Exporting guide to Thailand


Thailand is located in South East Asia between Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma) and Malaysia and is one of the largest economies in the region.

Access to new markets

Thailand’s geographical setting makes the country a hub for UK businesses looking to access opportunities in the Greater Mekong sub-region. It’s a good strategic location for exporting to Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma) and southern China.

There are already a large number of British VAT-registered businesses exporting to Thailand with openings for SMEs as well as large corporations.

A temple in Thailand

Thailand: at a glance

Economic growth


Actual figure (IMF, 2020)
The UK is -9.3% (IMF, 2020, actual figure)

GDP per capita


Actual figure (IMF, 2020)
The UK is $41,127 (IMF, 2020, projected figure)


Thai baht

Business languages


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Time zone

GMT + 7

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Trade barriers, such as tariffs or taxes, can raise costs, cause delays, or even stop you from exporting. Check for any issues that may impact your business when exporting.

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Check duties and customs

Find information on how to export goods from the UK. View the duties, rules, restrictions, and the documents you need for your products.

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Next steps

DIT can advise you on doing business abroad, and help put you in touch with other people who can help such as lawyers and distributors.