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THAILAND
(Country code: TH)

SERVICE RATE
CODE
MAX.
WEIGHT (KG)
OVERSIZE
AVAILABILITY
MAX.
COVERAGE
Priority™ Worldwide (Delivery Standards)   04   30   NO   $1000
Xpresspost™ – International   104   30   YES   $1000
International Parcel™ (Surface)   404   30   YES   $1000
Small Packet™ (Air)   04   2   NO   N/A
Small Packet™ (Surface)   04   2   NO   N/A
CUSTOMS DECLARATION LANGUAGE English, French, Thai

SERVICE AVAILABILITY Registered Mail™ VALUABLES ACCEPTED
Letter-post™   YES   YES   YES
SERVICE AVAILABILITY FEE CODE CURRENCY
Money Orders™    NO    

Maximum Coverage = Maximum Declared Value for Carriage for the Priority™ Worldwide service.

Import Restrictions

Senders should determine import restrictions from authorities before posting:

  • alcoholic
  • animals and animal products
  • dairy produce
  • foodstuffs, prepared
  • hides
  • lenses, contact
  • medical and surgical instruments
  • pharmaceutical products
  • plants and plant products
  • playing cards
  • skins
  • textiles and textile articles
  • tobacco
  • vegetable oils
  • vinegar.

Duty

Articles less than 500 baht value are exempt from customs duty.

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 www.moc.go.th/.

The import of drugs, food and supplementary products require prior licensing from the Food and Drug Administration, as well as the Ministry of Health.

The import of antiques or objects of art, whether registered or not, requires permission from the Fine Arts Department.

The Cosmetic Act stipulates that for the purpose of protection of public health, any importer of controlled cosmetics must provide the name and location of the office and the place of manufacture or storage of cosmetics, the category or kind of cosmetics to be imported and list the major components of cosmetics.

The import of wild fauna, flora, fish and other aquatic fauna requires permission from the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, the Department of Agriculture, or the Department of Fishery.

The import of electronic items is required to be licensed by the Thai Industrial Standard Institute (TISI).

The following is a general list of the items, which are controlled or restricted import into Thailand:

  • certain agricultural products
  • chainsaws and parts
  • chemicals
  • chemical Substances
  • clothing, garment
  • coin operated gaming machine
  • color photo-copy machine
  • copyright infringement product
  • contact lenses
  • cocoa and cocoa preparations
  • cereals
  • cosmetic
  • dried fish
  • diamond
  • diesel oil
  • drugs
  • electronic saws
  • flours, meals and pellets of
  • food and food colouring
  • fruits and nuts
  • fertiizer
  • intaglio printing machinery
  • kerosene
  • liquefied Petroleum Gas
  • leaf and powedered tea
  • marble
  • maize for animal consumption
  • medical tool and equipment
  • medicine
  • milk
  • motorcycle engine and parts
  • naphtha
  • narcotics
  • original sculptures and statuary
  • petroleum oil
  • products subject to 'Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora' (CITES)
  • Perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations
  • playing cards
  • radio wave transmitter
  • roasted coffee
  • raw hides, skins, leathers and furskins
  • salt, sulphur, lime and cement
  • silk, wool and cotton
  • spirit content of more than 1 litre
  • sugar and sugar confectionary
  • scrap of plastics
  • seeds and soybeans
  • soybean oil and palm oil
  • soap
  • tableware, kitchenware
  • textile products
  • tin and tin alloy
  • transceivers of radio communications, telephone and radar
  • weapons, firearms, parts thereof and ammunition
  • wood
  • worked monumental or building stone
  • vegetables, roots and tubers
  • yellow fin tuna.

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).

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.

Prohibited Items

In addition to items considered non-mailable matter, the following are prohibited:

  • arsenic/phosphorus sulfides
  • banknotes, currency, bonds
  • cocoon, Apis, Mellifera, Adamson bees from Africa
  • coconut oil
  • counterfeit trademark goods
  • dried longan
  • electronic games
  • ethylene dichde
  • fresh and dried garlic
  • goods with Thai national flag
  • handicrafts indicating forged origin
  • horsehair and horse waste
  • IPR infringing goods (CD, VDO, DVD)
  • live aquatic animals
  • mechanical devices with score or marks
  • n-ethylaniline and n-diethylaniline
  • narcotics
  • obcence objects/literature/pictures
  • plants and plant products
  • publications prohibited by the Royal Thai Police Department
  • rice products
  • sugarcane
  • stones for monuments or decorated stones
  • thallium waste and scrap
  • tobacco
  • valuables (as Registered Mail).
  • unused letter paper and postcards
  • vinyl chloride monomer mixed with hair spray or deodorizing agents.

Documentation Required

Information regarding Customs can be found in "Customs Requirements" of the Canada Postal Guide.

Commercial goods mailed to Thailand require an inserted invoice and a Certificate of Origin.

The following documents should be provided when shipping to Thailand:

1. commercial invoice on all non-docs shipments regardless of value

2. insurance Premium Invoice

3. import License (if required)

4. certificate of Origin (if want to claim for lower duty rate according to WTO, NAFTA, etc.)

5. other relevant documents such as catalog, brochure, specification labeling, especially for food products, should be in Thai.

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.

Declaration and Clearance Process:

If the value of a package does not exceed 1.000 THB or the content has no commercial value, the package is exempt from customs duty. If the value of a pacakge does not exceed 40.000 THB, a Customs officer will make an assessment, and hand the item over to Post for delivery and collection of duties.