Import duty on gifts mailed to Thailand

When I post gifts to friends in Thailand for birthdays, New Year and Christmas, must my friends pay customs duties on the gifts, which may be chocolates, jewelry or books?

  • Asked on Monday, February 16, 2004 | 06:52 PM
    Carl Osmar, Great Britain.

The Thai Customs website states: ‘Postal items, regardless of the number of packages, sent by mail as personal effects, gifts or trade samples of no commercial nature sent at the same time by one consigner to another consignee or arrived simultaneously with a declared value not exceeding 20,000 baht and regardless of the implied amount of duties payable, the customs officers will independently make assessment of their value and deliver such items to the Communication Authority of Thailand for delivery to the consignees from whom duties will be collected on behalf of the Customs.’ For more information about the regulations governing the import of items into Thailand by post, see

  • Answered on Monday, February 16, 2004 | 06:52 PM
    The Phuket Gazette.
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