The procedures for importing goods into Thailand have been centralized into the online e-Customs system. In order to register for the system, the importer must already possess a ‘digital certificate’. Once a digital certificate is in place, the importer may proceed to register for the e-Customs system. Most of the goods can be imported easily into Thailand. However, certain product categories require the presentation of a licence approved by the Ministry of Commerce. Import licenses are required for 26 categories of products/items. Licenses are predominantly required for the import of many raw materials, petroleum, industrial, textiles, pharmaceuticals, and agricultural products. These products must be registered and obtain authorisation from the relevant authorities. For goods import not requiring any additional licenses, permit must comply with applicable regulations of Authorities/Agencies, including, in some cases, extra fees and certificate of origin requirements.
There are several products are subjected to import control, namely;
- Processed foods, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, vitamins, and cosmetics require licencing from the Food and Drug Administration, Ministry of Public Health.
- Antiques or objects of art, whether registered or not, require permission from the Fine Arts Department, Ministry of Education.
The customs clearance procedures for cross-border trading into Thailand requires;
- Submission of Customs’ Import entry form.
- CIPL – Commercial Invoice/Packing list,
- International Shipping Documents – Bill of lading or Airway bill,
There are product categories that may require import license and/or authorisation from relevant Authorities/Agencies. These include food products (processed or unprocessed), pharmaceuticals, medical devices, healthcare products, cosmetics, hazardous substances, animals, and some agricultural products.
Nominating a Freight Forwarder/Agency to deal with import customs clearance in Thailand is highly recommended.
For more information, please visit the website of Thai Customs.