Thailand import paperwork
I've looked on the Thai customs website, and the list of minimum papers required for temp. import is long. Many of which I don't know what they are. Can anyone shed any light on what these are?:
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1]A Special Goods Declaration and 5 duplicates (where do I get this? The shipping agent..?)
A Vehicle Registration Certificate. (OK)
An Identification card and passport of the master of the vehicle, including an international driving license. (OK)
A Letter of Attorney, in case where the master of the vehicle does not own the vehicle. (N/A)
An application form for the temporary import of personal vehicles. (A customs form I presume... the one available from GT Rider website?)
Evidence of purchase e.g. a proforma invoice, invoice, etc. (really...?? - should I bother fabricating such a document...?)
A Certificate of Legal Entity.(A what?)
A Re-Export Contract; and.(A what?)
Other relevant documents (if any).
I also was unable to find a description from anyone of the UP-TO-DATE process to follow in order to clear the bike at BKK airport. Any links?
I think you can forget about all this legalese. You hand over your shipping documents and rego and they do the rest, from what I have read. Make sure you get the original bill of lading from the freight co.
Took my bike to Thailand via BKK airport last January. No big problems at customs (I was accompanied by a thai-speaking person, which of course did help a lot!) and took us about 2-3 hours to get the bike out of there. There´s a free shuttle bus going from the main passenger terminal to the cargo area (the airport is BIG!)
The important paper will be the T2 temporary import paper (not sure if I remember its name 100% correct), where it is stated, in Thai and in English, that if you fail to re-export the vehicle within 30 days, you face paying in taxes and duties a ridiculous amount of baht (our bike was worth maybe 7000 euros, and this sum equalled some 24.000 euros!)
I hear you are able to work your way around this, or at least some people do so, and then they are able to keep it in Thailand for about 6 months or so. Or you can visit a neighbouring country, and get new 30 days. We stayed only a couple of weeks, so for us it was never an issue.
With the temp import you have two choices, if you want to stay 2-6 months:
1 - Visit any customs office with this paper and your passport just before it expires and you will get a free 30 day extension, but only if your entry stamp is valid that long. Takes about 30 - 45 mins each time.
2 - Don't bother and pay a 2000B (40 Euro) fine upon leaving.
I choose 1, because the customs office is only 4km down the road and I have to go there for my border runs anyway.
Don't keep the bike longer than 6 months in Thailand or you risk having it confiscated and having to pay a big fine. (or a small fine without receipt, depends... :blushing:)
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