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Shipping from China to Thailand | Air & Sea & Road Freight

What is the best way to ship goods from China to Thailand ?

You are seriously considering shipping goods from China to Thailand but you are asking yourself what is the best solution for you?
At SINO Shipping, we are conscious how tricky it can be for our customers to find accurate information about shipping processes. For this reason, we built this shipping guide to help you with it. As an international freight forwarder operating in South-East Asia for many years, we are able to answer any question or doubt you may have. Have a closer look at the article we made ad-hoc, and feel free to contact us at your convenience for any additional information.
Sea freight, Air freight, Trucking services… We provide tailored logistics solution for any type of customer: first-time importers, businesses needing regular traffic, or any other request, SINO Shipping is committed to provide the best logistic services most-suited to your needs and expectations.


Thanks to the free trade agreements (FTAs) signed between China and Thailand, most of import duties are no longer applied for the majority of products when importing in Thailand from China.

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Duties are no longer applied on dairy goods, medicines, dishwashers, and much more. This kind of actions have been undertaken to generate more and more trade between both countries, and more broadly all over ASEAN. This was made to allow the Thai manufacturer to import cheap raw materials and export at a lower price too. In this way, depending on the products you need to import into the country, you might be able to benefit from this kind of tax exemptions.

Another category of products not subject to customs duties are the “Privileged goods”. Privileged goods benefit from agreements with the United Nations, or ruled by International Laws, or International Treaties, or by reciprocity through diplomatic channel.


Remark SINO : You don’t have to provide an import license for every product. It will depend on the products you want to import within the Thai territory. You can have a look at the customs official website to know whether you should apply for a permit or not. Here you will find the official website: Thai Customs.


What duties and taxes will I pay for my goods ?

Remark SINO : That’s a priority to think of when you’re working in International Trade.

All goods imported into Thailand are ruled by the Customs Act, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Act and the Regulation of Imports and Exports Act.

GST on Imports

Standard-rate GST on Imports in Thailand is 7% until September 2018. From this date onwards, Thailand will apply a 10% GST for all goods and services imported into Thailand and not subject to exemptions.

*The rate of 0% is only applicable for exports of goods and services.

Remark SINO : All other goods are not subject to duties, and are subject to GST only. GST in Thailand equals to 7% of the CIF value of your shipment.

Here are some useful tools to calculate the tariff barriers of your products between the two countries

Pour un transport en DAP ou DDU (hors droit de douane et taxes), le transitaire prend en charge l’ensemble du transport.

Cet incoterm peut s’apparenter à des prestations dites de « porte à porte », où votre expédition sera prise en charge de bout en bout.


Here is the composition of an HS Code, you can now see what an HS code is and what does it mean


You already know the HS Code of your products? You can find the tariff barrier that applies on the official website.

To find further information about duties and taxes in Thailand according to your HS code, please check the official website: Integrated Tariff Database (Thai Customs).

Here you can find a screenshot about this Integrated Tariff Database (Thai Customs). You still have a doubt ? feel free to contact our SINO Experts !

Customs contact in China
Customs contact in Thailand

Customs process




EXW does not include transportation. Hence, you must arrange delivery from the factory floor to the Port of Loading. Further, you may also face complications if your cargo is inspected by the local customs authorities, as EXW doesn’t include export clearance.

Sometimes, export clearance can be managed by the freight forwarder, but not always. While EXW looks cheap, you may end up paying more than you should.

Remark SINO : If you have one of the following item, you should check directly with our SINO Experts. Some of those items are restricted or even totally prohibited, it is important to anticipate such shipment to avoid any problem.

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Ocean freight will be the best deal for you if :

  • Your suppliers are located near a major Chinese port
  • Your goods are bigger than 2 CBM
  • You’re not in a hurry to receive them

Contact us now ! Your personal SINO advisor will find out customized solution for your import process from China to Thailand.

Remark SINO : If you need to import some goods from China to Thailand for your business activity, SINO Shipping is proud to provide a full range of tailored services, suited to all kind of budgets.

At SINO Shipping, we are committed to answer our clients’ requests invidivually, to ensure a tailored-made shipment. We will figure out together what is the most-suited logistic option for your shipping needs. Not only can we offer FCL and LCL shipments, but also all kinds of more “challenging” shipments: over-sized, bulk cargo, RORO vessels… Additionally, as an experienced freight forwarder, you can rely on our decent expertise to handle your dangerous products. We are proud to offer all kind of services, to better serve our customers’ needs.

We can ensure services for every type of product: frozen products, perishable food, plant materials, etc. From any location in China, to all parts of Thailand, we transport products in the most efficient and transparent way, adapting our offer and quotations to your budget. Our dedicated staff will handle your shipment from beginning to end, ensuring a professional service and keeping you on the loop throughout the whole process.

SINO Plus : We are truly committed to create long-term partnerships with our professional customers. If you need to set up regular traffic between China and Thailand, SINO Shipping is the best choice you could make!

At SINO Shipping, we can handle your shipment from the very beginning, which means from any city in China, such as – Guangzhou, Tianjin, Dalian, Shenzhen, Ningbo, Shanghai, Xiamen, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, and much more, to Thailand (Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai…).

We are more than proud to provide high-quality services to our clients. When you decide to work with SINO Shipping, you are choosing the peace of mind for your shipment: simple, reliable, and prompt service!

Mains ports of Thailand

  • Klong Toey, also known as Bangkok Port is the largest port in Thailand, situated on the western part of Chao Phraya. At SINO Shipping, we understand how important it is to ensure a strong presence in this key hub sea freight in South-East Asia. This is why we ship to Klong Toey for the majority of our shipments destinated to Thailand.
  • Laem Chabang is another important commercial port of Thailand. Situated in the province of Chon Buri, Laem Chabang handles around 6.9 million EVP/ year. In this way, this is a main logistics hub when shipping from China to Thailand. We are used to ship to this port, mainly for shipments between from China to Pattaya, due to its geographic location (close to Pattaya)..

SINO Advice : Please contact your SINO Shipping to set up any sea freight transportation service. We will figure out together what is the best destination port, suited to your expectations and needs.

Bangkok / Laem Chabang
Hong Kong / Shenzhen 7 – 9 days
Tianjin 13 – 15 days
Ningbo 10 – 12 days
Shanghai 11 – 13 days
Guangzhou 8 – 10 days

*As far as transit times from China to Thailand are concerned, it should range around 6-12 days, depending on the city of departure in China.

SINO Advice : Please contact your SINO Shipping to set up any sea freight transportation service. We will figure out together what is the best destination port, suited to your expectations and needs.

Sea freight rates

If you need quick deliveries from China to Thailand, ocean freight is definitely not the best option to be considered. Sea freight is the best solution for companies and individuals who are not in a hurry, and who aim at saving some money on the shipping process.

Remark SINO : However, if you want to minimize cost, sea freight offers the most cost-effective logistic solution.

Why sea freight?

*In fact, sea freight comes with two main benefits: you can ship any kind of volume, at the best price. This can be particularly interesting for frequent shipments with high volumes between both countries.

As mentioned before, SINO Shipping is able to offer every kind of service for every single type of volume!

The cost of your shipment will depend on the services you need us to provide. Our main goal is to adapt our offer to your budget. The total price you will end up paying depends on the service you require. Whether you need us to arrange a door-to-port shipment, port-to-port, door-to-door, or whatever else, we have a solution for you and we’ll adapt our offer accordingly.

We handle everything for you, sticking to your budget and expectations! Contact our SINO Experts now and receive a free quotation within 48 hours!



Air freight will be the most efficient solution if :

  • Your goods are smaller than 2 CBM and 200 kg
  • You’re in a hurry to receive/send the goods

Remark SINO : Naturally, if your need to get your goods delivered as fast as possible, air freight is the best option for you.

Bangkok being one of the busiest airports in the world, most of the largest airlines ensure daily services to Suvarnabhmi. What does it mean? It means that we can gain more leverage when negotiating the best rates for your air freight needs. SINO Shipping is a long-time-established freight forwarder in China, and we are used to ship mainly to Bangkok. This is why we are truly confident about our capacity to offer the best air freight rates.

*We use the heavy competition to our advantage, to better suit your budget.

SINO Plus : Bangkok is not the only destination we can ship to in Thailand. We also ensure discounted air freight services to Chiang Mai, Phuket, Hat Yai, Pattaya, and much more.

With SINO Shipping, you can rely on a dedicated staff. We are committed to offer the highest quality services, offering frequent departures, as well as urgent shipments and deliveries. When time is the most important factor for you, you can trust SINO Shipping to deliver your goods right on time. If you need to arrange an air freight shipment quickly, don’t lose time and reach out to us now! We will clarify with you your needs, and will find out the best logistic solution for your shipment. SINO Shipping makes you save time, money, and stress.

SINO Plus : At SINO Shipping, we are updated with the latest logistics logistic technologies. This is why we will provide you with a tracking number, so that you can keep track of your air shipment at every time.

Main Airports Thailand

Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)

Suvarnabhumi is the main logistic hub in Thailand, but also in South-East Asia. This airport is key for your shipment to Thailand, as it is also used as a regional gateway within the country. As the 21st busiest airport in the world, and the 1st one in Thailand , most of the shipments we handle to Thailand are headed to this airport.

EXW (Ex Works)

EXW does not include transportation. Hence, you must arrange delivery from the factory floor to the Port of Loading. Further, you may also face complications if your cargo is inspected by the local customs authorities, as EXW doesn’t include export clearance.

Sometimes, export clearance can be managed by the freight forwarder, but not always. While EXW looks cheap, you may end up paying more than you should.

Don Mueang International Airport (DMK)

Don Mueang International Airport is the second airport situated in Bangkok. We can also ship to this airport, alternatively to Suvarnabhumi, as it is convenient to serve the greater Bangkok. Most of charters offer a daily service to this airport. In fact, in 2015, DMK became the world’s largest low cost carrier airport.

Additionally, we can also ensure an air freight service other airports located in other parts of the country such as Chiang Mai, Phuket, Hat Yai, and much more. It will depends on the type of cargo you need to ship, the location of the final delivery,… Please contact us now, so that we can figure out together the most-suited logistic solution.

Info SINO : If you want further information about airport in Thailand, you can check the dedicated & official website: Airport of Thailand (AOT).

Transit times

Remark SINO: As an example, a flight from Shanghai to Thailand takes approximately 4 hours. But, this is not the only thing that has to be taken into consideration. An air shipment is made up of several logistic steps, that can cause unexpected delays or troubles.

First things first: when it comes to transit times for your air shipment, you have to keep in mind we are not only talking about the flight duration. The whole process of shipping by air is complex, and many processes have to be carried out.

*Concretely, we have to close a deal with the airline company, book space for your parcel, arrange storage prior to departure if needed, carry out customs clearance, etc.

In this way, even though the flight duration is around 4hours, don’t expect to receive your parcel within this amount of time. Additionally, every shipment is different. It means that the transit times will vary according to the type of cargo to be cleared out, the option you choose (priority express freight, regular air freight, etc.).

Anyway, keep in mind that the following steps have to be followed when shipping by air:

  • Step 1 – Gathering details about the shipment: type of cargo, weight, destination, service required…
  • Step 2 – Sino Shipping closes shipment with the airline company
  • Step 3 – Storage at warehouses prior to departure
  • Step 4 – Flight duration
  • Step 5 – Customs clearance
  • Step 6 – Cargo arrival and delivery services (if required)

*Considering only flight duration would thus be a huge mistake.

SINO Advice : The best solution is to contact your SINO Shipping advisor. Once we have clarified what kind of shipment you need us to arrange, we’ll be able to forecast transit times and all related information.

Air Freight Rates

The weight is not the only factor affecting the quotation. Naturally, the price will also depend on the service you require. A door-to-door service will obviously be more expensive than a door-to-airport.


*If the volumetric weight is higher than the actual weight of your box, the carrier will quote based on this weight. You can use online chargeable weight calculators to make it easier, now that you understand how it works.

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SINO Advice : This is why our pricing strategy is based on a case-by-case method. Contact us now and received your personal quotation within 24h!



Road freight will be the most convenient option if :

  • You need a Door to Door service
  • You live far from the airport/port of arrival
  • You’re not in a hurry to receive your goods

Remark SINO : The other option you have for your shipment from China to Thailand is cross-border trucking service. This option is at the same time cheap and relatively fast. It seems like it is the in-between solution between air and sea freight. Obviously, shipping by road from the eastern part of China would not be cost-effective.

Cross-border from the Southern and Western part of China is possible by crossing Vietnam and Laos, before reaching Thailand. We can delivery to any place in Thailand, from the countryside to the main cities like Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, etc.

This kind of shipment requires upfront planning. Please contact us as soon as possible so that we can arrange the best routes and build up the most cost-effective option.

We offer all services related to cross border trucking:

  • Customs clearance and paperwork assistance
  • Transparency of processes and routes
  • Door-to-door services with constant tracking of your shipment
  • Professional drivers
  • Customer service
  • Duty and taxes forecast
  • We provide all the requested licenses if required

SINO Shipping is proud to be one of the pioneer when it comes to cross-border trucking services in South-East Asia. Transporting your goods by FCL or truckload freight between China and Thailand has never been that easy!

We collaborate with the most modern and transparent fleets of trucks available on the market to ensure high quality services.

*We provide our customers with high flexibility in terms of routes, deliveries, and delays, and enable you to save up to 40% as compared to air freight shipments.


Because SINO Shipping cares about the goods you need to ship, we also provide freight insurance services. In fact, the insurance rate is calculated as follow: 1% of the declared value of the goods.

In this way, you get the value of your cargo covered in case of any damage. You should not risk shipping your products without insurance, as it can come with important additional costs for you or your business in case of unexpected event.

SINO Shipping can become your long-term partner for your shipments to the USA. If you need to set up a regular traffic from China to Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, or wherever else in the country, we’ll make sure to offer the best rates. In fact, when settling a frequent traffic, it’s way easier for us to negotiate better rates with the largest shipping lines

SINO Advice : Contact us now! A SINO advisor will get back to you within 24 hours to schedule your road freight shipment!

Transit times

Transit times between China and Thailand are shorter than sea freight, obviously. Here are two examples:

  • Hong Kong – Bangkok : 2-3 days
  • Guangzhou – Chiang Mai: 2-3 days

Remark SINO : If you need to ship from cities situated in the North-East part of the country, ocean freight is recommended, as the distance to be covered would be too important.

*Additionally, please note this is not easy to provide accurate transit times when it comes to road freight, as the number of unexpected events that may occur is greater: traffic, bad weather, etc.

At SINO Shipping, we understand how important for you it is to be kept on the loop about the status of your shipment. This is why your SINO advisor will make sure to let you know where is located at any time thanks to our updated tracking system.


When quoting for road freight services, many different various has to be considered: kilometers, the type of cargo, routes, surcharges if any, etc. In this way, we kindly ask our customers to contact us. Once we have clarified your needs and figured out the service you need as well as the best route that has to be used, we will be able to provide you a transparent and tailored quotation.

*This logistic option is usually appreciated by businesses who need their goods to be delivered quite quickly and at a cheaper price than air freight.

This is why we made the choice to quote individually, for every single customer requesting this kind of services. In this way, we make sure to work as close as possible to our customers’ needs, while ensuring the best quality services available on the market for your shipment from China to Thailand.

Recurrent questions regarding the shipping from China to Thailand

Il s’agit du certificat du pays d’origine qui peut être exigé par les autorités douanières pour confirmer le pays d’origine et si le produit est bien étiqueté. Assurez-vous que le fournisseur n’oublie pas ce document important.


Average transit time by sea: 10 days Average transit time by airfreight: 1 days (daily direct flight) Express shipping door to door (10kg): 1 days

There are only 2 options, by sea or by air, it depends on how big the volume and the weight are, and then you will decide which shipping methods is more adequate. You must calculate the ration time/cost.

Standard-rate GST on Imports in Thailand is 7% until September 2018. From this date onwards, Thailand will apply a 10% GST for all goods and services imported into Thailand and not subject to exemptions.

No, they don’t immediately open your package without any reason. … They will only instantly check what’s inside of your package if: Your package has been damaged when it reached the Customs office or desk. The damages can include broken seals or plastic or any cover of your package.

When you make a shipping request, you’ll have to declare the value of your shipment. The value you enter on your request form is the value that will be declared at customs, so it is important that you declare accurately. If you declare too high a value, you may be assessed more taxes than you want to pay! If you declare too low a value, your declared value may be considered unreasonable and adjusted upward.

-Negotiate with multiple carriers -Get suppliers to use your shipping account number -Use packaging provided by your carrier -Consider a regional carrier -Use online shipping -Invest in prepaid shipping -Buy insurance from a third party -Factor in all shipping fees before billing customers -Consider hybrid services -Ask about association discounts

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