How to import to Thailand? Step by Step Guide

August 6, 2021

Import to Thailand

Are you interested to sell in Thailand?

As a cross-boarder seller, you are highly encouraged to research on economic background before starting your business.

We have gathered necessary information for you.

Read our separate article : Growth of Thai Ecommerce Industry to find out the potential of the country.

Customs process can be complicated and it takes many steps to get completed.

Plus, keep in mind that different country may have different regulation and restriction. So, it’s better to take a look at the specific country for their specific requirements.

This article is suitable for anyone who wants to know how to import to Thailand including:

  • What you need before importing?
  • How to import to Thailand
  • Tools to help you manage importing.

What you need before importing to Thailand

Want to import to Thailand?

There are some requirements prior importing your products to Thailand.

Sometime, importing can be complicated and it consumes a lot of your time.

We are providing this check-list to help you speed up the process.

1. Import license

It’s the minimum requirement in order to import to Thailand. To apply for import license, you can file it online at Thai’s customs official website.

2. Prohibited and restricted goods

Some goods are prohibited in Thailand and some may require permit before you can import.

One of the most important elements when importing is to check if your products are prohibited or restricted. For some goods, permit license is required.

3. HS Code

HS code stands for Harmonized System. It is used to classify goods shipped around the world.

You will get plenty of benefits from knowing the HS Code when exporting to Thailand. For example,

It helps you foresee the cost of your products including import duties and taxes. This will prevent you from losing profits.

Plus, HS Code will let you know if the products you are importing need permit or not.

4. e-Customs connector

To use e-custom services, you will need to connect with e-Customs system. There are 2 options for that which are

Direct communication :  You will need to hold “Digital certificate" and install e-Customs software in order to communicate with them.

Indirect Communication : You can use third party’s service like Custom brokers. In this case, you can authorise the broker to sign the digital certificate on your behalf.

5. Ecommerce license registration

You may register ecommerce license within 30 days from the date of commencement of the business.

This is to provide reliability and confirm existence of entrepreneurs.

Importing procedures.

Let’s move to our next topic: how to import to Thailand.

Want to import to Thailand? Follow these steps!

Step 0: Check permits and regulation.

This is preliminary process before you actually import, so let’s call it step 0.

Check if permits required for your products or if it is restricted in Thailand. You can use HS code on Thai customs website to do that.

If your products is restricted and need permit before importing, your HS code will tell you which government agency to contact to ask for permit.

Step 1: Register for e-Customs

The very first step is to register for e-Customs system because goods importing procedures into Thailand have been centralised into the online e-Customs system.

Like mentioned earlier, you can either choose to proceed the registration for your own company, or through an agent.

To complete this step, you must complete the following tasks

  • e-Customs software installation, or you can authorise the agent to do this for you with your digital certificate.
  • Registration with Thai Customs for the use of e-Customs at their office.
  • Readiness and accuracy of message exchange must be tested during the use of e-Customs system.
  • You will get your ID to login to the e-Customs system.

Step 2: Declare to customs department

All imported products must be reported to customs department by using e-Customs system.

Import entry form will be required as well as other documents including :

  • Bill of Lading (B/L) or Air Waybill
  • Invoice
  • Packing List
  • Import License
  • Other relevant documents

Get all the documents in place then you can submit the file into the system.

Step 3: Review import entry form

After submitted, the e-customs system will check your import entry form and other documents. If there’s something wrong, they will ask you to correct it.

Once all the details are corrected, they will issue number on your form for further process.

Additionally, they will classify if the goods is considered as “red line" or “green line"

Red line means the goods to be imported need further verification and certification upon arrival.

Green line means the goods are ready for further process.

Step 4 : Proceed import duties and taxes

After your goods get the green line, you are good to proceed the duties and taxes payment.

This process can be done at the Custom Department of the port of entry or via e-Payment available on the e-Customs system.

Step 5: Inspection and release

Here we come to the final step!

For green line goods, it will take only a few minutes for online screening process.

For red line goods, supporting documents and physical inspection are required by customs agents.

When expanding your business to another country, it can be challenging.

Using professional services can be a great benefit for your business as you can save a great amount of time for each procedures.

With professional skills, you will experience seamless operation when importing. This means that you can make profits faster from such promising market like Thailand.