Shipping from Thailand to UK

Shipping goods between Thailand and United Kingdom

SIAM Shipping offers you a complete range of services for your shipments from Thailand to the UK. We have been handling shipments from both countries over the past decade. Our strong experience and expertise allow us to better match your needs. SIAM Shipping can take care of your products from door to door at the best rates.

We ensure a regular traffic to the United Kingdom for any type of volume, from the smallest luggage to the Full Container Load, to any place. Whether your need us to ship by air or by sea freight, SIAM Shipping provides high quality service suited to your needs.

As an experienced freight forwarder, we can even take care of any specific cargo you may want to import into the Kingdom.

Obviously, SIAM Shipping is able to provide the whole related range of services:

  • Storage of your goods prior departure and upon arrival
  • Delivery to your doorstep, or warehouse at destination
  • Excellent packing service, matching international shipping requirements
  • Insurance
  • Safety and security
  • And much more…

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Our customs broker inform you

Customs clearance in United Kingdom


Remark SIAM: It is the first thing you need to think about when you’re planning an International freight.

*Every single shipment you want to import into the Kingdom has to go through customs for further controls.

Your responsibilities

You may have to pay VAT, potential customs duty or excise duty to get your shipment cleared.

It should also be noted that:

  • You pay an excise tax on any alcohol or tobacco sent to the EU
  • Goods must be declared properly to ensure a smooth customs clearance

It is important to be in full compliance with the latest regulation, otherwise the risk is that your shipment will end up being seized by the authorities.

Info SIAM: In any case, your dedicated SIAM Expert is always present to make sure the proper documentation will be provided.

More information on the official website here: UK  authorities

GST and Customs Duty

The standard rate of VAT is now at 20%, since 4 January 2011.

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*Some things are not subject to VAT, eg postage stamps, financial and property transactions.

Here is the composition of an HS Code, you can now see what an HS code is and what does it mean.

hs code composition

You can also search for the taxes on the official website of the UK customs. If you know the HS code of your goods, write it in the searching bar. If you don’t know the HS code, type key words to designate your goods in the “Description” bar. For example, if you’re searching for the taxes that applies on a milking machine, fulfil the “lookup import tax” like this.

To find further information about duties and taxes in United Kingdom according to your HS code, please check the official website: Customs in United Kingdom

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Paying duty on imports from Thailand

You usually have to pay duty on products brought from non-EU countries when they’re first imported into the EU.

The amount to be paid varies according to the classification, determined by the UK Trade Tariff and depending on their final use. No shipment can be released without the payment of all duty payable and UK vat.

You might be subject to an exemption of duty charges and VAT refund for specific import processes from Thailand, for example if you need to import for a specific amount of time some products before moving them to another country.

Specific case : The gift

*When you exceed the maximum value not subject to customs duty, you are subject to this tax.

Let’s take the following examples. You want to ship some gifts from Thailand to the UK for your family/friends, you have to consider the following duty rates:

tariff tax gift to united kingdom

Customs contact in Thailand

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Official name: Thai Customs Department

Official Website: Thai Customs Website

Customs contact in United Kingdom


Official name: HM Customs and Excise

Official Website: UK Customs Website

Customs process

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Our customs broker inform you

Prohibited & restricted items

Remark SIAM: If you have one of the following item, you should check directly with our SIAM Experts. Some of those items are restricted or even totally prohibited, it is important to anticipate such shipment to avoid any problem.

Drug contraband

prohibited drug


prohibited ivory


prohibited poison


prohibited explosives


prohibited batteries


prohibited pornography


prohibited biohazard


prohibited flammable items


prohibited knife


prohibited chemicals


prohibited firearms


prohibited cigarettes


prohibited corrosive items


prohibited prescription drugs


prohibited gambling


prohibited counterfeit

Counterfeit notes

prohibited notes counterfeit


prohibited hazardous items

SIAM Shipping - Dedicated freight forwarder in Thailand

Due to our attractive pricing & dedication, many customers trust our services and we thanks them. Stop to overpay the services and save money with our tailored package matching will all type of shipment, from small volume to full container, let us find the best and cost-effective option.


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Ocean freight will be the best deal for you if:

  • Your items can’t be shipped by Air
  • Your goods are bigger than 2 CBM
  • You are not compelled by time.

Remark SIAM: Considering the 3 major parameters that are time of transit, security and price, this is the most effective freight solution.

Main ports

Port of London

The Port of London is amongst the largest ports in the world, and the UK’s second largest one, after the Port of Felixstowe.

This port can handle all types of cargo, cruisers, roll-on roll-off ships, etc. This is a key logistic hub, to which we ship most of our shipments to the UK.

Port of Southampton

The Port of Southampton is a deep-sea terminal, the second largest in Britain. It is mainly appreciated for its updated connection to the city. In fact, the port is directly served by a renovated railway line, able to handle large loading gauge, and thus taller containers.

Port of Felixtowe

The Port of Felixstowe is the busiest container port in the UK, accounting for 42% of containerized trade. It is Europe’s sixth busiest port. In this way, SIAM Shipping is aware that ensuring a strong presence and regular traffic to this port is essential to your business activities.

Remark SIAM: We do not only ship to these 3 main ports. In fact, in order to better serve your needs and expectations, we always make sure to come up with the best shipping route, optimizing time and expenses!

*This is why we also ship to Dover, Immingham, and much more!

Transit times

BangkokLondon31-33 days
BangkokSouthampton31-33 days
BangkokFelixtowe34-36 days
BangkokDover32-34 days
BangkokImmingham35-37 days

*Please note that those transit times are just indicative timing between Thailand and Vietnam

Sea freight rates

Sea Freight is the best option for you if time is not your main concern. If you are mainly wanting to save money over time, ocean freight is recommended.

In fact, sea freight comes with two main benefits: you can ship high volumes, at the best price. This can be particularly interesting for regular traffic with high volumes between both countries.

As mentioned above, SIAM Shipping can offer every kind of service for every single type of volume! Our main goal is to adapt our offer to your needs and requirements.

SIAM Advice: To have precise rates and transit times for your Sea freight from Thailand to United Kingdom, don’t hesitate to contact our SIAM ExpertsThe total cost of your shipment will vary according on the services you require from us! We decided to quote every single request individually to remain as close as possible to your wants and expectations!


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Air freight will be the most efficient solution if:

  • Your goods do not exceed 2 CBM and 200 kg
  • You’re in a hurry to receive/send the goods



Remark SIAM: This way can be used as your principal transfer method, or only on punctual times.

Main airports

Heathrow Airport (London)

Heathrow is ranked amongst the busiest airports in Europe (4th). This is the Britain’s busiest cargo terminal.

All major Cargo Airlines are based in this airport such as DHL Aviation, Qatar Airways, Emirates SkyCargo, etc.

In this way, this enables SIAM Shipping to benefit from an amazing flexibility once the shipment is arrived in the UK, thanks to the multitude of on-site forwarders.

Gatwick Airport (London)

Gatwick Airport is another key logistic hub, located in the South-East part of England, approximately 50kms from Central London.

This is the second-busiest airport of the country, and the eighth-busiest in Europe.

Depending on where you need to be delivered in London, and also on the type of flight you need, we can ship whether to Heathrow or Gatwick.

Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport hosts a World Freight Terminal, handling cargo freight services, and cargo shipped on passenger aircrafts, making it a major place for importations to the UK.

More than 100 freight forwarding companies are based in this airport.

At SIAM Shipping, we can ensure door-to-door services, providing deliveries to any location within the Kingdom, thanks to our strong network at destination.

Whether you need your goods to be delivered in Bristol, Liverpool, London, Leicester, or anywhere else, we have a solution for you!

*Just contact your SIAM Expert now to figure out the best logistic solution.

Info SIAM: You want further information about air freight service to UK? Contact our SIAM experts, they are every time at your disposal if you have any questions ! Fill our online form in 1 min, one of our experts will contact you within 48H !

Transit times

BangkokHeathrow2-4 days
BangkokGatwick2-4 days
BangkokManchester2-4 days
BangkokBristol2-4 days
BangkokLiverpool2-4 days

Remark SIAM: Transit time are hard to estimate as it mainly depends of the budget: a direct flight available within a day is possible, but will probably be more expensive. In average, you can expect 2/3 days (export process included) 

In fact, air freight transit times vary according to various factors:

  • Different budget, different transit times

At SIAM Shipping, our main concern is to adapt our offer to your expectations and budget. Thus, whether you need an urgent shipment on the next available flight, express shipping, or a standard air freight service, we have a tailored solution for you.

However, as you can guess, the transit time will be shorter if we book an urgent shipment, as compared to a regular air freight service, requiring 2 or 3 days more usually.

SIAM Advice: Contact us now, we’ll figure out together the most-suited option for your shipment!

  • Transit times are not only made up of flight duration

When forecasting transit times, flight duration is not the only factor we have to take into consideration.

All other logistic steps have to be considered:

  • Packing
  • Customs clearance
  • Delivery

*Contact us now. Our experienced staff will put their experience and expertise at your disposal to forecast transit times.

Air freight rates

*Air freight is all about quick deliveries and efficiency. Obviously, this comes with a greater cost than ocean shipping.

As every shipment is different, it is not useful to provide you with approximate shipping costs, as it depends on the type of cargo you want to ship, the volume, the weight, the destination, etc.

We thought it would be more useful to help you understand how professionals like SIAM Shipping calculate shipping rates.

The rule every company will use is to multiply the volume of your shipment in CBM by 167. For example, if you need to ship the following parcel: W: 120cm, H: 67, L:46, the total volume is 0.37m3 (rounded). If you multiply it by 167, the volumetric weight of your air shipment is 61.76kgs.

Now you have two options:

  • The real weight of your parcel is greater than the volumetric weight
  • The volumetric weight is greater than the real weight of your parcel

We always take into consideration the greater weight when calculating rates. In this case, if your parcel weighs at 50kgs, we’ll be using the volumetric weight of 61.76kgs when quoting you.

Despite this, the weight is not the only factor affecting the quotation.

Naturally, the price will also depend on the service you require. A door-to-door service will obviously be more expensive than a door-to-airport.

SIAM Plus: This is why SIAM Shipping decided to quote individually every single shipment, on a case-by-case method! This allows us to ensure transparency and respect of your budget.

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volumetric weight air cargo

Why choose us ?

Our advantages

SIAM Shipping, we understand perfectly the needs of our customers and establish a win-win collaboration with them.

“respect is earned. honesty is appreciated. trust is gained. loyalty is returned.”


Make a request and you will be contacted within 24 hours maximum

Dedicated customs service

Do not hesitate to contact us for customs or administratives information

Tailored service

Small or big shipment, we can manage every request


We guarantee very competitive price, ask us and compare !

Multilingual team

We speak English, French and Thaï to avoid any communication issues


We ensure and secure all our shipments, safety is our priority !

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