waybill
Original Commercial Invoice
Packing List (detailed)

Prohibited / Restricted Goods

Aramex will not transport goods that are prohibited by the laws or regulations of Thailand

In accordance to Aramex Shipping Policy, the following items are not acceptable for transport by Aramex:

Monetary items including currency, fake money, and coins
Publications that are offensive to religions, morals, human rights or aims to cause corruption and disorder
Narcotics and drugs including heroin, opium, drugs raw material (powder, liquid), cannabis leaves, etc.
Counterfeit goods covering all brands of clothes, machinery, shoes, electronics, watches etc.
Fireworks*
Ivory and ivory products*
Furs*
Jewelry, precious metals , stones, articles or antiques of exceptional high value*
Bullion*
Chemical waste and nuclear waste
Hazardous as defined in IATA Regulations*
Ammunitions*
Human remains, including ashes*
Animals, plants, food items and perishable*

* Certain goods which are listed above as prohibited may be accepted by Aramex on a contractual basis, if exporters / importers are able to comply with all applicable regulations

Some goods require approval from the designated authority prior to importing into Thailand. Some examples are shown below:

Pharmaceutical, food ,and cosmetics products require approval from Ministry of Public Health
Live animals ,and plants products require approval from Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
Electronics and technology products require approval from National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission

References
Thailand Customs
Customs Terminologies

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