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DHL Express Import Guidelines: Thailand

Shipping guidelines, standard prohibitions and restrictions to consider when sending express shipments to Thailand.

Prohibited Commodities for Thailand

  • Pornography
  • Goods that show or has National flag significance
  • Narcotics
  • Counterfeit banknote, bond or bond interest receipt
  • Copyright violated goods
  • Imitative goods or trademark
The following items require special criteria to be met in order to allow their customs clearance into Thailand.
  • Banknote (Thai & Foreign)
  • Plants including plants products and seeds
  • Tobacco or related products
  • Animal including skin and stuffing
  • Telecommunications equipment
  • Firearms, parts thereof and ammunition
  • Military equipment
  • Drug (prescription and non-prescription)
  • Alcoholic beverage
  • Foodstuffs
  • Measuring apparatus
  • Chemicals and non-hazardous

Shipping Commodities – What You Need to Know

Certain commodities are considered as “Non-Document” and need to be accompanied by an invoice and, in some cases, additional customs documentation. Other commodities are considered simply as a “Document” and only require a DHL Waybill to be completed. The following list explains what you need to do in order to ship various commodities.

Document Commodities (Require only DHL Waybill)

Advertising brochures/pamphlets
Airline tickets, blank stock (NI)
Airline tickets, issued/validated
Annual reports
Artwork inc.drawings/proofs/layouts
Blueprints
Booklets, brochures (non-adv.)
Books: hardbk/paperbk non-comm. use
Business cards
Calendars
Cash letters (NI)
Charts/graphs
Cheques, cancelled (NI)
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Computer printouts
Credit cards (NI)
Deeds
Diaries
Diplomatic mail
Documents, general business
Invoices, not blank
Magazines, periodicals, journals
Manuals, technical
Manuscripts
Maps
Money orders (NI)
Music, printed or manuscript
Newspapers
Pamphlets
Passports
Photos as part of business reports
Plans/drawings-arch/indust/eng. pur
Price lists
Publication not for public resale
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Slides
Stationery
Transparencies
Visa applications

Commodities where you should contact your local Customer Service advisor to clarify shipping requirements

Alcoholic beverages
Chemicals, non-hazardous
Communications equipment
Compact disc
Computer components & parts
Computer software
Cosmetics
Diskettes
Drugs: non-prescription
Drugs: prescription
Foodstuffs
Liquids, non-hazardous
Measuring apparatus
Medical samples
Medical/dental supplies & equipment
Military equipment
Personal effects
Phones/modems
Plant products
Plants
Radar equip.-transmitters/receivers
Samples, textile
Seeds
Telecommunications equipment
Tobacco
Toys
All other commodities are Non-Document in nature and should be accompanied by a DHL Waybill and an Invoice.