Thailand Country Snapshot

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Country Information

Capital: Bangkok
Population: 65,493,298 est.
Language: Thai (Siamese), Chinese, English
Weights and Measures: Metric
Currency: Baht
Time Zone Operates on Coordinated Universal Time / Greenwich Mean Time (UTC/GMT)
Daylight Savings Time is not observed.
Thailand GMT+7

 

 

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Trade Group Member

Thailand is a founding member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and of the Association of Asian Nations (ASEAN). ASEAN members have agreed to establish an ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) by 2003. Since January 1993, the Common Effective Preferential Tariff provides for preferential tariffs and the progressive elimination of non-tariff barriers among members. Thailand also participates in the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC)forum.

Thailand is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the Montreal Protocal and the Kyoto agreement.

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General Import Clearance Information

Clearance Process

Presently, formal customs clearance (using Form Gor Sor Gor 99) can be done either through a "Manual scheme" or "EDI (Electronic Data Interchange). For EDI clearance system, there are 2 types:

  1. Red line: This entry needs customs to assess duty before making payment.
  2. Green line: This entry can go ahead with paying duty without assessment from customs officials. 

Informal customs clearance (using Form Gor Sor Gor 102) is for goods of the following nature:

  1. Newspaper, magazines, periodicals and news photographs
  2. Aircraft spare parts replacing the old spare parts or for joint use
  3. Unaccompanied baggage of no commercial nature of a passenger
  4. Personal effects or accompanied baggage of no commercial nature of a passenger sent by airfreight
  5. Gifts or samples of no commercial nature, the assessed value does not exceed 20,000 Baht regardless of the amount of duty payable and must not be the goods of the following nature:
    • Such goods are not entitled to duty reduction or duty-exemption of BOI law or other laws relating to tariff, except duty reduction generally granted to goods in accordance with the Notifications of the Ministry of Finance.
    • Such goods are not prohibited goods or restricted goods requiring permits of licenses for verification, except goods are relaxed from such permits of licenses. 

In case the importer has the urgent need to clear the goods on weekends or outside official hours, the importer is required to lodge an application form (Form Gor Sor Gor 103) seeking a relaxation to receive the goods by placing a guarantee or a security covering the amounts of duties and taxes and accomplish the complete formalities after the release of goods for the goods mentioned as follows:

  1. Live animals
  2. Perishable goods (Vegetables and fruits)
  3. Shipping documents
  4. Urgent goods imported by government organizations or state enterprises
  5. Components and spare parts of aircraft imported for replacement of the old parts or for repair

There are 4 categories for customs clearance:

Category 1: Document - not subject to duty/taxes, subject to 100% x-ray

Category 2: Non-Document, Non-Restricted commodity shipment value up to 1500 THB CIF (diminimus) and/or of sample commodity, properly marked or mutilated - not subject to duty/taxes, subject to 100% x-ray

Category 3: Non-Document and Non-Restricted commodity shipment valued 1501 to 40,000 THB (Low Value) subject to duty/taxes and customs inspection

Category 4: Non-Document shipment valued greater than 40,000 THB, or any shipment with restricted commodity, any shipment requiring privilege clearance - subject to duty/taxes, formal customs entry, terminal and storage charge - No commercial value or understated value is not acceptable. Value must be shown on the Air Waybill and Commercial Invoice. Proof of payment is required if Customs requests it. Royal Thai Customs requires all importers (company or person) of  "Category 4" shipment be registered with Customs, witih FedEx as their clearance broker.

Consignee can authorize their own broker for clearance. A surcharge and VAT will be applied for transferring paperwork to the broker. Personal shipment with restricted commodity (e.g. FDA requires license). License exemption is subject to customs/government officer assessment on case by case basis. Shipment without license if required will be destroyed. 

Personal shipment is also subject to duties/taxes, customs fee, service fee, and other charges that may apply.

Effective March 5, 2015, customers with inbound express shipments, with a declared value under 1500 THB will enjoy the benefit of free tax and duty.

Document Requirements

The following documents should be provided when shipping to Thailand:

  1. Air Waybill
  2. Commercial Invoice on all non-docs shipments regardless of value. Electronic Commercial Invoice (ECI) is not accepted. Full Commercial Invoice with business letterhead is required.
  3. Packing List (if any)
  4. Insurance Premium Invoice
  5. Import License (if required)
  6. Certificate of Origin (if want to claim for lower duty rate according to WTO, NAFTA, etc.)
  7. Other relevant documents such as catalog, brochure, specification labeling, especially for food products, should be in Thai. 
  • Returning shipment to be processed with duty/tax exemption requires Export Customs Entry for Return; for example - for return after repair or exhibition.  Air Waybill and Commercial Invoice must also state "Repair/Return" with full commodity description.
  • Personal shipment requires signed copy of consignee's passport (customs may also request for an original passport)

Import licenses are issued by the Thai Department of Commerce and are valid for three months. Extensions are permitted for items requiring longer delivery periods and for goods produced according to certain specifications. In addition to the Thai Department of Commerce licensing requirements, the Thai Food and Drug Administration must approve the import of food products, drugs, cosmetics, toxic substances, narcotic and psychotropic substances, and medical devices. Importers of food products and pharmaceuticals must be licensed by the Thai FDA. Under the Hazardous Substance Act of March 29, 1992, import permits, each valid for one year, are required for hazardous chemicals. Thailand applies non-automatic licensing on granite and marble imports.

Customs Valuation

As a signatory to the World Trade Organization (WTO), Thailand is obliged to adopt the Agreement on Implementation of Article VII of the General Agreement on tariffs and Trade 1994 by 1 January 2000. In accordance with such commitment, the Ministry of Finance has enacted the Customs Act No. 17 2543 B.E. (2000) effective on 1 January 2000 and the Ministerial Regulation No. 132/2543 B.E. (2000) issued under Customs Act 2469 B.E. (1926) regarding criteria, procedures and conditions respecting application and determination of customs price on 9 March 2000 retroactively on 1 January 2000. This indicates that the assessment of duty of goods imported into Thailand, from 1 January 2000 onwards, must be complied with and based on the GATT Valuation system.

Accordingly, it is understood that the Customs Department has issued an internal notification repealing the use of customs minimum prices on all imported goods. Thus, customs valuation would, in theory, be based on the transaction value as mentioned in the invoice, and in the case of related party transactions the appropriate test methods would be followed to ascertain the appropriate value.

In practice, Thai Customs still keeps records of the highest declared price of products imported into Thailand from invoices of previous shipments. The Customs Standard Bureau also uses such data to establish and distribute the indicative price of some products aiming at standardizing customs valuation on certain products throughout the country. The indicative price is then distributed internally among relevant Customs officials and is used when such officials are concerned about the accuracy of the price declared on the invoice.

The use of indicative prices is up to the official at the port of entry. Regularly, this indicative price will be used instead of the transaction value to determine the custom value, and to consequently assess import. This could happen across all sectors and on commercial as well as promotional materials.

As the main impact of the change in valuation legislation is one of reduced revenue, the pressure on all officials involved in Thailand should not be underestimated. The Thai Valuation Committee has been created to consider appeals related to import valuation. Several trading partners have shown an interest in assisting Thailand to develop their approach to customs valuation into one that is fully consistent with their WTO commitments.

Import Duties

The current structure of Thailand's tariff policy divides the Thai tariff schedule into a number of tariff rate categories or bands. The total number of these categories is being gradually reduced from 39 down to the following: zero percent for certain goods such as medical equipment and fertilizer; one percent for raw materials and electronic components; five percent for primary and capital goods; ten percent for intermediate goods; twenty percent for finished products; and 30 percent for goods "needing special protection". A revised tariff structure was unveiled during the first half of the year 2000, which categorized goods under three general headings: 1) primary and raw materials, 2) intermediate and semi-processed products; and 3) finished products.

In general, for new applications for investment privileges, imports of machinery may benefit from between fifty percent to one hundred percent tariff reduction exemption depending upon the location of the project (zone of investment). Import duties on raw or essential materials used in export products for a period of up to 5 years are exempted, again, depending upon the location of the investment project. In addition, promoted investors can enjoy 75% import duty reduction on raw and essential materials used in production for domestic sales for five years if their factories are located in certain zones.

Antidumping

Anti Dumping duty may be levied in addition to normal import duties and taxes based on the product's origin. For further information, please contact the Thai Department of Foreign Trade.

Excise Duties

In addition to regular Ad Valorem Duty and Value Added Tax, some commodities are subject to an additional Excise Duty. For further information, please contact the Royal Thai Excise Department.

Additional Duties

For goods imported for re-export after processing, packing or re-assembly, import duty will be refunded, if the product is re-exported within one year.

Import Taxes

Value Added Tax (VAT) is applied to goods and services at each production stage and is refundable on exports. The tax has a broad base and only a few services such as the sale of agricultural products, textbooks and newspapers, are exempt. The current rate of VAT is 7%.

Customs Fees

None.

Exchange Controls

As a general rule, all matters involving foreign currency are regulated and require the permission of the Bank of Thailand. However, since 1990 these regulations have been relaxed considerably. These controls do comply with IMF regulations. Only foreign currency transactions of relatively high value need central bank approval. All other transactions can be processed by commercial banks.

Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT's)

Technical barriers or non-tariff barriers to trade, as they are sometimes known, can cause many problems for exporters looking for new markets for their products. These barriers can be in the form of regulations, standards, testing and certification procedures. The World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade tries to ensure that these barriers do not create unnecessary obstacles. To obtain further information on Technical Barriers to Trade as well as Notifications on technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures, go to the WTO website at http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_E/tbt_e/tbt_e.htm

Consular Fees

None.

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Thailand Import Prohibitions

The following commodities are prohibited into Thailand:

  • Obsence objects (literature, pictures)
  • Pornographic materials
  • Goods with Thai national flag
  • Narcotics (marijuana, hemp, opium, cocaine, morphine, heroin, etc. )
  • Fake currency, bonds or coins
  • Fake Royal Seals and official seals
  • Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) infringing goods (musical tape, CD, VDO, computer software, etc.)
  • Counterfeilt trademark goods 
  • Tobacco
  • Beef, products from beef
  • Seed, any type of seed
  • Arsenic/Phosphorus sulfides
  • Ethylene Dichloride
  • N-Ethylaniline and N-Diethylaniline
  • Thallium waste and scrap
  • Personal shipments requires a copy of a signed passport (customs may request an original passport). The consignee should register with Customs, which could take up to 3 business days, Customs and VAT charges do apply.
  • Electronic Cigarettes
  • Baraku, Shisha, Hookah (water pipe)
  • Sex toys (any kind)
  • Graven image (religiious idols)  

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General Import Restrictions

 

You are prohibited from tendering the following items for shipment to any international destinations unless otherwise indicated, and you agree not to do so. (Additional restrictions may apply depending on destination. Various regulatory clearances in addition to customs clearance may be required for certain commodities, thereby extending the transit time.)

  1. APO/FPO addresses.
  2. C.O.D. shipments.
  3. Human corpses, human organs or body parts, human and animal embryos, or cremated or disinterred human remains.
  4. Explosives (Class 1.4 explosives are acceptable for carriage to Canada, Germany, France, Japan, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. Note: United Arab Emirates only allows Class 1.4 explosives to be shipped hold-for-pickup to the FedEx Express facility in Dubai).
  5. Items resembling a bomb, hand grenade or other explosive device, except as provided in the Dangerous Goods section. This includes, but is not limited to, inert products such as novelty items, training aids and works of art.
  6. Firearms, weaponry and their parts (acceptable between the U.S. and Puerto Rico).
  7. Perishable foodstuffs and foods and beverages requiring refrigeration or other environmental control. An exception is available by contract only. Contact your FedEx account executive for information.
  8. Live animals including insects, except as provided in the Live Animals section in the FedEx Service Guide. (Call the FedEx Live Animal Desk at 1.800.405.9052).
  9. Plants and plant material, including cut flowers (cut flowers are acceptable from the U.S. to selected points in Canada and from Colombia, Ecuador and the Netherlands to the U.S.).
  10. Lottery tickets and gambling devices where prohibited by law.
  11. Money (coins, cash, currency, paper money and negotiable instruments equivalent to cash such as endorsed stocks, bonds and cash letters).
  12. Pornographic and/or obscene material.
  13. Shipments being processed under:
    1. Duty drawbacks claims unless advance arrangements are made.
    2. Temporary Import Bonds – acceptable under the FedEx International Broker Select option, for initial import only.
    3. U.S. State Department licenses
    4. Carnets
    5. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration export permit.
    6. Letters of Credit. Shipments subject to Letters of Credit are generally prohibited, with the exception of shipments subject to Letters of Credit calling for a “courier receipt”, as defined by Article 25 of UCP 600, shipped using the FedEx Expanded Service International Air Waybill.
    7. Certificate of Registration shipments (CF4455).

  14. Hazardous waste, including, but not limited to, used hypodermic needles or syringes transported for sterilization, recycling, disposal or for any other purpose, or other medical waste.
  15. Shipments that may cause damage to, or delay of, equipment, personnel or other shipments.
  16. Shipments that require us to obtain any special licenses or permit for transportation, importation or exportation.
  17. Shipments or commodities whose carriage, importation or exportation is prohibited by any law, statute or regulation.
  18. Counterfeit goods, including, but not limited to, goods under a trademark, without the approval or oversight of the registered trademark owner (also commonly referred to as "fake goods" or "knock-offs").
  19. Marijuana, as defined by U.S. federal law, 21 U.S.C. 802(16), including marijuana intended for recreational or medicinal use, and synthetic cannabinoids.
  20. Shipments with a declared value for customs in excess of that permitted for a specific destination. (See the Declared Value for Carriage and Limits of Liability section in the FedEx Service Guide).
  21. Dangerous goods except as permitted under the Dangerous Goods section of these terms and conditions.
  22. Processed or unprocessed dead animals, including insects and pets. Taxidermy-finished hunting trophies or completely processed (dried) specimens of whole animals or parts of animals are acceptable for shipment into the U.S.
  23. Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odor of any kind.
  24. Wildlife products that require U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service export clearance by FedEx prior to exportation from the U.S.
  25. In-bond shipments destined to or being withdrawn from a Foreign Trade Zone or bonded warehouse, unless the FedEx International Broker Select option is selected for U.S. import shipments, or the FedEx International Controlled Export service option is selected for U.S. export shipments.

Notwithstanding any other provision of the FedEx Service Guide, we are not liable for delay of, loss of damage to a shipment of any prohibited item. The shipper agrees to indemnity FedEx for any and all costs, fees and expenses FedEx incurs as a result of the shipper's violation of any local, state or federal laws or regulations or from tendering any prohibited item for shipment.

You may be able to ship these items via FedEx International Controlled Export, FedEx International Premium, FedEx International Express Freight (IXF) or FedEx International Airport-to-Airport (ATA). For information on FedEx International Controlled Export, call International Customer Service at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say "international services"). For information on the other services listed call FedEx Express Freight Customer Service at 1.800.332.0807.

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Thailand Restrictions

The Thai Ministry of Commerce designates classes of goods that are subject to import controls, which usually take the form of permission and licensing. Although these controls are being liberalized, more than classes of goods require licenses. Application for a license to the Ministry of Commerce must be accompanied by a supplier's order, confirmation, invoice and other pertinent documents. A license may be for a set period rather than a single importation. Exports to Thailand are not subject to any kind of pre-shipment inspection scheme. If you have a question about a specific control or restriction please visit their website at http://www.moc.go.th/. The following is a general list of the items, which are controlled or restricted import into Thailand:

  • Certain Agricultural Products
  • Drugs
  • Chemical Substance
  • Liquefied Petroleum Gas
  • Original sculptures and statuary
  • Used diesel engine
  • Clothing, garment
  • Color photo-copy machine
  • Intaglio printing machinery
  • Coin operated gaming machine
  • CFC utilized refrigerator
  • Milk
  • Wood
  • Kerosene
  • Diesel oil
  • Petroleum oil
  • Worked monumental or building stone
  • Flours, meals and pellets of fish
  • Tableware, kitchenware
  • Products subject to 'Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora' (CITES)
  • Yellow fin tuna
  • Chainsaws and parts
  • Motorcycle engine and parts
  • Scrap of plastics
  • Copyright infringement product
  • Radio wave transmitter
  • Used car
  • Diamond
  • Marble
  • Food
  • Medicine
  • Cosmetic
  • Medical tool and equipment
  • Plants, live plants, seed
  • Narcotics
  • Firearms and Ammunitions
  • Animals
  • Fertilizer
  • Used motor vehicle
  • Naphtha

Dangerous Goods in limited quantities (IATA provision 2.8)

  • Dangerous Goods are accepted BSO only (Broker Select Option) at (BKKRT)Bangkok, HAL(Hold at Location)
  • No Radioactives, No Explosives

 

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Special Import Provisions

The import of dangerous goods are accepted BSO only (Broker Select Option) at (BKKRT) Bangkok, HAL(Hold at Location); no radioactives, no explosives as identified by IATA on FedEx International Priority (FXIP) Service. If you need to send dangerous goods to Thailand, please contact your local FedEx representative for alternate shipping options and services.

Personal Effects

By Thai customs definition, "Personal Effects" means the personal belongings of a traveler entering or departing Thailand. Such belongings are concurrently imported or exported with the owner, or import before or after the arrival of a traveler within a specified period, but excluding the goods imported for personal use or as gifts of a personal use or as gifts of a person residing in Thailand. 

"Household Effects" means other belongings, not personal effects, and must be in the possession of an owner before the transfer of residence, such as television, refrigerator, air-conditioner, and jewelry, etc. Used household effects, accompanied with the owner on transfer of residence in reasonable quantities, can be exempted from duties. The meaning of transfer of residence includes a foreigner entering the country who has evidence to prove the transfer of residence, or shall cover a Thai national returning from abroad that has resided abroad for more than one year.

Duty Exemption

Personal and household effects entitled to duty-exemption must be imported, no earlier than one month before or no later than six months, after the arrival of the importer. The Thai Customs Department may extend the said period in such exceptional circumstances, as the Customs Department deems fit.

  1. Personal and household effects entitled to duty-exemption, the Customs Bureau or Customs House considers duty-exemption to a passport holder or a collective passport holder only. For those temporarily depart from Thailand for a certain period and return to the country by holding border pass or facility letter will not be granted duty-exemption.
  2. Used household effects, such as refrigerator, air conditioner, radio, television, video player, washing machine, and furniture, etc, imported by a person or a family more than one unit of each item; duty-exemption will be granted for only one unit of the least dutiable or as may be necessary, the rest will be subject to payment of duties.
  3. Pets, such as dog and cat accompanied with the passenger, are not regarded as personal effects and are not exempted from duties, except there is a proof to the satisfaction of the Director General of Customs that such pets are imported for breeding. Duty-exemption will be granted to cat and dog imported by a person temporarily visiting the Kingdom and re-exports such cats and dogs within six months from the date of importation. The importer is required to make a contract with and to give security by bond to the Customs Department that such cats and dogs will be re-exported within fixed period.
  4. Duty-exemption will be granted to spirituous liquor, cigarettes, cigars, or smoking tobacco accompanied with a traveler in the following quantities:
    • Two hundred cigarettes or two hundred and fifty grams for cigars or smoking tobacco or altogether weighing not more than two hundred and fifty grams but cigarettes must not exceed two hundred.
    • Spirituous liquor one liter

Samples

Commercial samples are exempt from customs duties. Application for exemption should be made to the Thai customs authorities.

Gifts

Gift shipments are acceptable. Commercial invoice must detail all items, subject to regulatory agency clearance and duty/tax will be assessed. Gift shipments of alcohol are prohibited.

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Standards

Standards and technical requirements are established by the Thailand Industrial Standards Institute (TISI).  Most firms operating in Thailand, including most foreign capital-affiliated firms, adhere to the TISI standards. Pursuant to the ASEAN-EEC Industrial Standards and Quality Assurance Program, Thailand has pledged to harmonize TISI to international and/or European rules, leading to the prospect of eventual mutual recognition of standards between the EU and Thailand.

Thai products meeting the required standards of the Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI) are given a 10% margin in government procurement. For those not involving TISI standards, the margin of preference is only of 3%.

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General Export Clearance Information

Clearance Process Exportation at Bangkok International Airport requires two steps:

  1. Document procedure
  2. Clearance of goods

Document procedure comprises 2 systems and exporters are allowed to select either one of them:

  1. Manual System The Department has implemented the system called "Long Room" since May 1, 1998. The system requires exporters or their authorized agents to lodge documents for formality checks at the Entry Submission Unit and retrieve them from the Entry Return Unit after Customs officials have checked the documents. Following the lodgment, Customs officials will process the documents. Furthermore, there has been a reduction in the steps required from 4 to 2 steps as indicated below:
    • Completeness check of export entries/supporting documents and inspection order (by assessment officials)
    • Issuance of entry numbers and duty exemption numbers (by formality officials). These two steps will approximately be completed within 5 minutes
  2. Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) System The Department has opened its first EDI service system for export at the Bangkok International Airport Customs Bureau on April 1, 1998. The system involves the following process:
    • Exporters/authorized agents transmit the information concerning their exportation from their computers to the Department's computers
    • The Department's computers will them process the received information; if correct, entry numbers will be issued and the exporters will be notified through computers; if incorrect, correction orders will be transmitted
    • Exporters/authorized agents will prepare the entries by using the computer data and submit them to certain officials, depending on the types of entries:
      1. The entry that requires no checking (Green Line) must be lodged at the warehouse designated as the port of export, In this case, a warehouse official will record the number of airway bill in the computer, and the computer will automatically specify the name of official for the clearance of goods. A Customs chief inspector stationed at the warehouse will review the completeness of all documents and endorse them prior to the release of goods;
      2. The entry that falls under the checking conditions specified in the system must be lodged at the Export Formality Sub-Division. This type of entries consists of less than 1 percent of the total number of entries. After being checked, the entry will be ready for the next step: the release of goods. A warehouse official will record the number of airway bill in the computer.
      3. Clearance of Goods - The entries processed through the manual system have clearance step as follows:
        1. Registration Customs official assignment goods inspection
        2. The entries processed through the EDI system

Document Requirements

The following documents should be provided when shipping from Thailand:

  1. Air Waybill
  2. Commercial Invoice on all non-docs shipments regardless of value 
  3. Packing List (if any)
  4. Insurance Premium Invoice
  5. Import License (if required)
  6. Certificate of Origin (if want to claim for lower duty rate according to WTO, NAFTA, etc.)
  7. Other relevant documents such as catalog, brochure, specification 

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Thailand Export Prohibitions

The following commodities are prohibited from Thailand:

Tobacco
Arsenic/Phosphorus Sulfides
Ethylene Dichloride
N-Ethylaniline and N-Diethylaniline
Thallium waste and scrap

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General Export Restrictions

You are prohibited from tendering the following items for shipment to any international destinations unless otherwise indicated, and you agree not to do so. (Additional restrictions may apply depending on destination. Various regulatory clearances in addition to customs clearance may be required for certain commodities, thereby extending the transit time.)

  1. APO/FPO addresses.
  2. C.O.D. shipments.
  3. Human corpses, human organs or body parts, human and animal embryos, or cremated or disinterred human remains.
  4. Explosives (Class 1.4 explosives are acceptable for carriage to Canada, Germany, France, Japan, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. Note: United Arab Emirates only allows Class 1.4 explosives to be shipped hold-for-pickup to the FedEx Express facility in Dubai).
  5. Items resembling a bomb, hand grenade or other explosive device, except as provided in the Dangerous Goods section. This includes, but is not limited to, inert products such as novelty items, training aids and works of art.
  6. Firearms, weaponry and their parts (acceptable between the U.S. and Puerto Rico).
  7. Perishable foodstuffs and foods and beverages requiring refrigeration or other environmental control. An exception is available by contract only. Contact your FedEx account executive for information.
  8. Live animals including insects, except as provided in the Live Animals section in the FedEx Service Guide. (Call the FedEx Live Animal Desk at 1.800.405.9052).
  9. Plants and plant material, including cut flowers (cut flowers are acceptable from the U.S. to selected points in Canada and from Colombia, Ecuador and the Netherlands to the U.S.).
  10. Lottery tickets and gambling devices where prohibited by law.
  11. Money (coins, cash, currency, paper money and negotiable instruments equivalent to cash such as endorsed stocks, bonds and cash letters).
  12. Pornographic and/or obscene material.
  13. Shipments being processed under:
    1. Duty drawbacks claims unless advance arrangements are made.
    2. Temporary Import Bonds – acceptable under the FedEx International Broker Select option, for initial import only.
    3. U.S. State Department licenses
    4. Carnets
    5. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration export permit.
    6. Letters of Credit. Shipments subject to Letters of Credit are generally prohibited, with the exception of shipments subject to Letters of Credit calling for a “courier receipt”, as defined by Article 25 of UCP 600, shipped using the FedEx Expanded Service International Air Waybill.
    7. Certificate of Registration shipments (CF4455).

  14. Hazardous waste, including, but not limited to, used hypodermic needles or syringes transported for sterilization, recycling, disposal or for any other purpose, or other medical waste.
  15. Shipments that may cause damage to, or delay of, equipment, personnel or other shipments.
  16. Shipments that require us to obtain any special licenses or permit for transportation, importation or exportation.
  17. Shipments or commodities whose carriage, importation or exportation is prohibited by any law, statute or regulation.
  18. Counterfeit goods, including, but not limited to, goods under a trademark, without the approval or oversight of the registered trademark owner (also commonly referred to as "fake goods" or "knock-offs").
  19. Marijuana, as defined by U.S. federal law, 21 U.S.C. 802(16), including marijuana intended for recreational or medicinal use, and synthetic cannabinoids.
  20. Shipments with a declared value for customs in excess of that permitted for a specific destination. (See the Declared Value for Carriage and Limits of Liability section in the FedEx Service Guide).
  21. Dangerous goods except as permitted under the Dangerous Goods section of these terms and conditions.
  22. Processed or unprocessed dead animals, including insects and pets. Taxidermy-finished hunting trophies or completely processed (dried) specimens of whole animals or parts of animals are acceptable for shipment into the U.S.
  23. Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odor of any kind.
  24. Wildlife products that require U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service export clearance by FedEx prior to exportation from the U.S.
  25. In-bond shipments destined to or being withdrawn from a Foreign Trade Zone or bonded warehouse, unless the FedEx International Broker Select option is selected for U.S. import shipments, or the FedEx International Controlled Export service option is selected for U.S. export shipments.

Notwithstanding any other provision of the FedEx Service Guide, we are not liable for delay of, loss of damage to a shipment of any prohibited item. The shipper agrees to indemnity FedEx for any and all costs, fees and expenses FedEx incurs as a result of the shipper's violation of any local, state or federal laws or regulations or from tendering any prohibited item for shipment.

You may be able to ship these items via FedEx International Controlled Export, FedEx International Premium, FedEx International Express Freight (IXF) or FedEx International Airport-to-Airport (ATA). For information on FedEx International Controlled Export, call International Customer Service at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say "international services"). For information on the other services listed call FedEx Express Freight Customer Service at 1.800.332.0807.

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Thailand Restrictions

  • Certain agricultural products
  • Fertilizer
  • Woods
  • Certain mineral
  • Sand
  • Petroleum gas
  • Narcotics
  • Antique of Art, Buddha images
  • Garment
  • Radio transmitter
  • Plants and seeds
  • Movie film
  • Dangerous Goods in limited quantities (IATA provision 2.8)
    • Dangerous Goods are accepted BSO only (Broker Select Option) at (BKKRT)Bangkok, HAL(Hold at Location)
    • No Radioactives, No Explosives

Export Permits - Specific export permits are for commodities subject to export controls. The Thai Customs is the government office for dual use exports (commercial items that may have military applications). Other departments and agencies have regulatory jurisdiction and issue licenses for controlled substances and precursor chemicals, for endangered fish and wildlife species, for defense services and articles, for arms and munitions, for nuclear material, equipment and technology, for fuels, for drugs and medical devices. Before exporting these items, special licenses must be obtained from customs office to insure that the items are not part of the national heritage of Thailand. License requirements are dependent upon an item's technical characteristics, the destination, the end-use, end-user and other activities of the end-user. Specific questions pertaining to commodity licensing requirements should be directed to the lead agency. 

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Regulatory Contact Information

Branch or Agency Name Areas of Responsibility

Excise Department
1488 Nakonchaisri Road, Khet Dusit
Bangkok 10300
Tel: 0-2668-6560-89
Fax: 0-2241-1030

  • Collection of Excise Duty

Thai Food and Drug Administration
88/22 Ministry of Public Health
Tivanon Road, Amphur Muang
Nontaburi 11000
Tel: 0-2590-7000

  • Consumer Protection

Thai Customs Department
Adnarong Road, Khet Klongtoey
Bangkok 10110
Tel: 0-2249-9017
0-2249-0431-40

  • Duty, VAT, Ad Valorem Taxes
  • Licensing for dual use goods

Bank of Thailand
1193 EXIM Building
Phahoyothin Road,
Bangkok 10400
Tel: 0-2271-3700
0-2278-0047
0-2617-2111
Fax: 0-2771-3204

  • Import and export banking

Department of Foreign Trade
44/100 Moo 1, Sanambinnam Road,
Tambon Bangkasor, Amphur Muang Nontaburi
Tel: 0-2547-4771-8
Fax: 0-2547-4792

  • Negotiate on International Trade Agreement, Antidumping

Fine Arts Department
Samsen Road, Dusit
Bangkok 10300
Tel: 0-2224-2050
0-2222-3569
Fax: 0-2222-0934

  • Work of Art, Antique

Department of Industrial Works
75/6 Rama VI Road, Rachathevi
Bangkok 10400
Tel: 0-2202-4129, 4014
Fax: 0-2202-4019

  • Hazardous Chemicals
Department of Mineral Resources
Rama VI Road, Ratchathevi
Bangkok 10400
Tel: 0-2202-3612
Fax: 0-2202-3611
  • Mineral control

Thai Industrial Standard Institute
Rama VI, Ratchathewi
Bangkok 10400
Tel: 0-2202-3300-3304
Fax: 0-2202-3415

  • Products subject to standard law

Post and Telegraph Department
Phaholyothin Road, Payathai
Bangkok 10400
Tel: 0-2227-3511
0-2271-0151-60

  • Radio Transmitter

Royal Forest Department of Thailand
61 Phaholyothin Road,
Ladyoa Chatuchak
Bangkok 10900
Tel: 0-2561-4292-3

  • Endangered Species (CITES)

Department of Agriculture
Phaholyothin Road, Chatuchak
Bangkok 10900
Tel: 0-2940-6872
0-2940-6874

  • Plants and Seeds

The Thai Chamber of Commerce
150 Rachaborpit Road, Phranakorn
Bangkok 10200
Tel: 0-2622-1860
Fax: 0-2622-1880
0-2225-3372

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Department of Business Economics
Thanon Ratchadamnoen Klang,
Bangkok 10200
Tel: 0-2225-8411-9
Fax: 0-2280-0775

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