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Shipping from Thailand to USA Or Any Countries: A Practical Guide

Shipping from Thailand to Your Country: Practical Import Guide
Sourcing products from Thailand can be quite cost-effective. I am an advocate for sourcing from Thailand . This is because it is price-competitive. Moreover, the products are a lot more unique than those produced in China. I know that Alibaba and China’s suppliers make their shipment so easy and convenient! But I am here to tell you that shipping product from Thailand is not that difficult either. For example, shipping from Thailand to USA is fast. And you also have many options to choose from from from FedEx to Thai post.

So if you would like to know which international courier service providers are available in Thailand, which way is the easiest to ship product, how much will it cost, and how long it will take from Thailand to your continent, let’s jump into it!

What Are the Available International Courier Service Providers?

Here are some options for shipping from Thailand to the USA. But these are mostly applicable to any other countries.

  • Thai Post: This is the basic option you can choose. It is going to be the cheapest and also widely available in all provinces. If you would like to do a product drop-shipping, this option will be the most convenient. Because the Thai post office will be located in most areas of the country.

    However, I found that Thai Post is pretty similar to United States Postal Service. From time to time, you can say that their service is a bit disappointing compared to other private companies. Especially during the pandemic situation where all postal service seems to struggle to keep their schedule on time. Their system is not the best.

    I used to ship products to Europe when the pandemic just hit Thailand in 2020. I asked the staff at the Thai post counter twice, to ensure that I could really ship with an air option to Europe. She said yes. However, after a few days, I found that the status had never been moving. I needed to call a few places from the branch I shipped with then the Thai Post head office. Before I found out that the air option was not available since the day I shipped it!?

    They did not know how that staff could possibly put that shipment in their system that day! It turned out my product was shipped by sea instead. And well, it would take 3-4 months instead of 20 days! And, there’s nothing I could do about it except expressed my apology to my client!

    So, the advantage of this option is that it is the cheapest. Given its many branches in all provinces, Thai Post is probably the most convenient for shipping from Thailand to USA. However, there is a medium to high risk of late delivery.
  • USPS: is another basic option for shipping from Thailand to USA. However, I am not aware of USPS storefront in Thailand. But you sure can select USPS option when shipping through the freight broker, more on that later.
Shipping from Thailand to Your Country: Practical Import Guide
  • FedEx & DHL: Both FedEx and DHL have its branch here in Thailand. You can register on their Thailand website. Both can offer a pick-up service which means wherever you or your business counterparts are in Thailand, FedEx and DHL offer to pick up the packages from your door.This option is credible as they are the global brand operators.

    However, I find it more expensive than using a freight broker because they are buying space on the cargo or the plane in bulk, and gain a better economy of scale than each individual does. Also, personally, FedEx and DHL form that I had to fill out for each shipment was such a huge pain. It took me too long to complete the form. So, for me, this option is neither cost nor time efficient.
  • Local freight broker: A freight broker is a middleman between shippers, like you and me, and the carriers. The broker is responsible for picking up packages from shippers and facilitating the movement of the freight. The broker is also responsible for keeping shippers inform on the load status. The shipping cost that you pay via the broker is a little cheaper (sometimes, a lot, depending on the carrier or option you choose) than shipping directly with the carrier itself.

    Also, I found that the broker’s platform is usually more user-friendly. The broker will take care of the shipping form. You only need to fill in some required information. For example, product detail, package weight, and size. It will be a lot less confusing than filling out a lengthy FedEx form.

In Summary, Which Option I Recommend?

I have always used the broker to ship both my and my clients’ products to other countries. However, there is an exception that this option is not available for some countries – so far, I only found Russia.

The broker I have used and trusted is Fastship. Their customer service is good. And the price they offer is also relatively competitive in the industry, especially for shipping from Thailand to USA. However, they are only offering an air-freight option. For sea-freight, just in case your product is bulky, I have used Terrestrial. And I also used to connect with Pack at Post which is pretty good as well.

This article is for you, if you are researching a winning product to import from Thailand.

How Long Will It Take and How Much Will It Cost?

For a price benchmark, let me give you an estimated price for shipping a small envelope. Note: small envelope must be less than 5 cm thick and weigh less than 250 grams.

Shipping from Thailand to the US, it is going to cost somewhere around 500 THB (USD 16) to 950 THB (USD 30). The cheapest option belongs to Thai Post (10-20 days) and the most expensive option is FedEx (3-5 business days). Note that these are not the fridge option. If you are importing food that requires low-temperature storage, it can cost around 2,000 THB (USD 64).

Shipping from Thailand to UK, it is going to cost somewhere around 450 THB (USD 14.5) to 950 THB (USD 30). The cheapest option belongs to USPS (7-10 days) and the most expensive option is FedEx (3-5 business days). Note that these are not the fridge option. If you are importing food that requires low-temperature storage, it can cost around 2,000 THB (USD 64).

Have you tried shipping something from Thailand to your country? Or if you need more help, leave them in the comment section below. I’m more than willing to help!

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