How To Import From Thailand
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Welcome to TSL. We’re here to guide you through the process of how to import goods from Thailand to Australia. TSL can help you with every step of the procedure, from pick-up right through to delivery – and everything else in between. We look forward to working with your business and hope you will enjoy using our services.
What Is TSL?
TSL is a freight forwarder operating from Melbourne, Australia. Freight forwarding is the foundation of our business and the area in which we excel. We can help with imports and exports, transportation by road, sea or air (or a combination of these three) and customs clearance. We offer a full range of services that will ensure your goods arrive at their destination – anywhere in the world – with steadfast care and as quickly as is humanly possible. TSL provides the following services to businesses operating in and out of Australia:
• Freight forwarding
• Air freight
• Sea freight
• Customs clearance
Step-By-Step Guide: How To Import From Thailand to Australia
If you’re interested in importing goods from Thailand, here are four steps you should follow:
1. Gather information: Research the products you are hoping to import and find out whether there is a market for them
2. Find suppliers: Explore Thai manufacturers of the goods you wish to bring into Australia, then make offers and find the right deal
3. Market your goods: Find outlets within Australia for the produce or items you are looking to sell on
4. Organise shipping: Use TSL’s fantastic freight forwarding service to organise your import operation. We will supply all services in the chain from pick-up to delivery, as well as peripheral services such as packing, storage and distribution.
What Tariff Will I Pay if I Import Goods From Thailand?
Thanks to the TAFTA, the Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement, trade between Australia and Thailand has become a lot easier. Since the TAFTA came into force in 2005, the total two-way trade between these two countries has more than doubled. Australian businesses wanting to trade with Thailand can also benefit from a second free trade agreement, the AANZFTA, which applies to trade between Australia/New Zealand and the countries in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations).
If you want to find out what tariff you will pay when exporting a certain product from Thailand to Australia, you can use the Australian Government’s Free Trade Agreement Portal. This tool allows you to enter your item into a search engine, giving you the tariff you will pay on arrival into Australia.
What Can’t I Import from Thailand to Australia?
Not all goods can be brought into Australia freely. Examples of restricted items are: antibiotics, cigarette lighters, pornography, pesticides and certain cosmetics. For more information, please click here.
Import Goods From Thailand: By Air Or By Sea?
Whether you choose to send your goods via the air or the ocean depends on a number of factors:
What is your budget? If you’re limited for cash, it makes sense to choose sea transportation over air, because it is generally cheaper.
What is your timescale? Air freight from Thailand typically takes just 1-6 days to reach its destination, whereas shipping by sea can take up to 30 days.
How big is your consignment? If you are shipping large quantities of goods, or if they are particularly heavy or bulky, sea freight may be your best bet. Smaller, more compact packages can be sent more easily by air.
For more information on how to import from Thailand to Australia, see Austrade’s market profile on Thailand.