UPS Close Window

Import/Export

Germany to Thailand

Country or Territory Regulations Topics:

Import Documentation

To enable clearance for CITES shipments, please ensure CITES Certificate is forwarded by Express service.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - The importation of pharmaceutical products, food products, cosmetics, medical items, nutritional products, dangerous objects, drugs, volatile substances must be conducted in accordance with the provisions of law, for each product category.

Importer must apply the Import permit by themselves before shipment arrival. If the importer fails to have the Import license before shipment arrival, a penalty of 10% on duty, or max THB 20,000 will be imposed on the importer.

Goods under IATA Special Provisions A67 require a MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet).

It is not required for all, however shipments can be held by local authority in United Arab Emirates after screening due to lack of MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) or NON DG (Dangerous Goods) declaration letter from the shipper resulting to misconnections and impacting end-to-end service.

It would be advisable for all shipments originating, transiting and terminating for UAE to have MSDS or NON DG declaration from shipper enclosed in the shipment and copies to be uploaded in IDIS.

In addition to the commercial invoice, a packing list is required whenever a shipment consists of two or more packages and is a Formal Entry shipment.

The value threshold for formal entry is above THB 40,000.00 (approximately USD 1,000.00).

Export Procedure ex Germany

A formal electronic export declaration must be sent to customs authorities by the exporter or their representative. Customs authorities grant the release for export and issue an Export Accompanying Document (EAD) with a unique Movement Reference Number (MRN).

The EAD has to accompany the shipment. UPS is responsible for the exit clearance at the EU border.

Informal Declarations

An informal declaration is possible for shipments up to a national threshold. The informal declaration is based on the invoice value and is restricted to shipments not subject to prohibitions and restrictions (for example, embargo regulations) or special export procedures (for example, temporary export).

The informal clearance will be done by UPS at the point of exit.

National Requirements

Shipments up to a value of 1000 EUR can be declared informally on the basis of the invoice. For shipments above 1000 EUR, a formal export declaration is required.

UPS service

UPS offers the service of making formal export declarations for customers with billable German UPS accounts. German exporters without simplification as so called approved exporter have to calculate a minimum of one working day for the competent customs office to process their declaration. However in practice, the export declaration must be placed within the opening hours of the customs office of export, as sufficient time must be allowed for the customs office to perform risk analysis and grant the release for export. On release of the goods, the customs office of export will provide the export accompanying document (EAD) with a unique Movement Reference Number (MRN).

UPS will provide the customer with the EAD including MRN which must accompany the shipment and be transmitted to the customs office of exit. The export shipment/s may be collected after release for exportation.

For cases of goods not exceeding 3000 EUR in value per consignment and per declarant and which are leaving the European Union by air movement and are not subject to prohibitions or restrictions the customs declaration may be lodged directly with the customs office of exit. The customs office of exit performs the risk analysis, releases the goods for export and confirms the exit of the goods. The declaration can be placed any time and the customs office of exit provide and MRN. The export shipment/s may be collected after receiving the MRN.

For further information please refer to the UPS website: www.ups.com/content/de/de/about/news/service_updates/20131227_eur_EDS.html?srch_pos=1&srch_phr=Export+Declaration+Service&WT.svl=SRCH

Alternatively, UPS offers a web-based application for customers to create electronic export declarations on their own - please refer to the following website - https://ups.atlas-netz.de/

Export Documentation

b>New Customs Act - Thailand
The new Customs Act B.E. 2560 (2017) has been officially announced and will take effect from 10th November 2017.

Regarding Shipping Marks & Numbers
According to the Customs Act B.E. 2560 (2017) Sections 59 and 211, there are compliance requirements regarding shipping marks & numbers as follows:

  • Shipping Marks & Numbers have to be affixed on the package(s) for both Import and Export.
  • The same information as mentioned in the Shipping Marks & Numbers must reflect on the commercial invoice and packaging.
  • The penalty for missing shipping marks & numbers shall be a fine of up to fifty thousand Baht (50,000 Baht).

Details for the shipping mark and numbers are to be indicated on the packaging consist of the below (but not limited to):

  • Shipper's details
  • Consignee's details
  • Delivery address details (if different from consignee)
  • Invoice number / Purchase Order number
  • Net and gross weight of carton
  • Dimensions of carton
  • Number of cartons (example: 1/230; 2/230; 3/230 etc)
For charges made for Export Shipments from Germany to the destination country or territory, please refer to Brokerage Services and Charges-Export Shipments with Germany as the destination.

Clearance Information

Shipments with values exceeding 40,000.00 Baht (THB) require formal entries and hence may require 2 days for clearance.
UPS Thailand process Customs clearance for Express shipments based on 4 Categories below.

  • Category 1: Non-Dutiable Documents - No commercial value.
  • Category 2: Non-dutiable Shipments - Low-value consignments imported with CIF value not exceeding THB 1,500 per consignment
  • Category 3: Dutiable Shipments - FOB value does not exceed THB 40,000 per consignment
  • Category 4: Formal entry clearance - Other consignments which do not fall under Category 1, 2, and 3 must apply the formal entry. Shipments of restricted / controlled items must be declared under Category 4.
For Category 2, shipments will be customs cleared as the following below. The invoices provided by the shipper will be used as a reference for tariff rating. To avoid clearance delays, the invoices should contain the following information:
  1. Complete description of commodities for ALL packages
  2. Tariff code at destination (if possible)
  3. Reason for Export: Personal or Commercial use. Consignments indicated for Personal use and in reasonable quantity (as determined at the sole discretion of Customs), might get to enjoy lower tariff rates. Without this, the normal tariff rates will apply.
  4. All the tariff rates of the commodities will be compared & the highest tariff rate will be selected and applied for all the commodities on the invoice.

If importers wish to enjoy the actual tariff rates based on the different commodities, the shipment will have to clear under Category 4.

Duty exemption privileges given to companies cannot be applied to shipments cleared under Express clearance Category 1 to 3. However, such shipments can be cleared under Category 4 although value is less than FOB THB 40,000. It is the responsibility of the importer to inform UPS Thailand before shipments arrival, should they intend to clear shipments under Category 4, when the FOB value is less than THB 40,000.

Shipments customs cleared under Category 4 will have to incur the following additional charges:

  • Customs Formality Handling (UPS fee)
  • Customs fee (as per Customs receipt)
  • Storage Fees applicable from the 3rd calendar day of shipment arrival (THB 1.5 per kg/day or THB 75 per 50 kg/day. For fraction of 50kg, it will be charged as 50kg. Minimum fee is THB 250)
  • Customs overtime and other charges if any (as per Customs receipt)
Credit card payments are accepted upon delivery for freight and import charges by this destination. Contact UPS or the UPS service partner in the destination country or territory to determine which credit cards are accepted.

Restrictions may apply for freight collect shipments from the origin country or territory. Contact UPS or the UPS service partner in the origin country or territory prior to shipping.

UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

Areas Served

Service is provided to and from certain cities.

All the shipments to Thailand (letters, doc and non-doc) must have the consignee's telephone on the AWB, in order to avoid delays on the clearance and delivery of the package.

UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

Sunday, and official holidays.
Spring +0700/ Fall +0700
Thai
Baht(THB)

Billing Options

  • Shipping charges can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
  • When billing the receiver, either the shipper or receiver's account number is required.
  • When billing to a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
  • Duties and taxes can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
  • When billing a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
  • If the duties and taxes are billed to an account outside of the destination country or territory, a "Duty and Tax Forwarding" surcharge will be applied.
  • Please note the following third party billing exceptions:
    • Shipments to and from the same country or territory (domestic shipments) cannot be billed to third party payors in other countries or territories. For example, shipments from Mexico to Mexico or Canada to Canada cannot be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. This rule does not apply to UPS domestic services in European Union countries or territories. For example, shipments from Germany to Germany can be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. (as long as the payor is a business and has a VAT or Tax/EIN ID on file with UPS).
  • When paying by credit card, check, or cash, only the shipper can be billed the shipping charges
  • The freight and duties can be billed to the shipper or a third party
  • The taxes can be billed to the receiver or a third party
  • A surcharge will be applied for the SDV billing option

Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Thailand. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

Shipments of animal skins/ Fossils require a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) certificate. An import license is also required from the Royal Forest Department and Livestock Department.
Shipments of cellular telephones require an import license from and registration with the Telecommunication Department.
Shipments of coffee above 0.5 kg require an import license from the Food and Drug Administration. Sample with quantity limit about 12 x 250 mililiters, or 4 x 300 grams can apply for license exemption from FDA upon arrival.

Please see more information on FDA in Additional Import Documentation.

Shipments of Communication Items/ Communication Equipments require an import license from the Telecommunication Dept. - National Broadcasting & Telecommunication Commission.
This products cannot be imported or exported from Thailand without a license or documentation specifying the details of the product. Shipments of cosmetics require an import license from the Food and Drug Administration.

Please see more information on FDA in Additional Import Documentation

Limit is 2 credit cards; must be shipped to an individual
Shipments of dairy products require an import license from the Food and Drug Administration. Sample with quantity limit about 4 liters or 4 kgs, can apply for license exemption from FDA upon arrival.

Please see more information on FDA in Additional Import Documentation.

Shipments of dental equipments require an import license from the Ministry of Health.
The consignee must obtain an import permit from the Thailand Ministry of Health. Only commercial shipments or those consigned to companies (B2B) will be cleared by UPS Thailand.
Shipments consigned to individuals (B2C) will not be cleared by UPS due to the strict regulatory requirements from the Thailand Ministry of Health.
Shipments of used electrical items require approval and certification from the Industrial Factory Department.
Shipments of contact lenses require an import license from the Food and Drug Administration.

Please see more information on FDA in Additional Import Documentation.

This products cannot be imported or exported from Thailand without a license or documentation specifying the details of the product. Requires an import license from the Food and Drug Administration and The Ministry of Public Health.

Weight restrictions are imposed by the Food and Drug Association in Thailand on edible products imported as samples. Depending on the commodity the weight can range from 1 kg to 10 kgs.

Sample with the following quantity limits can apply for a license exemption from FDA upon arrival

  • Chocolate - 1.5kgs
  • Jam, Jelly - 16 x 250 grams
  • Sauce - 12 x 250 grams
  • Semi-process food - 30 pieces
  • Butter/Cheese - 4 x 300 grams
  • Vinegar - 2 liters
  • Mineral waters - 12 x 1 liters
  • Food Additives - 500 grams
  • Flavoring materials - 500 grams
  • Shipments consigned to individuals (personal shipments) are not allowed due to strict FDA regulations.

    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shipments consigned to individual customers (B2C) will not be cleared by UPS Thailand. Importing PPE shipments consigned to individuals (B to C) shipments is now prohibited.
    Only commercial shipments or those consigned to companies (B2B) will be cleared by UPS Thailand.

    Medical Devices/items these kind of products cannot be imported or exported from Thailand without an FDA license or documentation specifying the details of the product.

    Mask Protection

    • Jan 28, 2019 : Customs FDA Section Customs Freezone Suvanabhumi (Ms.Nanaree) Tel. 02-1340814 Mask Protection is restricted item no need of doctor's prescription (Just only provide FDA Letter of Explanation)

      This confirmation is effective on Jan 28, 2019 onwards, both personal & company shipment same regulation. (Quantity <= 50 Pieces per shipment)

    The consignee must obtain an import permit from the Thailand Ministry of Health. Only commercial shipments or those consigned to companies (B2B) will be cleared by UPS Thailand.
    Shipments consigned to individuals (B2C) will not be cleared by UPS due to the strict regulatory requirements from the Thailand Ministry of Health.
    Shipments of military equipment require an import permit from the Ministry of Interior.
    Shipments below require an Import License from the Ministry of Commerce:
    • marble
    • measuring equipment
    • video games

    The following products require an import license:

    • Thai/Foreign Currency
    • Rubber Seeds/Tree
    • Tobacco
    • Weapons (any kind)
    • Measurement Instruments
    The following commodities require the catalogue or user guide in order to be imported/exported:
    • Spear parts
    • Press kit
    • Chemical Items
    • Laboratory Equipments
    • Computer Components
    Shipments of nutritional supplements and/or vitamins require an import license from the Thailand Ministry of Health. Only commercial shipments or those consigned to companies (B2B) will be cleared by UPS Thailand.
    Shipments consigned to individuals (B2C) will not be cleared by UPS due to the strict regulatory requirements from the Thailand Ministry of Health.
    Shipments of pharmaceutical supplies require an import license from the Food and Drug Administration and The Ministry of Public Health.

    Please see more information on FDA in Additional Import Documentation.

    Shipments of radios and radio equipment require an import license from the Telecommunication Department.
    Shipments of satellite equipment require an import license from the Telecommunication Department.
    Shipments of wireless communication items, Parts/ Portable battery/lighting "including radios" require an Import License from the Telecommunications Department.
    Shipments of cellular phones and accessories require an Import License from the Telecommunication Department.
    This products cannot be imported or exported from Thailand without a license or documentation specifying the details of the product.

    Shipments of toys into Thailand are restricted. The consignee must provide the import license from Thai Industrial Stand Institute. For personal shipments, limited to 2-3 pieces, the consignee must have a passport/social security card and a letter stating the purpose of the import.

    Commercial shipments require a certificate from the Standard Industrial Department. This certificate is provided by the importer and may take 5 days to obtain.

    Shipments of used electrical devices require an import license from the Industrial Factory Department.
    Shipments of veterinary products require approval and an import license from the Livestock Department.
    Shipments of nutritional supplements and/or vitamins require an import license from the Thailand Ministry of Health. Only commercial shipments or those consigned to companies (B2B) will be cleared by UPS Thailand.
    Shipments consigned to individuals (B2C) will not be cleared by UPS due to the strict regulatory requirements from the Thailand Ministry of Health.

    Gift Exemptions

    0.00 Baht THB
    no gift exemption
    no gift exemption

    All import shipments are subject to duty and taxes.

    Invoice Requirements

    Non-document shipments to Thailand must include 1 original and 2 copies of an invoice.

    The shipper must provide the consignee's telephone and fax number on the invoice.

    UPS Paperless Invoice is available for small package exports from this country or territory.
    UPS Paperless Invoice is accepted by Customs for small package imports into this country or territory.

    Items Classified as Documents

    The destination country or territory considers the following items documents. If criteria are listed, the shipment must meet those criteria to be considered a document shipment.

    Weight limit: 5.0 kg (11.0 lbs.)
    Validated airline tickets only.
    Weight limit: 5.0 kg (11.0 lbs.)
    Weight limit: 5.0 kg (11.0 lbs.)
    Weight limit: 5.0 kg (11.0 lbs.)
    Document weight limit for Payroll/Personal checks up to 50 kgs.
    Weight limit: 5.0 kg (11.0 lbs.)
    Weight limit: 5.0 kg (11.0 lbs.)
    Weight limit: 5.0 kg (11.0 lbs.)
    Weight limit: 5.0 kg (11.0 lbs.)
    Weight limit: 5.0 kg (11.0 lbs.)
    Weight limit: 5.0 kg (11.0 lbs.)
    Weight limit: 5.0 kg (11.0 lbs.)
    Weight limit: 5.0 kg (11.0 lbs.)
    Weight limit: 5.0 kg (11.0 lbs.)
    Weight limit: 5.0 kg (11.0 lbs.)
    Weight limit: 5.0 kg (11.0 lbs.)
    Weight limit: 5.0 kg (11.0 lbs.)
    Weight limit: 5.0 kg (11.0 lbs.)

    UPS can recommend which forms you need based on a few simple criteria. Forms can be completed online or printed. See which forms you need.

    Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

    In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Thailand.

    Import License is required for import of Alcoholic beverages into Thailand under Formal entry with complete customs registration and is permitted via ISC contract service.

    Personal purchase greater than 10 liters:

  • A license from the Excise Department 
  • Excised stamp for each bottle

    B2B shipments greater that 10 liters, importer must provide: 

  • Import license/permit 
  • Excise and/or bond forms 
  • Ingredient analysis 
  • Manufacture Process list

    Clearance take 5 working days prior of documentation at UPS.

  • Antique shipments are restricted from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract. Antiques are defined as a work of art, piece of furniture, decorative object, or silverware that is 100 years old or older.
    Artwork shipments are restricted from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

    Paintings or other works of art can be accepted if the artist is still alive, the artwork is replaceable and an art dealer or gallery has appraised the artwork within the last year. If the declared value of the artwork is greater than $100.00 and there is a claim, the shipper must provide a copy of the original invoice, a bill of sale, or other proof certifying in writing the actual cost or replacement cost of the item.

    Artwork includes the following: Original engravings, prints, lithographs, original sculptures, statuary.

    The term "Artwork" does not apply to: architectural, engineering, industrial, topographical, commercial drawings, hand-painted or hand-decorated manufactured articles.

    Electronic Cigarettes are prohibited.
    Any form of toy gun or gun replica is prohibited.
    Thai airways only accept Lithium Battery as follows:

    Lithium Ion batteries section II of PI966 and PI967

    Lithium Metal batteries section II of PI969 and PI970

    Personal effects cannot be shipped between these countries or territories.
    To comply with The Royal Thai Regulation, seed and kernels require a Phyto form and an original Certificate of Origin are needed to clear customs in. Phyto (Phytosanitary) certificates are issued to indicate that consignments of plants, plant products or other regulated articles meet specified phytosanitary import requirements and are in conformity with the certifying statement of the appropriate model certificate.

    Saturday Delivery

    Saturday Delivery Available: Yes

    Not available in all areas. Always check the international time in transit system for details of service availability within a country or territory.

    Service Options

    Always check Calculate Time and Cost for details of service availability and guarantee information within a country or territory. All Service Levels may not be available to or from every address within a country or territory.

    • UPS Worldwide Expedited
    • UPS Worldwide Express
    • UPS Worldwide Express Saver
    • UPS WorldWide Express Freight
    • WorldWide Economy DDP
    • WorldWide Economy DDU
    • WorldWide Express Freight Midday

    Special Clearance Requirements

    New requirements have been implemented for both small package and WWEF shipments and are based on the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 15, which is entitled "Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade". ISPM 15 was adopted internationally in 2002, and is gradually being introduced by countries or territories worldwide. Wood or wood products covered by ISPM 15 include items such as packing cases, boxes, crates, drums or similar packing, pallets, box pallets and other load boards, pallet collars and skids, but exclude such processed woods as orientated strand board, particle board, plywood or veneer, created using glue, heat and pressure or a combinations thereof, and, raw wood which is 6mm or less thick. It is recommended that if a question arises on this issue, please check with the authority that issues the Phytosanitary certificates in your count

    Value Limits


    Private Shipments

  • 1500.00 Baht (THB)
    • In most cases, when the value of the shipment is equal to or less than the Deminimis Value, the shipment may enter the country or territory duty and tax free.
    Commercial Shipments

  • 1500.00 Baht (THB)
    • In most cases, when the value of the shipment is equal to or less than the Deminimis Value, the shipment may enter the country or territory duty and tax free.

    Weight and Size Limits

    70 kg (150 lbs.) per package
    274.00 cm (107.9 in.)  per package
    419.10 cm (165.0 in.)  per package
    Length and girth combined


    Convert metric quantity for weight, length, and area.


    NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country or territory of origin.
    Close Window