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Thailand Customs Information

Customs Information

Please take a moment to review the important customs information before shipping to Thailand.

Personal Effects Customs Clearance Thailand

Holiday baggage and other time sensitive packages should not be sent on this route.

Personal and Household effects must be imported no earlier than one month prior to the importer’s arrival and not later than six months after their arrival.

Thai Customs will only permit either Thai Nationals who are returning to Thailand after more than 12 months abroad, or non-nationals who have been issued with a 12 month non-resident work visa or non-resident ID Card to receive some exemptions from paying duty and taxes on their first shipment entering the country. Subsequent shipments will incur full duties and taxes.

Duty exemption is not currently available to individuals visiting the country temporarily such as on holiday or a short business trip, therefore we would advise contacting the relevant customs authorities in Thailand before shipping so that you are aware of the amount of duty and taxes which may be applicable.

In order to clear shipments, Non-Thai nationals may be required to physically supply their passport showing their entry stamp in Thailand and non-resident work visa or ID Card if held, to the local courier's office when shipping Personal Effects (if unable to travel to our partners' office, they can arrange for a courier to collect the passport from you).

Thai nationals sending to Thailand will need to provide proof that they have been outside of the country for 12 months.

In addition to any duty and taxes applied, additional charges of around 1500THB may be applied for customs processing, and storage charges may be applied should documentation requested for clearance not be provided immediately.

General Personal Effects Customs Information

Personal effects are typically defined as used items which have been in the sender's possession for 6 months or more. If your shipment is checked by  customs and is found to contain brand new or commercial items, you shipment may not be assessed as personal effects. Keep this in mind if you are sending Christmas gifts or other new items. Please check with customs so you are aware of potential customs duties, follow any advice given and attach all necessary documentation.

In order to demonstrate that your shipment consists of personal effects, you will be required to complete a brief non-generic packing list online, entries to be made in the format: "5 x Cotton Dresses, 2 x Jeans, 3 x Pair of Gloves", and so on, rather than as "10 x Used Clothing".

As customs processes and allowances vary by country, we advise all customers take 5 minutes to check how their personal circumstances and what they are sending will be assessed under the prevailing customs regulations of the destination.

More information is available on our customs information page.

Customs Clearance Time

When a bag is stopped by customs for any reason (missing documentation, impromptu inspection, prohibited contents, commercial contents or further information required) Send My Bag records how long customs hold it for. Our historical statistics for this route indicate that if the customs authority stops your bag they will on average take 10 working days to process it and release it back to us for delivery.

Personal Effects Customs Clearance Thailand

Holiday baggage and other time sensitive packages should not be sent on this route.

Personal and Household effects must be imported no earlier than one month prior to the importer’s arrival and not later than six months after their arrival.

Thai Customs will only permit either Thai Nationals who are returning to Thailand after more than 12 months abroad, or non-nationals who have been issued with a 12 month non-resident work visa or non-resident ID Card to receive some exemptions from paying duty and taxes on their first shipment entering the country. Subsequent shipments will incur full duties and taxes.

Duty exemption is not currently available to individuals visiting the country temporarily such as on holiday or a short business trip, therefore we would advise contacting the relevant customs authorities in Thailand before shipping so that you are aware of the amount of duty and taxes which may be applicable.

In order to clear shipments, Non-Thai nationals may be required to physically supply their passport showing their entry stamp in Thailand and non-resident work visa or ID Card if held, to the local courier's office when shipping Personal Effects (if unable to travel to our partners' office, they can arrange for a courier to collect the passport from you).

Thai nationals sending to Thailand will need to provide proof that they have been outside of the country for 12 months.

In addition to any duty and taxes applied, additional charges of around 1500THB may be applied for customs processing, and storage charges may be applied should documentation requested for clearance not be provided immediately.

General Personal Effects Customs Information

Personal effects are typically defined as used items which have been in the sender's possession for 6 months or more. If your shipment is checked by  customs and is found to contain brand new or commercial items, you shipment may not be assessed as personal effects. Keep this in mind if you are sending Christmas gifts or other new items. Please check with customs so you are aware of potential customs duties, follow any advice given and attach all necessary documentation.

In order to demonstrate that your shipment consists of personal effects, you will be required to complete a brief non-generic packing list online, entries to be made in the format: "5 x Cotton Dresses, 2 x Jeans, 3 x Pair of Gloves", and so on, rather than as "10 x Used Clothing".

As customs processes and allowances vary by country, we advise all customers take 5 minutes to check how their personal circumstances and what they are sending will be assessed under the prevailing customs regulations of the destination.

More information is available on our customs information page.

Customs Clearance Time

When a bag is stopped by customs for any reason (missing documentation, impromptu inspection, prohibited contents, commercial contents or further information required) Send My Bag records how long customs hold it for. Our historical statistics for this route indicate that if the customs authority stops your bag they will on average take 10 working days to process it and release it back to us for delivery.

A maximum of 1 lithium battery is permitted per shipment (excludes to / from Australia) when it is contained within a working personal electronic device such as a mobile phone. Review our battery policy.

  • Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
  • Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type (including nail varnish and perfume);
  • Toner Cartridges;
  • Loose Batteries & Power Banks;
  • No more than ONE device containing a lithium battery in line with our battery policy OR when shipping to / from Australia or China, NO device containing any kind of battery;
  • Tracking devices such as AirTags;
  • Animals and Animal products;
  • Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations and toys of same);
  • Flowers and plant products;
  • Human remains or ashes;
  • Medical samples;
  • Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
  • Pornography;
  • Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
  • Tobacco and vaping products regardless of nicotine content;
  • Religious Artefacts
  • Foodstuffs, perishable, animal origin and controlled food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Fruit & vegetables, dairy products (including dried products containing dairy such as milk chocolate and protein powder), meat, fish, nuts, seeds, wine, beer, spirits and champagne; or
  • Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odour of any kind;
  • Valuables and high value items including but not limited to antiques, paintings, jewellery, precious stones and electrical equipment (low value electrical equipment is permitted but sent at the owner's risk);
  • Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
  • Credit cards;
  • Passports or other confidential personal documentation;
  • Irreplaceable items;
  • Other Dangerous / hazardous goods;
  • Counterfeit goods;
  • Items from sanctioned countries;
  • Other illegal or restricted goods.

More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.

Additional prohibited items for Thailand

  • Banderols/Tax Stickers.
  • Bullion.
  • Coal & Firewood.
  • Furs.
  • Gambling Devices.
  • Imitation Items.
  • Military Equipment.
  • Playing Cards.
  • Precious Metals & Stones.
  • Sex Toys.
  • Toy Guns.

Items excluded from cover

The following items will be accepted but are sent at your risk and are not included under complimentary cover:

  • Electrical Items, including but not limited to; Tablets, Mobile Phones, Computers, Hi-Fis, TVs.
  • Glass & Porcelain.
  • Any other non standard excess baggage items.

If you choose to send any of the above please ensure you package the item appropriately, for example a TV inside a suitcase is not appropriate.

A maximum of 1 lithium battery is permitted per shipment (excludes to / from Australia) when it is contained within a working personal electronic device such as a mobile phone. Review our battery policy.

  • Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
  • Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type (including nail varnish and perfume);
  • Toner Cartridges;
  • Loose Batteries & Power Banks;
  • No more than ONE device containing a lithium battery in line with our battery policy OR when shipping to / from Australia or China, NO device containing any kind of battery;
  • Tracking devices such as AirTags;
  • Animals and Animal products;
  • Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations and toys of same);
  • Flowers and plant products;
  • Human remains or ashes;
  • Medical samples;
  • Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
  • Pornography;
  • Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
  • Tobacco and vaping products regardless of nicotine content;
  • Religious Artefacts
  • Foodstuffs, perishable, animal origin and controlled food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Fruit & vegetables, dairy products (including dried products containing dairy such as milk chocolate and protein powder), meat, fish, nuts, seeds, wine, beer, spirits and champagne; or
  • Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odour of any kind;
  • Valuables and high value items including but not limited to antiques, paintings, jewellery, precious stones and electrical equipment (low value electrical equipment is permitted but sent at the owner's risk);
  • Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
  • Credit cards;
  • Passports or other confidential personal documentation;
  • Irreplaceable items;
  • Other Dangerous / hazardous goods;
  • Counterfeit goods;
  • Items from sanctioned countries;
  • Other illegal or restricted goods.

More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.

Additional prohibited items for Thailand

  • Banderols/Tax Stickers.
  • Bullion.
  • Coal & Firewood.
  • Furs.
  • Gambling Devices.
  • Imitation Items.
  • Military Equipment.
  • Playing Cards.
  • Precious Metals & Stones.
  • Sex Toys.
  • Toy Guns.

Items excluded from cover

The following items will be accepted but are sent at your risk and are not included under complimentary cover:

  • Electrical Items, including but not limited to; Tablets, Mobile Phones, Computers, Hi-Fis, TVs.
  • Glass & Porcelain.
  • Any other non standard excess baggage items.

If you choose to send any of the above please ensure you package the item appropriately, for example a TV inside a suitcase is not appropriate.

Prohibited items

Prohibited Items

With Send My Bag™ you can travel with almost everything you would normally find in luggage, for security and customs reasons however certain items are prohibited, please find these listed below.

On EU standard services (not express) and all UK and US domestic services you may send:

  • Shower gel.
  • Toothpaste.
  • Other non flammable and non alcohol based liquids, pastes & gels for use on holiday.

Nail varnish, perfume and aerosols are not permitted. If these items are included in your luggage it may be returned to you.

Whilst non alcohol based liquids are permitted, damage caused by leakage is not covered by complimentary cover and therefore only small amounts should be sent. If an x-ray shows liquids of any type security may stop your bag for inspection.

A maximum of 1 lithium battery is permitted per shipment (excludes to / from Australia) when it is contained within a working personal electronic device such as a mobile phone. Review our battery policy. The following items are prohibited at all times:

  • Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
  • Alcohol based or Flammable Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type including, but not limited to, nail varnish and perfume;
  • Toner Cartridges;
  • Loose Batteries & Power Banks;
  • No more than ONE device containing a lithium battery in line with our battery policy OR when shipping to / from Australia or China, NO device containing any kind of battery;
  • Tracking devices such as AirTags;
  • Animals and Animal products;
  • Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations of same);
  • Flowers and plant products;
  • Human remains or ashes;
  • Medical samples;
  • Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
  • Pornography;
  • Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
  • Tobacco and vaping products regardless of nicotine content;
  • Religious Artefacts
  • Foodstuffs, perishable, animal origin and controlled food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Fruit & vegetables, dairy products (including dried products containing dairy such as milk chocolate and protein powder), meat, fish, nuts, seeds, wine, beer, spirits and champagne; or
  • Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odour of any kind;
  • Valuables and high value items including but not limited to antiques, paintings, jewellery, precious stones and electrical equipment (low value electrical equipment is permitted but sent at the owner's risk);
  • Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
  • Credit cards;
  • Passports or other confidential personal documentation;
  • Irreplaceable items;
  • Other Dangerous / hazardous goods;
  • Counterfeit goods;
  • Items from sanctioned countries;
  • Other illegal or restricted goods.

More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.

Additional prohibited items for Thailand

  • Banderols/Tax Stickers.
  • Bullion.
  • Coal & Firewood.
  • Furs.
  • Gambling Devices.
  • Imitation Items.
  • Military Equipment.
  • Playing Cards.
  • Precious Metals & Stones.
  • Sex Toys.
  • Toy Guns.

Items Excluded From Cover

The following items will be accepted but are sent at your risk and are not included under complimentary cover:

  • Electrical Items, including but not limited to; Tablets, Mobile Phones, Computers, Hi-Fis, TVs.
  • Glass & Porcelain.
  • Any other non standard excess baggage items.

If you choose to send any of the above please ensure you package the item appropriately, for example a TV inside a suitcase is not appropriate.

On EU standard services (not express) and all UK and US domestic services you may send:

  • Shower gel.
  • Toothpaste.
  • Other non flammable and non alcohol based liquids, pastes & gels for use on holiday.

Nail varnish, perfume and aerosols are not permitted. If these items are included in your luggage it may be returned to you.

Whilst non alcohol based liquids are permitted, damage caused by leakage is not covered by complimentary cover and therefore only small amounts should be sent. If an x-ray shows liquids of any type security may stop your bag for inspection.

A maximum of 1 lithium battery is permitted per shipment (excludes to / from Australia) when it is contained within a working personal electronic device such as a mobile phone. Review our battery policy. The following items are prohibited at all times:

  • Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
  • Alcohol based or Flammable Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type including, but not limited to, nail varnish and perfume;
  • Toner Cartridges;
  • Loose Batteries & Power Banks;
  • No more than ONE device containing a lithium battery in line with our battery policy OR when shipping to / from Australia or China, NO device containing any kind of battery;
  • Tracking devices such as AirTags;
  • Animals and Animal products;
  • Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations of same);
  • Flowers and plant products;
  • Human remains or ashes;
  • Medical samples;
  • Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
  • Pornography;
  • Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
  • Tobacco and vaping products regardless of nicotine content;
  • Religious Artefacts
  • Foodstuffs, perishable, animal origin and controlled food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Fruit & vegetables, dairy products (including dried products containing dairy such as milk chocolate and protein powder), meat, fish, nuts, seeds, wine, beer, spirits and champagne; or
  • Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odour of any kind;
  • Valuables and high value items including but not limited to antiques, paintings, jewellery, precious stones and electrical equipment (low value electrical equipment is permitted but sent at the owner's risk);
  • Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
  • Credit cards;
  • Passports or other confidential personal documentation;
  • Irreplaceable items;
  • Other Dangerous / hazardous goods;
  • Counterfeit goods;
  • Items from sanctioned countries;
  • Other illegal or restricted goods.

More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.

Additional prohibited items for Thailand

  • Banderols/Tax Stickers.
  • Bullion.
  • Coal & Firewood.
  • Furs.
  • Gambling Devices.
  • Imitation Items.
  • Military Equipment.
  • Playing Cards.
  • Precious Metals & Stones.
  • Sex Toys.
  • Toy Guns.

Items Excluded From Cover

The following items will be accepted but are sent at your risk and are not included under complimentary cover:

  • Electrical Items, including but not limited to; Tablets, Mobile Phones, Computers, Hi-Fis, TVs.
  • Glass & Porcelain.
  • Any other non standard excess baggage items.

If you choose to send any of the above please ensure you package the item appropriately, for example a TV inside a suitcase is not appropriate.

Why Ship to Thailand?

Why Ship to Thailand?

If you are planning to experience the outdoors or take in a few rounds of golf you may want to take your own equipment with you. This can be an expensive choice given that the airlines charge extortionate fees for excess baggage, but Send My Bag can help with our cheap shipping to Thailand.

Our carrier service can pick up your heavy and bulky luggage from your home and deliver it anywhere in Thailand quickly and securely, and at a reasonable price. This is especially helpful if you have multiple transfers during your journey. It takes the worry and hassle out of transporting your own luggage, hiring additional vehicles to carry your items or carting heavy bags through multiple airports and checkpoints.

Our service is great for backpackers and tourists alike, but is also handy for students relocating to or from the country to expand their skills.

Send Luggage to Thailand

Send Luggage to Thailand

You can send your luggage and boxes to Thailand with Send My Bag. Whether you are going on holiday or relocating to Thailand, sending your bags can save you a lot of hassle when it comes to negotiating public transport. It also means that you can have with you many more of your personal belongings than if you brought them with you on board a plane. Send My Bag has many international routes, with a great-value flat rate for each route up to a massive 30 kg. This means that you can bring your favourite clothes, books, DVDs, etc. to quickly help you set up home abroad. To find out more about sending baggage to Thailand, visit our 'How it works' page, or check out our Knowledge Base.

Removals to Thailand

Removals to Thailand

If you are moving to Thailand, whether for business or for pleasure, there will be many possessions that you need to take with you. Although you may have a clear out and manage to bin or donate a few items, there will still be many items that you simply cannot part with, and many that will be essential for your wellbeing when relocating abroad. You will, therefore, need to consider international removals to Thailand. Before you hand your items over to the movers, you should make sure that everything is well packaged and that you are not handing over anything that is too fragile and that could get damaged in transit. Use appropriate containers for your items and seal all packages well. Also, make sure you don’t accidentally pack anything for international removal that you will need in the short term or during your journey.

Student Shipping to Thailand

Student Shipping to Thailand

Thailand has a number of good universities, including Chulalongkorn University, Mahidol University and Chiang Mai University. If you are travelling to Thailand to study you can send your possessions with Send My Bag to help you sent up home in your student accommodation. Check out our student removals page to learn more and to find out how to get student discount.

Sending a Parcel to Thailand

Sending a Parcel to Thailand

Once you have arrived in Thailand, you may find that you have left something behind at home. In this case, you could ask a family member to send a package to Thailand for you. You can also stay in contact with people at home by sending and receiving Christmas or birthday presents. If your loved one has moved abroad to Thailand, you may wish to send them a care package to help them settle in and to remind them of home. This is a great idea for students spending a year abroad in Thailand or for expats who have gone to live in Thailand. Send My Bag can send parcels internationally to Thailand for you. Just make sure your parcel is packaged properly so that everything arrives safe and sound. Have a look at our 'FAQs' to find out what you can send with Send My Bag and how to package your items.

Ways of Shipping to Thailand

Ways of Shipping to Thailand

When travelling or moving to Thailand, you should research the range of options available for shipping to Thailand, as not all options will be practical for you in your particular circumstances. You can choose between a number of different options for international shipping to Thailand. 

Send Golf Clubs to Thailand

Send Golf Clubs to Thailand

You can send golf clubs to Thailand with Send My Bag. This means you can avoid any oversized or overweight baggage fees that airlines might charge. By shipping your golf bag to Thailand, you can enjoy all the fantastic golf courses that Thailand has to offer, such as Black Mountain Golf Club, The Legacy Golf Club and Ayodhya Links. You won't have to borrow golf clubs but can use your own instead, allowing you to properly enjoy each round of golf. Before you send your golf clubs to Thailand, make your find out how best to package your items by visiting our information page on sending golf clubs.

About Thailand

About Thailand

With great food and a tropical climate, Thailand is a magnet for visitors from all over the world and with Send My Bag, shipping to Thailand couldn’t be easier. With a wide range of magnificent landscapes from mountain ranges to sandy beaches and a fascinating culture and history, there is something for everyone in Thailand. 

Major cities popular with tourists include Bangkok, Thailand’s bustling capital, the historic city of Ayutthaya and the gateway to the Golden Triangle at Chiang Rai. Each city offers something different, from mountain trekking to lively nightlife and a chance to experience the diverse culture and history of this magnificent country.

Thailand’s climate is tropical and is hot and humid throughout most of the year, averaging between 28 and 35°C (82-95°F), making it a great destination for sun seekers. The official language of Thailand is Thai and, although English is a mandatory school subject, the number of fluent speakers is very low especially outside of the cities and main tourist areas.

The food alone is a perfect reason to visit Thailand and the wide range of curries, stir fries and fresh fish dishes is truly staggering. Food is relatively cheap and buying food from stalls and sidewalk restaurants is quite safe unlike other Asian countries. Strong flavours dominate much of Thailand’s cuisine, especially spices and fresh herbs. Rice and noodles are staples of Thai food so expect at least one of these with your dishes.

With a wide range of activities to experience in Thailand it is easy to see why it is so popular with tourists. Historical and cultural attractions are high up on many people’s lists, but for those who want to relax, the beaches are among some of the best in the world hence why we see more and more removals to Thailand.

For outdoor lovers, Thailand offers almost any outdoor sport including scuba diving, rock climbing, mountain treks and boat tours, all at very reasonable prices. Golf is also becoming a popular pastime among tourists with many of the newer golf courses designed by top names such as Jack Nicklaus and Nick Faldo.

Popular with adventurous backpackers and sun seekers alike alongside the increase in people moving to Thailand, it offers something for everyone.

Please explore this page further to find out about Send My Bag’s shipping service to Thailand.

Other Ways of Shipping to Thailand

Other Ways of Shipping to Thailand

As well as sending parcels, baggage and luggage to Thailand you could look into the following alternatives for shipping items internationally, especially if you need to send large, bulky items like furniture.

Air Freight to Thailand

It is possible to use air freight to transport items to Thailand. Air freight might travel on passenger planes or on specific air cargo planes. You may choose this option if you have large items to transport, such as a dining table or armchair. You will be charged for this service based on the weight and size of your shipment. Sending items by air freight generally takes one to two days and is faster than sea freight shipping, but usually more expensive. So, if time is of the essence, this option may be for you. You will, however, need to use the services of a customs agent to clear your items through customs for you. You will also need to arrange transport for your items to and from the airport. Therefore, you need to take into account several costs when assessing the viability of this option for you. If you send internationally by air freight to Thailand your items would likely arrive at one of the major airports, such as Bangkok, Chiang-Mai, Hat Mai or Phuket.

Sea Freight and Container Shipping to Thailand

Shipping your possessions to Thailand by sea rather than air freight is an option for sending large items that you don’t need access to immediately. Choosing sea freight can work out cheaper than paying for air freight. Sea freight usually means shipping items in containers. With container shipping your items are transported within a large container (usually the size of a truck) on board a cargo ship. You might choose this option if you have sizeable items to transport internationally, such as a sofa or a bed – items that will help you set up home quickly in Thailand. As with air freight, you will need to use the services of a customs agent to clear your items through customs. You will also need to sort out transport for your items to and from the relevant ports. It is, therefore, easy to see how costs can rapidly mount up when choosing sea freight.

Shipping Goods to Thailand

When shipping goods to Thailand you need to do your research to make sure that you abide by the country’s customs rules. You will need to be aware of any duty that you need to pay and what items are allowed to be shipped to Thailand, which items have restrictions attached, and which are entirely prohibited. You should have a look at the section below on ‘What can I send to Thailand? What items are restricted?’  Take a look at the prohibited items and customs sections on this page for more information.