Market Reports/Tariffs
Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods

Thailand

Import Tariffs
Documentation/Procedures
Restrictions
Standards
Labeling
Market Information

Last updated on 01/28/2013

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact Linda Martinich at the U.S. Department of Commerce- Office of Textiles and Apparel at 202-482-4058 or click here for e-mail access.

**The following information is provided only as a guide and should be confirmed with the proper authorities before embarking on any export activities.**


Import Tariffs - Thailand
In practice, Thai Customs officers use a c.i.f. (cost, insurance and freight) formula for calculating the import duty. Most duties are ad valorem, although more than one-third are specific duties, which is based on unit, volume, or weight. When the tariff lists both an ad valorem and a specific duty rate for an item, the rate yielding the higher revenue applies. A special duty of $10 is then added on to the calculated amount.

Thailand: Ad valorem tariffs on Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
Yarn
-silk
5003-5006
1 - 5
-wool
5105-5110
0 - 5
-cotton
5204-5207
5
-other vegetable fiber
5306-5308
5
-man-made fiber
5401-5406/5501-5511
0 - 5
........................
Woven Fabric
-silk
5007
17.5
-wool
5111-5113
5
-cotton
5208-5212
*
-other vegetable fiber
5309-5311
5
-man-made fiber
5407-5408/5512-5516
*
........................
Knit Fabric
60
5*
........................
Non Woven Fabric
5603
5
........................
Industrial Fabric
59
0 - 30
........................
Apparel
61-62
**10 - 30
........................
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.
63
0 - 30
........................
Carpet

Footwear

Travel Goods
57

64

4202
*

10 - 30

20 - 30

* Some goods may be subject to per unit specific tariff
**Some published tariff schedules may show a rate of 60% for certain apparel imports. However, Thailand is obligated to apply no higher than a 30% tariff on most apparel imported from the United States and other WTO members.

For more detailed tariff information, see the Ministry of Finance Integrated Tariff Database. To view the tariff applicable to imports from the United States and other World Trade Organization (WTO) members, you must choose "WTO" as the preference. Also see the Current Situation of Schedules of Members on the World Trade Organization website.

Additional Import Taxes and Fees--Three indirect taxes are levied on imports: excise tax (3%), interior tax (10% of amount of excise tax), and a VAT (value added tax) (7%). The Customs Department collects fees for customs services, which includes documentation, and charges for attendance at Customs House on holidays or after office hours. The import declaration fee is B 200 per transaction. Certain imported and locally produced items (i.e., carpets and woven fur items) are also subject to excise tax. The excise tax is calculated on c.i.f. value plus import duty, special fees pursuant to the Investment Promotion Act and any other taxes or fees as prescribed by Royal Decree (excluding VAT).

Further information on excise taxes can be obtained from the Excise Department website. See the Thai Customs Department website for a sample of how duty and taxes are calculated.

Temporary Entry/Samples--Thailand uses the ATA Carnet, which facilitates the duty exemption of goods temporarily imported for exhibitions, exposition meetings, training, seminars and international conferences. Imported goods used for free distribution (such as T-shirts, caps, scarves, pens, etc.) or for exchange between attendees of international meetings (related to the development of economy, social and/or technology aspects) are exempt from duty. The goods should have a logo or symbol related to the meeting, and the value of goods should be relatively inexpensive. The entry of temporary imported goods and exhibit materials can be handled by freight forwarding companies for customs clearance and other required procedures. For further information, see the Customs Procedures page on the Thai Customs Department website.

ATA Carnet--An ATA Carnet or "Merchandise Passport" is a document that facilitates the temporary importation of products into foreign countries by eliminating tariffs and other import taxes or charges normally required at the time of importation. For more information or to apply for an ATA Carnet, see the United States Council for International Business website.

If your product is primarily made in the U.S. of U.S. originating components it may qualify for duty-free entry into countries with which the U.S. has a free trade agreement (FTA). The U.S. currently has FTAs with the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore and South Korea. See the FTA Tariff Tool, to determine the duty-free status or reduced duties that apply to products eligible under these free trade agreements.

Additional resources for tariff information:

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Import Documentation/Procedures (Thailand)


Import License Requirements--Import licenses are required for the import of many raw materials, petroleum, industrial materials, textiles, pharmaceuticals, certain consumer products, and agricultural items. An automatic import licensing system currently applies to unfinished apparel items and parts or components except collars, cuffs, waistbands, pockets, and cuffs for trousers).

Imports of some items not requiring licenses nevertheless must comply with applicable regulations of concerned agencies, including, in some cases, extra fees and certificate of origin requirements.

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
The Customs Department of the Kingdom of Thailand

For information on common export documents, such as transportation documents, export compliance documents, certificates of origin, certificates for shipments of specific goods, temporary shipment documents, and other export-related documents, see the Export.gov webpage on Common Export Documents.

For country-specific information on import procedures and documentation requirements, see the
Country Commercial Guides (CCG) on the export.gov website.

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Import Restrictions (Thailand)

Products subject to non-automatic licensing and import prohibition might include raw silk (HS 5002), silk yarn (HS 5004), jute (HS 5303.10, 5303.90, 5305.91, 5305.99), certain apparel items (HS 61.01 to 61.14 61.17.90, 62.01-62.11, 62.17.90) and sacks and bags of jute or other textile (HS 6305.10, 6305.90). Importation of sacks and bags of jute or other textile is not generally allowed.

An importer must apply for a non-automatic license from the Department of Foreign Trade (DFT) before the customs clearance. The complete application form and the required documents will be approved by the Director General of the DFT or the Minister of Commerce within 1 - 20 working days.

U.S. Export Restrictions:

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the U.S. Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, and international narcotics traffickers and their agents in accordance with U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. The OFAC website includes summaries of sanctions programs for various countries and the “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons” (SDNs) list of entities and individuals with whom U.S. persons may not conduct business and whose property must be blocked if under the control of a U.S. person.

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the U.S. Department of Commerce is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which regulate the export and re-export of most commercial items. BIS maintains the Denied Persons List, which consists of individuals, and companies that have been denied export and re-export privileges by BIS, and the Entity List, which consists of foreign end users who pose an unacceptable risk of diverting U.S. exports and the technology they contain to alternate destinations for the development of weapons of mass destruction

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Standards - Thailand
No specific information is available.

Local standards organization and other resources:
Thai Industrial Standards Institute - TISI

The National Center for Standards and Certification Information (NCSCI) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce provides information on U.S. and foreign standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures for non-agricultural products. NCSCI staff responds to requests for information by identifying relevant standards and regulations, and by referral to the appropriate standards-developers or private-sector organizations. Under copyright restrictions, NCSCI cannot provide copies of standards, but NCSCI does provide sources for accessing standards.


Notify U.S. - Member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to report to the WTO all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade with other Member countries. Notify U.S. is a free, web-based e-mail subscription service that offers U.S. companies an opportunity to review and comment on proposed foreign technical regulations that may affect their access to international markets.

Additional resources:

Examples of voluntary formaldehyde labeling programs

American Apparel and Footwear Association's Restricted Substances List

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

ASTM International

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)


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Labeling - Thailand

Labeling of composition, origin, size, and care all mandatory in Thailand. Labeling must be in Thai or English (translated into Thai).


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Market Information - Thailand


No specific information is available.




U.S. companies may contact the U.S. Commercial Service for information and personalized counseling at every step of the exporting process. Find a U.S. Export Assistance Centers near you.

For information on protecting trademarks, designs, patents and copyrights, see the STOPFAKES.GOV website. STOPFAKES.GOV is dedicated to helping U.S. companies protect their innovations and safely market their products at home and overseas. Find guidance and resources on how to register your company's intellectual property and protect it from counterfeiting and piracy. Also find IPR toolkits for select countries, as well as other country-specific information.

For information on selling to foreign governments, see the Global Procurement Opportunities website.

Other sources for market information and data:

OTEXA Export Market Report (U.S. export data for textiles, apparel, footwear and travel goods)

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service

U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions

U.S. Office of the Trade Representative

Local Industry and Trade Associations

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