Temporary Import of Motorcycle into Thailand

Temporary Import of Motorcycle into Thailand

A temporary import of personal vehicles for a short visit e.g. a motor vehicle, motorcycle, yacht, sports boat, or fishing vessel, etc. into Thailand by owners shall be grant tax/duty relief provided that they are to be re-exported within 1-2 months but not exceeding six months. Any persons intending to temporarily import personal vehicles e.g. a motor vehicle, motorcycle, yacht, sports boat, or fishing vessel, etc. have to closely observe the following Customs regulations and conditions:

Documentation: The minimum documents required for a temporary import of personal vehicle consist of:

  • A Special Goods Declaration and 5 duplicates.
  • A Vehicle Registration Certificate.
  • An Identification card and passport of the master of the vehicle, including an international driving license.
  • A Letter of Attorney, in case where the master of the vehicle does not own the vehicle.
  • An application form for the temporary import of personal vehicles.
  • Evidence of purchase e.g. a proforma invoice, invoice, etc.
  • A Certificate of Legal Entity.
  • A Re-Export Contract; and.
  • Other relevant documents (if any).

Clearance Procedures for a Temporary Import of Personal Vehicles

  • An importer/agent submits the Declaration Form and all supporting documents to the Customs office/house at the port of entry. It is also required that all fittings and accessories of the vehicle as well as passengers and accompanying luggage are declared to Customs at the time of entry.
  • Customs verifies the Declaration Form and all supporting documents, allocates the Declaration number, and then set up a cash deposit or bank guarantee covering the full amount of liable taxes and duties.
  • The importer/agent places the cash deposit or bank guarantee at a Cashier Office.

Deposit of Guarantee

  • An importer is allowed to deposit a guarantee in a form of either cash deposit or a bank guarantee. However, for a temporary import of motorcycles via the Bangkok Customs Office and the Suvanabhumi International Airport Cargo Clearance Customs Office, the importer is allowed to offer himself as a guarantee.
  • In case where the importer is unable to deposit a guarantee either in a form of a cash deposit or a bank guarantee, he/she may request the embassy to issue a letter to Customs for granting approval of the importer’s self-guarantee.
  • The amount of a cash deposit and a guarantee calculated by Customs is determined on the basis of all liable taxes and duties to be paid to Customs.
  • The importer/agent presents evidence of deposited guarantee to Customs.
  • Customs inspects the vehicle and personal goods, then, returns one copy of the Simplified Goods Declaration to the importer/agent. Please note that the importer is required to retain the copy of the Simplified Goods Declaration and returns it to Customs upon exportation.

Clearance Procedures for a Temporary Export of Personal Vehicles

  • An exporter/agent submits the copy of the Special Goods Declaration issued by Customs upon importation to the Customs office/house at the port of exit; and
  • Customs inspects the vehicle and personal belongings, records the re-exported vehicle, writes off the import registration electronically, then, discharges the cash deposit or bank guarantee posted at the time of importation to the exporter/agent.

An Importer Fails to Re-Export the Vehicle within the Time-Limit

  • In case where the importer fails to re-export the vehicle within the time-limit as set out in the bond and security paper, Customs will impose the full amount of a cash deposit or bank guarantee posted at the time of importation without any reduction.
  • Imposition of Guarantee:

    • When the temporary time-limit set in the bond and security paper is due, or an importer provides a written notice to Customs that he does not wish to re-export the vehicles temporarily imported, Customs will impose the full amount of liable taxes and duties as indicated without any reduction.
    • In case where motor vehicles or motorcycles are temporarily imported into Thailand for a short visit via the border points and to be re-exported at the conclusion of the visit, but the importer fails to do so within the time-limit as indicated in the bond and security paper, provided he/she does not intend to violate the regulations, a 100-Baht fine per day, but not exceeding 1,000 Baht in total, shall be charged from the due date of the Contract.
    • In case where boats/vessels are temporarily brought into Thailand and to be re-exported at the conclusion of the visit, but the importer fails to do so within the time-limit as indicated in the bond and security paper, provided he/she does not intend to violate the regulations, a 500-Baht fine per day, but not exceeding 5,000 Baht in total, shall be charged from the due date of the Contract.
  • In case where an importer wants to extend the temporary allowance as set out in the bond and security paper, Customs may extend the time-limit to allow the vehicle to remain in Thailand for up to six months. In exceptional circumstances e.g. a broken engine, car accident, etc., the time-limit may be extended to more than six months but not exceeding eight months from the date of importation. The extension of the temporary allowance can be applied at a Customs House.
For additional information, any interested persons may contact the Customs Information Service Center at telephone number 1164.
Last Updated Friday, 12 December 2008 @ 01:13 AM ICT 
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