As the taxi pulled away from my hotel in Seoul I realised I had left my Amazon Kindle e-reader in my room. No problem, I thought, I'll just have them mail it. For reasons that remain beyond me, that was not possible and my quest for a replacement Kindle began. Despite the seemingly endless labyrinth of malls and merchandise-lined marketplaces throughout Thailand, one cannot find everything, and imports ordered on the internet can fill the void. But what will it actually cost to get that purse from Nordstrom's, the Barbour jacket or the Amazon Kindle to your condo in Hua Hin?
Every country has the right to impose tariffs, taxes, and other charges on any products entering their country, and does so to varying degrees based on the type of product, its point of origin, applicable trade agreements and various other stipulations. Thailand is no exception.
Goods that are imported into Thailand must pass through at least one channel of the Customs Department at the point of entry: either at an airport, an overland border crossing, a shipping port, or through an international courier or the postal service. Generally all goods are subject to some form of duties and taxes. Particular types of goods, and goods from specific countries with whom Thailand has free trade agreements, qualify for an exemption from import duties or for incentivised tax rates. The stipulations applied to these special goods are outlined in the Customs Tariff Schedule.
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