Temporary Allowance of Form E Photocopies for Customs Clearance due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

Customs Department Announcement No. 47/2563

Owing to control measures imposed by the Chinese government in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, importers may face challenges regarding the Form E certificate of origin issued under the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA) for customs clearance in Thailand. Consequently, the Thai Customs Department, making reference to Customs Announcement No. 132/2562, has stipulated that importers can show a copy of the Form E certificate of origin where China has already issued Form E, but cannot send the original certificate (as a result of its measures to control COVID-19). This temporary allowance is made for the period 3 March to 31 May 2020.

In order to be permitted to submit a photocopy of the Form E certificate of origin, importers are required to:

Enter on the import entry form, in the Remark box: “ขอใช้สำเนาภาพถ่ายหนังสือรับรองถิ่นกำเนิดสินค้า Form E ไปพลางก่อนและจะยื่นต้นฉบับ Form E ในภายหลัง” (which means “Request to use a copy of Form E origin certificate and the original Form E origin certificate will be submitted later”);

Importers must meet directly with a Customs officer and must use the online system in order to request such meeting;

 Prior to retrieving the goods, the importer must submit for verification by the Customs Department, the form for permission to use the photocopy of Form E, which may be accessed here;

 Within 30 days of customs clearance of the goods, the importer is required to submit the original version of Form E to the Customs Department. If the importer does not make the submission within the prescribed time period, duty exemptions and preferential tariff rates will not apply. An assessment will be then be issued by the Customs Department for outstanding duties to be paid.

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