Import and Export in Thailand

Updated on Monday 05th March 2018

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Thailand is listed among the top twenty largest exporters in the world and has a positive trade balance, with the total value of exports surpassing that of the imports. Import and export in Thailand are regulated and companies in this business field need to comply with the applicable requirements, licensing and control.

Our team of Thailand company formation agents can give you complete information if you want to run a business involved in different import/export activities.

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Import and export items in Thailand

Thailand exports a wide range of goods, including textiles, footwear, foodstuffs (primarily fish, seafood, and rice), jewelry, computers and computer parts and petroleum. The country also has a developed automotive industry, making it an exporter of cars and car parts. 

Thailand imports crude petroleum, integrated circuits, gold, raw materials and consumer goods. Investors who want to open a company in Thailand that engages in any type of import/export activity need to comply with the local rules and regulations set forth by the Customs department. Import and export licenses are required for many types of products, including raw materials, petroleum, agricultural products or pharmaceuticals. 

Special licenses are required for selected categories of products and they are obtained from the relevant authorities. Examples include licenses from the Ministry of Public Health for pharmaceutical products, licenses from the Ministry of Industry for tungsten oxide or metallic tin and even licenses from the Ministry of Education for art pieces.

One of our Thai company formation agents can give you detailed information about the import and export documentation and the requirements for foreign importers.

Top import and export destinations

Thailand exports its goods to the surrounding Asian countries, however, one of its top export partners is the United States. Other include China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Malaysia. Top import partners include China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and the United States.

Import and export companies in Thailand need to observe the general rules for company formation, including opening a bank account and registering for tax and VAT purposes.

Contact us for complete services related to company registration in Thailand.


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