Whether visiting Thailand
for a short or long period or moving here
permanently you may be more comfortable with
your own “stuff”. We found a good shipper and
loaded all our earthly belongings into a 40’
shipping container. Our belongings included all
our furniture, clothes, books, pictures, some
foods we can’t get in Thailand, kitchen
utensils, and tools. Almost everything was used
and we had a comprehensive list of everything
and the contents of every box. We did the
packing and our shipper picked the container up
at our front door in Seattle and 6 weeks later
delivered it to our front door in Chiang Mai.
The shipping price was less
than it would have cost us to buy new living room
furniture here and everything went smoothly. Since
my wife is a returning Thai citizen and had been
away for more than one year everything came in duty
Make sure you work with an
experienced shipping firm and also get a good
shipping agent in Bangkok who will walk your stuff
through customs, pay any duties required, and truck
it to you wherever you live in country.
Some people will be able to
ship most of their household goods duty free.
Returning Thais and people holding Thai work permits
have exemptions. If
you are on a work permit, you have 6 months after
starting a job to import your stuff.
There is no duty free
entitlement for retirement visa holders however.
Very high duties are charged for motor vehicles for
everyone. Some may have to pay heavy customs duties
on everything they ship, especially for anything
electronic and new. Interestingly enough it is
fairly easy to being your pets into Thailand. Do
your homework before shipping here.
Check the sites below for some
of the many, and often changing, customs
Customs Department website
General customs regulations when visiting Thailand
Quick look at customs regulations for travelers
Import restrictions and exemptions
Importing household goods
Bringing your pet here
You can also go to
www.thaivisa.com and do a search on
“customs”, etc. and see what the latest
discussions on this topic are talking about.