The Thai Government controls the importation and exportation of goods in Thailand. The controls take the form of either:
– An absolute prohibition, which means that you are not allowed to import the goods in all circumstances; or
– A restriction, you must have a permission to import the goods.
Prohibited and Restricted Goods in Thailand:
The following information broadly describe what goods is prohibited or restricted in Thailand. where you can get more information and, in the case of restricted goods, to request permission to import.
1. Prohibited goods
This field details which import or export into or out of Thailand is prohibited. Anyone who imports or exports prohibited goods is considered to have committed offenses and subject to penalties described in the Thai law. Moreover, such activity is also considered as an offense under sections 27 and 27a of B. E. Customs Act 2469. It is against the law to bring the following items in Thailand.
• Obscene items / literature / images
• pornographic materials
• Goods with the Thai national flag
• Narcotics eg, marijuana, hemp, opium, cocaine, morphine, heroin
• False currency, bonds or coins
• Royal Fake Seals / official seals
• IPR infringing goods such musical tape, CD, VDO, software, etc.
• counterfeit trademark goods
2. The limited goods
This field details which imports and exports are restricted by law and therefore requires authorization from government agencies. Any person who imports or exports goods called “restricted” without having swallowed a public body is considered to have committed offenses and subject to penalties outlined in national legislation. Moreover, such activity is also subject to the offense under sections 27 and 27a of B. E. 2469 Customs Act.
The Ministry of Commerce designates several classes of goods that are subject to requirement such as specific authorization and/or import license. Although, this control is liberalized, at present more than 50 categories of goods require import licenses from the Ministry of Commerce. These categories are often modified by notifications from the Ministry of Commerce. An import license must be obtained from the Ministry of Commerce before importing. This license must be accompanied by order, confirmation, invoice from a seller, and other relevant documents.
In addition, a number of products are also subject to import under the control other relevant organization :
• The import of drugs, foods and dietary supplements require prior approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the Ministry of Health.
• The import or export of antiques or art objects, whether registered or not, requires the authorization of the Department of Fine Arts.
• Imports of arms and ammunition, explosives, fireworks and real/replicas guns require an appropriate license from the Interior Ministry. Other weapons such as electric shock devices must also be declared. Some of these items may require a permit before importing.
• Regarding the Cosmetic, any importer of controlled cosmetics must provide the name and location of the representative office and the place of manufacture or storage of cosmetics, category or the type of cosmetics to import, and the main components of cosmetics.
The importation of wildlife, plants, fish and other aquatic animals requires permission from the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, the Ministry of Agriculture or the Ministry of Fisheries.
Thai Customs are responsible for stopping the import and export of prohibited goods. In addition, they are also referred to intercept the import and export of regulated goods, to ensure that all laws and regulations are followed correctly. The complete list of prohibited and restricted goods, as well as information on control and, in the case of controlled goods, import authorization can be obtained from the Department of Foreign Trade: the Ministry of Commerce.