Thailand: Additional control measures for “customs free zones”

Additional requirements for both CFZ establishers and the CFZ users in commercial CFZs

Additional requirements for both CFZ establishers and the CFZ users in commercial CFZs

The Thai Customs Department has launched additional control measures for “customs free zones” (CFZ).

Additional requirements set out in Customs Notification No. 22/2022, for both CFZ establishers and the CFZ users in commercial CFZs, concern:

  • CFZ area: Each specific location will have minimum area requirements for the establishment of a commercial CFZ.
  • CFZ businesses: The businesses of a commercial CFZ establisher must be related to industrial operations, activities that add to the value of goods, or other businesses that provide benefit to the country—including commercial services such as international logistics, distribution, repacking, and labeling, etc. 
  • Customs office area: The customs office space is not to be less than 40 square meters, located in an appropriate area near the checking post, and comprising office equipment, a customs electronic system (TCES), and receiving and delivery control systems such as bar code systems, electric weighting systems, CCTV, etc.
  • Customs measures: Both the CFZ establisher and the CFZ user need to comply with new control systems for the following:
    • Inventory control—there must be an inventory control system in place which meets the minimum requirements of the customs control system for electronic customs clearance.
    • Customs control system categories:
      • Automotive vehicles 
      • Liquor, wine, cigarettes, or goods with customs risks
      • Common goods

New CFZ establishers or CFZ users in a commercial CFZ (businesses beginning operation on or after 14 February 2022) must comply with the new measures stated in the notification beginning 14 February 2022.

Existing CFZ establishers or CFZ users in a commercial CFZ (businesses in operation before 14 February 2022) must become compliant with the new measures stated in the notification before 1 October 2022.


Read an April 2022 report prepared by the KPMG member firm in Thailand

 

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