Have you thought about exporting produce from Australia to Thailand? There are plenty of great reasons why becoming an exporter of Australian goods into Thailand can be a lucrative business venture. Thailand has a growing middle- and upper-middle class – which means there are more and more individuals to market your goods to – and it has good infrastructure. It can also act as a springboard into Asia, enabling Australian businesses to access other areas of the continent using a Thai base.
You can find out more about Thailand’s potential for trade with Australia from the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade).
TSL is a logistics company based in Melbourne. We provide freight forwarding services to companies all over Australia, Asia and beyond. TSL has been working hard for several years to become the best importer from Australia to Thailand, and our experience is a product of many years’ direct operational involvement in freight forwarding throughout Australia, China and Southeast Asia. We offer all peripheral services associated with freight forwarding: let’s call it the full package. We can provide services including packing, distribution, customs clearance and warehousing at highly competitive prices.
| Thailand Fact File |
Population: 69.2 million
Location: Southeast Asia, bordered with Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar
Major Thai imports of goods: Crude petroleum, integrated circuits, gold, vehicle parts and petroleum gas
Major Thai imports from Australia: Crude petroleum, gold, aluminium, coal
Annual Thai imports from Australia: A$ 3.9bn
Free Trade Agreement with Australia? Yes, two: the TAFTA and the MAFTA
Major ports: Laem Chabang, Bangkok, Chiang Saen, Chiang Khong, Ranong
Thailand Imports Of Goods: Free Trade Agreement
Exporting to Thailand has been made a lot easier in recent years thanks to the Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement (or TAFTA), which came into force in 2005. Under this agreement, Thailand agreed to guarantee non-discriminatory treatment of Australian investments in Thailand. The TAFTA has enabled many Australian companies, who were formerly locked out of the Thai market because of high tariffs and quotas, to find new export opportunities, particularly in areas such as agriculture, processed food and beverages, mining and automotive products.
As well as the TAFTA, trade between Australia and Thailand is also covered by the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA).
If you are not sure whether produce you wish to import to Thailand by sea or air comes under the Free Trade Agreement, you can use the Australian Government’s Free Trade Agreement Portal to find your item and see if there will be any tariffs on it.
Import To Thailand By Sea
Ocean transportation is the best bet for conducting Thailand imports of goods if you are not limited for time, if your consignment is heavy or bulky and if you are wanting to keep freight forwarding costs low. Shipping from Australia to Thailand takes around 18-30 days, depending on a number of factors such as the type of shipping container you hire, and weather conditions.
TSL’s Comprehensive Service
TSL is working hard to become the best importer from Australia to Thailand, and we look forward to helping you get your cargo from A to B without hassle and for a really great price. As well as the sea transportation itself, we can provide any (or all) of the following services:
• Packing: need to prepare your produce for shipping? TSL can arrange for it to be packed up you, making your life easier and saving you labour costs.
• Storage: TSL has fantastic working relationships with warehouse providers throughout Australia and the world, and is able to offer competitive prices for short and long-term storage solutions.
• Distribution: we can arrange 24/7 distribution services (including drivers as well as vehicles) once your goods have arrived at their destination.