The Kingdom of Thailand is a country at the centre of the Indochinese peninsula in mainland Southeast Asia. Thailand is the world’s 51st-largest country, and the 20th most-populous, with around 66 million people. Its large population and growing economic influence have made it a middle power in the region and around the world. Learn more about export from the US to Thailand.

Thailand is the second-largest economy in Southeast Asia, after Indonesia. Its capital and largest city is Bangkok, which is Thailand’s political, commercial, industrial, and cultural hub.

Thailand is considered a newly industrialized country and is a major exporter, with exports accounting for more than two-thirds of its GDP. Manufacturing, agriculture, and tourism are leading sectors of the economy. Thailand represents a vital and growing market-get your business involved in it through export from the US to Thailand.

Full Container Load (FCL) or Groupage (LCL)

Standard shipping containers come in 20-foot and 40-foot sizes. When you are shipping a container to Thailand, you will have two further options: a full container load (FCL) or a less-than-container load (LCL, or groupage).

Ten standard pallets is the maximum capacity of a 20-foot container; a 40-foot container will carry 22 standard pallets. If your shipping volume is equal to at least half of a 20-foot container (six pallets or more), then a full container load (FCL) will suit your needs.

You may wish to engage FCL as well even for a smaller shipment if you want to separate your goods from those of other exporters. If isolation of goods is not a concern, you could choose to share a container with other exporters in a practice known as groupage (LCL). Groupage requires you to pay only for the space you need. Consult iContainers for rates and other important information.

Ocean Freight Routes to Thailand

  • Bangkok
    Popularly known as Khlong Toei Port, this is an international port located on the Chao Phraya River. It is primarily a cargo port, and one of the world’s 100 busiest container ports. The port handled 13,158,130 tons of cargo in the first eight months of the 2010 fiscal year, about 22 percent of the total of all of the country’s international ports.

  • Laem Chabang
    Thailand’s largest port is located about 16 miles north of Pattaya. As of 2011 it was the 22nd-busiest container port in the world. Much of the international shipping reaching Thailand goes through Laem Chabang. Covering an area of 2,572 acres, it is the main deep-sea port of Thailand and consists of several minor ports that feature terminals for general cargo, RORO, containers, and passengers.

  • Songkhla
    This port is located at the entrance of Songkhla Lake in Singhanakorn District. Its major export cargoes are rubber, frozen seafood, canned foods, and furniture. Its major import cargoes are reefer tuna and equipment. It covers 271 acres and features three berths. Its container berth handles 160,000 TEUs annually, and its conventional cargo berth handles 600,000 tons each year.

Air Freight Transportation to Thailand

If you are working against a short deadline or with an urgent shipment, air freight may be worth investigating. Air freight comes with some limitations in terms of volume and weight; iContainers provides a calculator to help you determine whether this is the right option for you.