There are two ways a vehicle imported to Thailand can be classified:
New vehicles of all types: Vehicles that have not been registered abroad are allowed to be imported without you having to apply for an import permit from the Ministry of Commerce. However, for the vehicles with the weight less than 3500 Kgs., you need to obtain an import permit from the Industrial Standard Institute.
Used/second-hand vehicles: you need to obtain an import permit from the Foreign Trade Department of the Ministry of Commerce BEFORE THE ARRIVAL OF YOUR VEHICLE. If this condition is not met, there is a fine equal to 10% of the price of the car, but not less than 1,000 Baht (£19) and no more than 20,000 (£380).
When can you permanently import a used/second-hand vehicle?
- An importer is eligible to import only ONE used/second-hand vehicle for PERSONAL USE.
- When you are not a resident, you are required to stay in Thailand for at least ONE year and present a non-immigrant visa issued by the Immigration Bureau and the National Police Office. In addition, you need a work permit issued by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare at the time of importation.
- When you are a Thai resident marrying a foreigner, your spouse is required to present documentary evidence of marriage and proof of changing residence to Thailand. You are also required to own and possess the imported vehicle for at least one year and a half while you’re staying abroad, from the date you own the vehicle to the date of arrival to Thailand.
- When you are a Thai resident, you are allowed to import a vehicle only when such vehicle has accompanied you on the change of residence. You have to have owned and possessed the imported vehicle and relative driving license for at least one year and a half while staying abroad.
A temporary import of personal vehicles (e.g. a motor vehicle, motorcycle, yacht, sports boat, fishing vessel, etc.) for a short visit to Thailand shall be granted tax/duty relief, provided that vehicles are to be re-exported preferably within 1-2 months but not exceeding six months. Any person intending to temporarily import personal vehicles has to closely observe the following Customs regulations and conditions:
- You need to provide the relevant documentation (please see a complete list below)
- Respect the clearance procedures for a temporary import
- Provide a deposit of guarantee
- Respect the time limit as set out in the security paper
Documents required to import your vehicle to Thailand:
- An Import Goods Declaration and 3 duplicates;
- A Bill of Lading or Air Waybill;
- Proof of vehicle purchase (if any);
- A Release Order (Kor Sor Kor 100/1);
- An insurance premium invoice;
- Other relevant documents (if any) e.g. a power of attorney.
Additional Documentation for the used/second-hand personal vehicles:
- A House Certificate and an Identification Card;
- A passport in case of changing residence;
- A Vehicle Registration Certificate indicating that the imported vehicle was used abroad;
- An import permit from the Foreign Trade Department of the Ministry of Commerce
Import Clearance Procedures
- An importer/agent submits an Import Goods Declaration together with all supporting documents to the Customs office/house at the port of entry;
- Customs verifies the documents, allocates a Goods Declaration number and calculates liable taxes and duties;
- An importer/agent pays liable taxes and duties at a Cashier Office;
- An importer/agent presents the receipt issued by the Cashier Office to a Customs Inspection Office to bring the imported vehicles from Customs custody.
Tax and Duty Assessment
The Customs value of the imported vehicles is determined on the basis of the CIF value (Cost & Insurance & Freight). To find out how much you would have to pay please visit the Thailand Customs Department website.