Thai Version
IMPORTING POSTAL ITEMS  

Because of the special nature of postal traffic, the Customs formalities in respect of items carried by post are somewhat different from those applied to goods carried by other means.  While individual postal items are restricted in size, their numbers are enormous and, to avoid creating unacceptable delays, special administrative arrangements are necessary to deal with them.  These are made possible because in virtually all countries the postal services are furnished by public administrations or authorities, and the two public bodies involved in postal traffic, the post and the Customs, co-operate very closely with one another.

Thai Customs provides a set of clearance procedures to assist individuals with the clearance of postal items. Thai Customs can examine almost any item that comes to Thailand by mail. You may have to pay applicable taxes and duties on items mailed to you. If you owe duties and taxes, it will be indicated on the Notice issued by the Thailand Post which will be sent to you ditectly.

The amount of duties or taxes you may owe on an item depends upon the following:

  • the item’s value in Thai baht; and
  • whether or not the item is a commercial sample.

Categories  of  Postal  Items

Category 1:  Low value postal items : This category comprises postal items having no commercial value and which are exempted from taxes and duties provided that they are subject to the criteria listed below :

  • The value does not exceed 1,000 baht; and
  • The item is a commercial sample of no commercial value.

Any items that are prohibited and restricted are excluded.

The postal items under Category 1 are delivered to the Thailand Post for further distribution to the consignees at the given address.

Category 2 :   Postal items subject to applicable taxes and duties : This category comprises postal items of which FOB value is above 1,000 baht but does not exceed 40,000 baht and which are subjected to taxes and duties.

Any items that are prohibited and restricted are excluded. 

The items under Category 2 are jointly examined by Customs and the Thailand Post. After the applicable taxes and duties are determined, such postal items are sent to the Thailand Post for further distribution to the destined postal office, and subsequently to the consignees.

Applicable taxes and duties of the postal items under this Category are collected by the Thailand Post on behalf of Thai Customs.  In this connection, the Thailand Post will issue and send the consignee a dispatch note known as “Notice on the Collection of International Postal Items”. The consignee then brings such Notice to the Thailand Post office and pay applicable taxes and duties.

Category 3 : Other  postal items :  This category comprises the postal items other than those categorized under Category 1 and Category 2. 

The postal items under Category 3 are brought to the Thailand Post and kept in the warehouse, pending for processing Customs procedures. The Thailand Post then issues a “Notice on the Collection of International Postal Items” to the consignee.  The consignee must contact Customs officers at the Postal and Airport Customs Service Division, the Bangkok Customs Bureau, or a Customs Office as indicated in the Notice. The postal items are released after applicable taxes and duties are paid.

In case where the value of the items exceeds 40,000 baht, the consignee is required to submit an Import Declaration through the e-Customs system.  However, in case where the value of the items does not exceed 40,000 baht, the consignee is not required to submit formal Import Declaration.

DOCUMENTS
The minimum documents required in processing import procedures for the postal items consist of:

  • “ Notice on the Collection of International Postal Items ”
  • An identification card or any cards issued by government agencies of the consignee and bear the name of the consignee

However, in case where the consignee is unable to pick up the postal items by himself/herself, he/she may authorize the other person to act on his/her behalf. The minimum documents required in processing import procedures under this scenario consist of:

  • “Notice on the Collection of International Postal Items ” which is duly signed by the consignee;
  • A copy of an identification card of the consignee which is certified true copy; and
  • An identification card of the authorized person.

In the case where the consignee is a legal person, such as a company, or a firm, the minimum documents required in processing import procedures consist of:

  • “Notice on the Collection of International Postal Items” with the signature of the company’s authorized person and the company’s seal;
  • A copy of an owner’s/manager’s identification card which is certified true copy;
  • An identification card of the authorized person to act on behalf of the legal person;  and
  • A certified copy of company registration.

The authorized person is not allowed to appoint any person to act on his/her behalf.


CONTACT

For further inquiry and information, you may contact the Customs Call Center at Tel. 1164 or the Customs Clinic at Tel. 02-667-7880-4, Fax. 02-667-7885, e-mail: customs_clinic@customs.go.th.  Additional information may also be obtained from Customs ports of entry/exit.  Please consult our telephone directory for a Customs office near you.  The listing can be found under the “CONTACT US” section.
 
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