Whether you are moving your home, transporting some vacation purchases or transporting commercial goods on a regular basis, shipping from Thailand to India has its own set of hurdles and things to consider. At Eagles Air & Sea, Ltd., we have been shipping goods between Thailand and India for over 25 years and have the expertise to help you with every step in the process.
The South Asian country of India is probably the most unique and interesting country in the world. Almost one out of every 6 people in the world call India their home. Additionally, there are 29 separate states that are different from each other in a range of ways.
If you are moving to India there are some important things you need to know about shipping between Thailand and India:
- Air Freight – This method is handy, quick, and costly. Moving goods between Thailand and India via air freight only takes one to three days, depending on the clients willingness to pay expediting costs. While this may be a good option for small shipments or packages, we don’t recommend this option for larger shipments as the costs can quickly become prohibitive.
- Sea Freight – For most situations, sea freight between Thailand and India is hard to beat. Transit time between these two countries is 5 to 8 days, depending on the port of destination within India. With a coastline of over seven thousand kilometers and thirteen ports, your options will depend on where within India the goods are destined. If Mumbai is your destination, then Nhava Sheva is the likely port of call as this port handles almost half of all goods going into and out of India.
Additionally, you will have options regarding the configuration of your shipment – LCL (less than a container load) or FCL (full container load). Containers also come in different sizes with 20 ft. and 40 ft. the most common.
- Customs and duties – For your protection, it is important to consult with a freight forwarder who is experienced and knowledgeable on the specific regulations unique to India. There are certain items that are restricted in India. Also, an accurate inventory of everything you are shipping is necessary as well. While a physical inspection of a shipment by customs officials isn’t a sure thing, if your shipment is singled out for inspection, the inventory list becomes very important. While most commercial goods are subject to duties, there are none imposed on household goods for people who are permanently relocating to India.
These are just a few of the issues and considerations that need to be addressed for a shipment from Thailand to India. At Eagles Air & Sea Ltd., we can sit down with you and learn the details of your own shipping requirements and with that knowledge in hand, present you with a set of options that are guaranteed to meet your budget and timeline. This service is free to all potential customers and you can contact us either by phone at +66 (02) 790 4599 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. For all your shipping needs in and out of Thailand, the name to remember is “Eagles”
Frequent Asked Questions
What duties and taxes might I expect to pay for goods imported from Thailand to India?
Good news here…..because of the AIFTA ASEAN – India Free Trade agreement, over 90% of previous trade barriers have been eliminated between India and ASEAN members. This has significantly increased growth of India investment within Thailand over the last few years.
How long does it take to ship ocean freight from Thailand to India?
There are many ports along India’s long coastline, but generally speaking ocean transit times between Bangkok and India can range from 10 days to 2 weeks, depending on the port of call in India.
Can I ship my freight between Thailand and India via truck?
The short answer is yes, it is faster than shipping by sea, but the cost can be as much as 4 times more than by ocean. Cross border trucking between Thailand and India can make sense if the origin of your cargo is on the western side of Thailand and the destination is on the northeastern area of India.