Due to logistical obstacles posed by COVID-19, the Thai Customs Department has exempted importers facilitating the transit or transshipment of goods through Thailand from the requirement to send goods out of Thailand within 30-days from the date the goods entered the country. Furthermore, goods that have become property of the state due to their failure to comply with the deadline are exempted as well.
To qualify for the exemption, importers must provide evidence and supporting documents that illustrate the reason for their non-compliance to the Director-General for consideration.
The Ministerial Regulation was published in the Government Gazette on July 21st, 2020, and applies for the period between March 26th, 2020 and September 30th, 2020.
Government Gazette, Book 137 Section 58 Kor, July 21, 2020
To mitigate the effects of transportation and Customs clearance caused by COVID-19, a new Ministerial Regulation was issued to exempt importers for transit or transshipment from having to comply with all or part of the Customs law.
From March 26, 2020 until September 30, 2020, importers who are unable to deliver goods imported for transit or transshipment out of the Kingdom within the specified time period are exempt from complying with Article 102 Paragraph 2 and Article 103. Goods imported for transit or transshipment that have become properties of the state under Article 103 are exempted as well.
Importers shall provide evidence and related documents for the reason of being unable to comply with the specified time period under Article 102 Paragraph 2 and Article 103 to the Director-General for the consideration of a necessary deadline extension.