Khon Kaen is one of the four largest cities of Isan in Thailand amongst Udon Thani, Khorat, and Ubon Ratchathani. It’s also the acting capital of the Khon Kaen Province as well as the district.
If you don’t have the relevant experience, knowledge, and documents, importing a car into the country might be quite intimidating. The first thing you’d need to do is to determine if you are importing it on a permanent or temporarily basis. If you intend to be there for less than 6 months than the temporary import might be a good idea. A longer stay would require permanent import procedures.
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The first thing to know is that there are no imposed duties, taxes or fees for this type of import. However, you’d be required to make a cash deposit or a bank guarantee which is going to secure the total amount in the event in which you overstay and don’t re-export your vehicle. If you re-export it within the 6 months the money will be fully refunded.
- Declaration for special goods with 5 copies.
- Registration of Vehicle.
- International driver’s license and passport.
- Application for temporary import.
- Commercial Invoice.
- A contract for re-export.
- First you have to submit the documents.
- The customs checks them off and assigns you a declaration number and calculates the fees which are due.
- The importer makes the cash deposit or the bank guarantee.
- The importer presents the cash deposit receipts to the Thai Customs.
- Customs inspects the car and the belongings and gives back one copy of the Declaration for Special Goods to the importer.
There are quite a lot of differences between the permanent and the temporary import. You’d need to have an Import Permit if you are to import your car on a permanent basis and it’s issued by the Foreign Trade Department of the Ministry of Commerce.
- Declaration for special goods with 3 copies.
- Bill of Lading.
- Commercial Invoice.
- Order of Release.
- Insurance Invoice.
- ID Card and House Certificate.
- Registration of vehicle.
- Import Permit.
- Submission of documentation to the customs.
- Customs checks off documents assign a number and calculate the taxes.
- Importer pays taxes.
- Importer presents payment receipt to the customs.
Due to the fact that there is really quite a lot to be handled, it’s advisable to contract a reputable auto transport services which would be of great aid in this complicated process of shipping a car to Thailand.
You can use RO/RO and Container Shipping for the entire procedure. The first method is the cheapest and the fastest but you won’t be allowed to transport any other personal belongings with your car. While container shipment would allow you to place your car within a private container and fill it up with other belongings. This is also why it’s a bit more expensive. However, it offers higher degree of protection and safety.
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