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Countries from all over the world ship to Thailand, although shipping to a Thai location outside of Bangkok will be more expensive.
Moving to inland cities will require a combination of land and sea transport, and island homes will usually require a series of boat transfers.
It is especially important when shipping to Thailand to use a credible shipping company and to take out insurance on the cargo. The insurance company should not be the same company being used for transporting an expat's belongings.
Expats moving to Thailand should, however, note that it is often cheaper to buy new furniture and amenities in the country than to ship them.
After entering Thailand, expats have six months to import their household items from their home country. Thai customs are known to be flexible when addressing the deadline, but it is advisable to contact them directly a few months in advance if anticipating a late delivery.
Expats entering Thailand on a visa allowing them to stay for a year or longer will not have to pay taxes as long as the goods being imported have been owned and used for at least six months. In such a case, electrical appliances will also not be taxed as long as there is only one of each type of item. If there are duplicate items (for example, two fridges), taxes may apply. Invoices are usually required documentation when importing goods.
Most household pets can be brought into Thailand provided that they are accompanied by a vet's certificate as well as proof of vaccination. Pets will not normally be quarantined unless they show signs of illness.
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