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One of the four busiest cities in Thailand, Udon Thani is about 560 kilometers from the capital city of Bangkok and is a commercial center in the north part of Isan. It is close to the Ping River, which is a popular trade route and has been for many years.
Importing your vehicle to Thailand can seem like a huge process that never ends with a trail of paperwork but that is only if you try to do everything on your own. Having your own vehicle is important if you want fast reliable transportation while you are in Udon Thani. The first thing you will need to do is to gather up all the necessary paperwork. You will need to hire a transport company such as A1 Auto Transport Service to assist you in obtaining all the right paperwork and submitting it to the right place. We will work with you to see your vehicle through to the last step. If you are going to be in Thailand on a temporary basis, such as only for six months, then you might want to apply for a temporary import request but if you plan to be there for more than six months, you will need to request a permanent import process.
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Temporary Importing your Vehicle.
When you choose to import on a temporary basis, you will still need to pay customs duties, taxes associated and all the fees. You can find a bank to guarantee that this will be paid by you by making a secured cash deposit into an account that will secure the money until your vehicle arrives in Thailand. You will need to obtain the following documentation for this application:
- Five copies of Special Good Declaration.
- Vehicle registration that is current.
- Commercial invoice of registration.
- Contract that states any re-export details.
- A completed applications request for temporary import.
- Driver’s license and passport of the owner of the vehicle that is current.
How to Import your Vehicle.
Step 1: Submit the application along with a copy of all requested documents to the Customs at the Port of Entry. You can submit these forms/documents yourself or A1 Auto Transport Service can do it for you.
Step 2: Customs will then check off any documents that they received with your application and issue a declaration number for your application.
Step 3: Any dues will be determined once the application has been submitted, checked off, and assigned a declaration number
Step 4: A1 Auto Transport Service will issue a cash deposit or a bank guarantee to customs for the amount owed for importing your vehicle. Proof will need to be shown to customs verifying this bank guarantee in order to approve the application.
Step 5: The vehicle will then be inspected by customs along with any belongings that were brought along with the car. Once inspected, a copy of good declaration will be given to you or to A1 Auto Transport service and the process continues. This declaration will need to be provided when your vehicle is ready to load for import.
Permanent Import Basis.
If you plan to import your vehicle to Thailand permanently, the procedure for this is somewhat different. You will need to submit the import permit to the Foreign Trade Department of the Ministry of Commerce before the vehicle can be shipped. You will also need to obtain several pieces of documentation that will need to be included with your application. These documents include:
- Importing permit for a used car.
- Goods declaration – you will need three copies of this declaration.
- Vehicle registration for a used car.
- Bill of Lading.
- House certificate for a used car and an ID card.
- Commercial invoice for the vehicle.
- Your passport.
- Release order.
- Insurance invoice.
You will need to submit all necessary documentation to the Thailand Customs Authority at the port of entry. Thai Customs will verify all the information on the application and check all documents that were included with your request and assign the vehicle a declaration number. All dues are calculated at that time. The importer will need to pay for all dues to Customs in order to gain possession of the vehicle. The paperwork is probably the most complicated however it is required for importing. A1 Auto Transport Service will then handle the entire procedure for you so you don’t have to worry.
You have two ways to ship your vehicle over to Thailand. You may want to choose the Roll On/Roll Off method because it is the most practical way to ship a vehicle. Your vehicle is loaded onto the ship’s deck by driving it on. When it reaches Thailand, it will be started and driven off the ship and into the port. Your vehicle will need to be empty completely with the exception of a car jack, a spare tire, and floor mats which can be left inside. Container shipping is another option. With container shipping, you have the option of shipping more than one vehicle at one time or a vehicle and your personal items that you want to bring with you. This is an ideal choice if you are moving to Thailand on a permanent basis.