The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) connection mentioned in the video is worth bearing in mind. Thailand is at the centre of a ten country organisation, which promotes cooperation and economic integration.
Thailand are a not insubstantial nation themselves, with GDP around £400 million, the 8th largest economy in Asia. Tourism still plays a part but they are modernising, through their industrial and service sectors.
Opening up has meant gradually adopting international norms, although they have been ATA carnet members since 1994.
ATA Carnet Procedure
Initial restrictions are largely gone. The Thai Chamber of Commerce confirms that carnets are now accepted for commercial samples, trade fairs, or exhibitions and professional, or scientific equipment.
They do not accept postal items on carnets but goods in transit are okay. Whilst an ATA carnet for Thailand may not initially be for the normal 12 month period, renewal whilst there is possible, as is replacing a lost carnet.
All main customs offices accept ATA carnets and are used to processing them. Daytime hours will apply at certain locations, out of hours authorisation can still be arranged and goods in baggage can be cleared whenever flights arrive.
We would note that Thailand may not be a place to arrive with an incorrect ATA carnet, although beyond that, you will generally find Thai customs officers helpful, efficient and knowledgeable on carnet procedures.
The ATA carnet system is managed in Thailand by:
The Thai Chamber of Commerce
150, Ratchabopit Road
Wat Ratchabopit Sub-District, Phra Nakhon District
Telephone: 0 2018 6888
Local bodies can be helpful, such as the Thai Film Office. Trading partners in certain sectors are also up to date on carnet use and as with Bangkok Video Productions, can offer useful advice if required.
As an incidental point, the second page linked above holds information on working in Thailand and ATA carnet use which may be helpful to all. Beyond practicalities of life, they mention that certain items require an additional permit.
Firearms, ammunition, explosives, plants, or planting materials, livestock, medicines and chemicals are natural entries. Radio and telecommunications equipment less common, as are antiques, or artifacts relating to Buddha.
A timely reminder of the need we all share, to be aware of local sensitivities and protocols. If we can help to ensure your goods enjoy their trip to Thailand, please contact our support team for advice.
However you, or your business items are travelling to Thailand, we hope you have a successful time in a fascinating, welcoming country.