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Law on import duty clarified after backlash

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Law on import duty clarified after backlash

By THE NATION

 

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The Customs Department defended itself on Tuesday in the wake of a social media storm over travellers’ claims they had been unfairly charged import duty at Thai airports.

 

Many people complained about being charged for items they were bringing into the country.

 

There was another angry reaction after a news report suggested that scanners would be installed at Suvarnabhumi Airport’s luggage belts by the end of the year to screen for goods being brought in for commercial purposes.

 

One woman said she had been forced to pay Bt6,000 tax for soap worth just Bt1,500.

 

The Customs department said on Tuesday that air passengers could bring in items for their own personal use and worth no more than Bt20,000. If, however, the items were either worth more than Bt20,000 or being brought in for commercial purposes, they would be subject to import tariffs.

 

Personal use also means just one of the items in question, so if a passenger brings in several of the same item they would be subject to tax, even if they are intended for friends or family, said the Department.

 

Handbags are subject to 20 per cent tariffs, watches 5 per cent, belts 30 per cent and cosmetics products 30 per cent. 

 

They are also subject to value added tax of 7 per cent. 

 

Thai travellers often bring home brand-name products, such as handbags, watches and cosmetics for their friends and relatives, largely due to lower prices overseas.

 

If anyone thinks customs officials have treated them unfairly, they can complain by phoning 1332 or messaging on the Line application, line ID: @customshearing. 

 

Or they could complain to anti-corruption commission and Office, according to the statement issued by the department on Tuesday.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/business/30373067

 

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-- © Copyright The Nation Thailand  2019-07-16

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7 hours ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

Now why would prices for such consumer goods be even higher in Thailand, which has a relatively low income base, compared to countries like the U.S. or in Europe where incomes and standards of living are considerably higher on average???

 

Could it perhaps have something to do with the lack of meaningful competition in the retail sector along with a few large Thai comglomerates owning most of the merchandising franchises/rights for various international brands?

Thai can order brandname products taxfree from king power...when they fly they can pick it up in the taxfree zone.

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