CUSTOMS CLEARANCE IN THAILAND
Importing medical devices into Thailand is more difficult than in other countries in the region. It is important to work with an importer with staff experienced with medical device imports to avoid customs clearance delays and added costs.
Unique to the customs clearance process for medical devices in Thailand is the requirement for a License Per Invoice (LPI) approved by the Thai FDA for each shipment. The Import License holder must apply with credentials, the original Import License, and original shipping documents (e.g., Air Waybill, shipping invoice and packing list) submitted online to Thai FDA. (The one-time fee to the TFDA for LPI submission which includes the Stamp Duty, Power of Attorney, and document submission). The FDA will confirm that all devices included in the shipment (by part number) are covered by a valid import license and then issue the LPI. The application review process take 1 to 2 days. The resulting License Per Invoice document is a required element of the customs clearance process for registered medical devices, accessories and spare parts.