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Shipping to Thailand v cost and hassle with import duties, is it worth it?

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Hi all,

 

I have just joined, been contacting removal companies and shipping companies and already I am worried about the costs v selling as much as I can and just buying new in Thailand.

 

I would love to hear your experiences, I have read a couple of the threads and some seem to be just winging it and hoping they don't get caught out, that's fine I guess but I will have a lot of electrical items which I understand they tax high as regarded as luxury items. I have had a quote of around £750 for about 20 boxes although I might be able to get this down when I do it for real if it comes to that.

 

I am mostly worried about the taxes as if it starts going over 1k its not worth it, most of it is Hi-Fi electricals, computers and tools. When I go next I will take as many of the smaller electricals in my suitcase but as I say really not sure what to do?

 

Many thanks all.

 

Tony

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Find out the taxes you will have to pay for your items and calculate if it is worth it. Also take the shipping into account. I am afraid there is no other way. 

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There are guidance notes for this pinned at the top of the forum.

 

How much do you think you are going to buy out here for 28k baht ???? Not much.! 

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Electro stuff is mostly import duty free, check the tax codes for your items.

 

There may be VAT on it, but as it's used they will most likely not bother you.

Getting an extra 30kg luggage slot on your next flight and stuff it full might be the better alternative, but go through the red exit and tell them you brought used household stuff imo. too risky to go through green, would at least ask them if you have to pay taxes

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5 minutes ago, Jeffrey346 said:

From what I remember, If you are relocating to Thailand, you have a one time opportunity to  ship all your personal items, furniture etc tax and duty free.

Whether it's worth doing is a personal decision.

When we moved here we shipped a container in my wife's name . She is Thai and did not need to pay any import taxes as she declared all her personal belongings and that she was moving back to Thailand . But we did need to pay a fee for that customs did not open and inspect the container !

After all , everything fine ... but if the container would have been shipped in my name it would have involved considerable tax payments , I think ...

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1 hour ago, nobodysfriend said:

When we moved here we shipped a container in my wife's name . She is Thai and did not need to pay any import taxes as she declared all her personal belongings and that she was moving back to Thailand . But we did need to pay a fee for that customs did not open and inspect the container !

After all , everything fine ... but if the container would have been shipped in my name it would have involved considerable tax payments , I think ...

We did the same ,but paid no tax whatsoever , worked a treat ,the company even delivered to our house in Pattaya .

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Maybe I have just been plain lucky, but I did not pay any taxes on moving my stuff to Thailand end 2017.

It took 3 months from collecting to delivery but the costs were very very reasonable.

I paid 1650 Euro for sending 5 cubic meter (which is a lot - 75 items of which 50 boxes) including door-to-door collecting-delivering.

The forwarding company collected my stuff at my home in Antwerp, Belgium end of september, and even helped dismantling and securily packing the fragile stuff.

They stored it in their warehouse in Rotterdam, waiting to get a full container and a boat to ship it over.

If I recall well the boat left end of October and arrived end of November in Singapore.  The container was then shipped to the Thai harbour, were it stayed in a warehouse for a couple of days.  I was regularly updated on the wherabouts.

End of december, a truck with all my stuff arrived at our home in KhunHan (which is approx 650 km from Bangkok).

Not one item was missing or damaged (including my flatscreen TV, and pictures in glass frames).

I would recommend the dutch firm which managed this to anybody.  You can PM me if you need their address or additional info.

 

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Don't use seven seas to send stuff from the UK is the only advice I can give

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Do not use Pearson!

 

Other than that I moved to Thailand with my Thai wife so put the entire shipment in her name. No tax to pay as a "returning citizen".

 

You mention HiFi,  if it is a special system of high quality separates it's worth bringing as Thailand is a wasteland for good audio gear, unless you're a Naimee which is covered in Bangkok.

Other than that only goods of high financial or sentimental value, flog the rest.

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On 9/8/2019 at 4:27 AM, Tony and Chanpen Bua Yai said:

I have just joined, been contacting removal companies and shipping companies and already I am worried about the costs v selling as much as I can and just buying new in Thailand.

 

I would love to hear your experiences...

When I was moving, the saying was that if I should ship personal household I should ship a container – i.e. often 20 feet is enough – rather than boxes, as the latter would be more expensive and difficult. And when shipping a container I should make a "total loss" insurance only, as anything would be costly, and still complicated in obtaining any compensation.

 

If you have no personal stuff of sentimental value – or heavy collections of something like books and recordings or... – seriously consider to get rid of your stuff from back home, and buy new in Thailand.

 

You are allowed one air-shipment, and one surface-shipment, of personal household when moving. If your important personal stuff cannot be part of travel luggage – I had the opportunity to commute a number of times during the process of selling off back home, and establish myself here –  then use the one air-shipment, i.e. a box, for that.

 

Furniture and electronics can be bought at reasonable prices – including warranty – even nice wooden and leather furniture are available for not that much more than cheaper vinyl stuff.

 

If shipping household a detailed packing list with values is important, and number cartoon, or clear description of non-boxed items. Electronics have to be used, and only one items of each kind; serial numbers must be included in the packing list. In general only one items of a kind, however kitchenware and like comes in sets (i.e. often 12 pieces of each).

 

I shipped a 20 feet container by sea, as I had some book collection and music collection I wished to keep, and furthermore musical instruments including an acoustic spinet, and a Hammond organ with Leslie-speaker – too heavy for other mean of transportation – so I included a few other items in the container. But I didn't bring any stuff I easily could replace locally with new, so the container was far from full. Including customs clearance with some little duty and v.a.t. – and a small customs overtime fee for not checking too much, which mean a corner of one carton box opened – it costed me in 2008 equivalent to $8,000 from Europe to Bangkok, and the container moved south to an island, including staff for unloading, and return of the empty container.

 

$8,000 – plus/minus – is equivalent to 250,000 baht, which after all can buy you something, depending of how big your new home is, and what kind of stuff you want.

 

I'm happy I bought new household, instead of bringing old stuff – apart from some items of sentimental value...🙂

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