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Import cars to Thailand

Thinking of Importing a car from UK to Thailand? AutoExporters can assist you all the way in getting your dream car imported to Thailand from UK and from other countries. Please contact a member of our team for more information on Importing your car to Thailand.

Importing a Foreign Vehicle

There are to ways in which a vehicle can be imported into Thailand:

  1. Temporary importation
  2. Permanent importation

Temporary Import of Personal Vehicle

If your vehicle (motor vehicle, motorcycle, yacht, sports boat, fishing boat…) is aiming to stay for a period of 1-2 months, but not exceeding 6 months, you will not have to pay any duty.

The necessary documents are the following:

  • A Special Goods Declaration and 5 copies of it
  • A Vehicle Registration Certificate
  • The international driving license, the passport and the ID card of the pilot of the vehicle
  • If the pilot and the owner of the vehicle are two different persons, a Letter of Attorney should be provided
  • The well-completed application form
  • A proforma invoice to testify the purchase of the vehicle
  • A Certificate of Legal Entity
  • A re-export Contract
  • Any other applicable documents

Clearance process

  • Your agent / The importer transmits all the record to the Customs office at the port of entry. Furthermore, passengers, luggage, vehicle’s accessories must be declared simultaneously at the Customs.
  • Customs checks the record, assigns a Declaration number, and then implements a bank guarantee or a cash deposit that covers the duties and responsibilities.
  • Your agent / The importer positions the money or bank guarantee in a cashier desk.

Permanent Import of Personal Vehicle

All categories of new vehicles that aren’t yet registered overseas can be imported without an import permit issued by the Ministry of Commerce. If the vehicle is weighing less than 3500 Kgs, an import permit from the Industrial Standard Institute is required. 

Requirements for a Used/Second hand Vehicle Permanent Import

  • Only one second hand/used vehicle can be imported by the importer for personal purpose.
  • If he or she is a non-resident, the importer must stay in Thailand for one year minimum, and present work-permit and a non-immigrant visa.
  • If he or she is a Thai resident marrying a foreigner, the importer must provide documents testifying of marriage and change of residence to Thailand. He also must possess the imported vehicle for minimum one year and a half before the arrival date in Thailand.
  • If he or she is a Thai resident, the importer can import a vehicle only at the same time of the change of residence. He also must own the vehicle for a year and a half at minimum, before moving to Thailand.

Documents required

General documentation:

  • An Import Goods Declaration and 3 copies;
  • An Airway Bill or Bill of Lading
  • An evidence of the vehicle purchase
  • A Release Order (Kor Sor Kor 100/1)
  • An insurance premium invoice
  • Any other valuable documents

Further documentation for second hand/used personal vehicles:

  • ID Card and Certificate of residence
  • If it’s a change of residence, a Passport
  • A Vehicle Registration Certificate
  • An Import Permit

Table of Tax and Duty Rates

Type of Vehicles Cylinder Capacity

Duty (%)


Excise Tax (%) (Multiplier) Interior Tax VAT Total (%)

Personal Vehicle


Not exceeding 2400 cc. 80 35(0.5691057) 10



  Exceeding 2,400 cc. but not exceeding 3000 cc. and less than 220 horse power 80 42(0.7468124) 10 7 250.82
  Not exceeding 3000 cc. or with more than 220 horse power 80 48(1.0169492) 10





Off road four wheel drive vehicles Not exceeding 2400 cc. 80 29(0.4258443) 10 7 182.819
  Exceeding 2,400 cc. but not exceeding 3000 cc. and less than 220 power horse 80 29(0.4258443) 10 7 182.819