When a shipment arrives in Thailand, importers are required to file a Goods Declaration and supporting documents for the imports with a Customs officer at the port of entry. Imported cargo are not legally entered Thailand until after the shipment has arrived within the port of entry, delivery of the merchandise has been authorized by Customs, and applicable taxes and duties have been paid. It is the responsibility of an importer to arrange for examination and release of the imported cargo. In addition, depending on the nature of the imports, and regardless of value, the importers may need to obtain a permit to facilitate clearance of the imports. Some, not all, of the goods requiring permit, and the relevant permit issuing agencies, should be contacted prior to the importation.
In case of red line (high risk shipment), the minimum documents required to be submitted to the Customs for the clearance of imports consists of:
- Import Declaration
- Bill of Lading (B/L) or Air Waybill
- Packing List
- Import License (if applicable)
- Certificates of Origin (if applicable)
- Other relevant documents such as catalogue, product ingredients, etc.