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Does anybody know what the approx charges there will be to clear customs in Thailand
We are trying to ship our XT,s From South Africa after spending a year travelling through Africa from the UK
I have had no problem in getting a quote to ship the bikes, however none of the shippers can tell me how much it will cost to clear customs in Bangkok
The Bikes are on carnets and are UK registered and will not be a permanant export as we will be travelling on
Any reccomendations of a handling agent in Bangkok?
Thanks in advance, Pete and Brucella
We shipped by air from India to Bangkok in January 2008, and at least back then I was clearly advised NOT to ship anything to Bangkok seaport. Said there could really be a truckload of problems to clear the vehicle there. The new airport was no problem at all.
Can´t be 100% sure, if this is still so, and things do change rapidly in Asia... but if I was sending by ship to that region, I´d go for Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur) or Singapore. The roads are good, only a few days of riding between BKK and Singapore.
Can´t remember exactly, but I don´t think we had to pay more than ~2000 baht, and that includes everything at the Thai end of the transportation. Took about 2,5 hours to get the bike out of the cargo-area.
We did, however have a thai-speaking person with us, plus we got great help from my friend, who lives near Bangkok, and has brought bikes into Thailand for decades, so I think that made it a lot easier for us. Seemed to me like it could be done without any external help, but could be a bit more time-consuming. They spoke very limited English.
They´re not in the carnet-system, so they should give you a temporary import paper of their own, we got 30 days (but Ive read something like this could be only 15 days now...) Anyway, if needed, you should be able to make a visa-run to Cambodia, Laos or Malaysia, and get a new temp import paper for the bike as well. I heard you could keep the bike in Thailand about 6 months until the customs really get nasty with you (but did not try this myself, so cannot confirm).
Compared to India, the Thai bureaucracy was a breeze, the only real problem was the alphabets, that look like worms to us... but most official papers were bilingual.
Just to let you know we shipped our bike from Chennai to Bangkok by sea and had no problems at all at the port, in fact the guys were really kind even if it was a little confusing getting the bike back out. In the end I think we paid approx 5000 Baht to our shippers in Bangkok and then about 340 Baht to the Thai port authority to actually get our bike out.
If you are going to do it make sure you do it in the following order, we missed out paying the Port Authority for releasing the bike which added a couple of hours as we got back there at lunch time!!
1. Visit your shipping agent pay for the shipping and collect all necessary papers.
2. Go to Port Authority building and collect the release papers (I think that is what they are called, you basically have to go to the main building and collect the papers there (not sure what they were, they were in Thai!).
3. Cross the road and find the building where you have to pay for release of your bike, you are basically paying the Port Authority some sort of fee but not sure for what exactly.
4. Go to the shed that has your bike with all the papers and collect the bike, they will usually have something to open the container and when we were there one of the guys even went off to get us some petrol so we could get to the nearest petrol station.
Not sure if that is any help or just making it sound more complicated than it actually is but either way it wasn't that bad, it was our first attempt at getting our bike out of any sort of customs place and we managed it all in one day, just!!
Just to make sure I don't confuse anyone else more than I have to (I sometimes have a habit of doing that!!) the 5000 Baht we paid in Bangkok was in addition to fees we paid to our shipper in Chennai, not sure if all these fees are needed if you fly into Bangkok??
Hi there , we used TSL and the person to speak to is Vivy, great service her email is firstname.lastname@example.org, please say hello from Pete and Brucella for us, she also helped with Our shipping to Brisbane OZ, very good contact.
Hope this helps, Pete and Bruce
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