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Moving Abroad to Thailand

Thailand known as the Kingdom of Thailand is located in South East Asia. Those moving to Thailand will find the country covers a land area of 198,115 square miles. The land area of Thailand is around twice the size of the United Kingdom.

Thailand is close to the Gulf of Thailand and is bounded by the countries of Myanmar to the north west, with Laos to the north east, Cambodia to the south east and Malaysia to the south of Thailand.

Those moving to Thailand will find it has a population of 69.9 million people meaning its population is similar to that of the UK. The capital of the country is Bangkok, which has a population of over 8 million people. Thailand is split into 76 provinces (changwat), and there are 2 special governed districts of the capital Bangkok (Krung Thep Maha Nakhon) and the district of Pattaya.

The largest 10 cities to be found in Thailand include Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pak Kret, Hat Yai, Udon Thani, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Surat Thani, Khon Kaen, and Nakhon Si Thammarat.

We have been providing bespoke moving services internationally for over 50 years. As experts, we can provide you the proper resources for moving abroad to Thailand.

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Planning Your Move To Thailand

When planning your move to Thailand, we advise that you speak to a specialist international removal company – not your local domestic mover – to help navigate any potential pitfalls.

To speak with an advisor, call or email today and our expert staff will be in contact with you shortly to help.

When contacting our international team directly, you will be given the resources to make a formal enquiry with a precise overview of the regulations we undertake to make sure your moving process to Thailand is smooth sailing. This includes an overview of the approach we will take to complete a thorough, premium, end-to-end moving service.

When enquiring about moving from the UK to Thailand, please provide us with the following: the volume, access, packing requirements and shipping method – so that we can provide the best reliable resources unique to your relocation.

After you book with Abels, you will be introduced to a Customer Liaison Move Coordinator, booking, organizing and managing matters when moving to Thailand.

Talk To Our International Moving Experts

We can help to plan and coordinate your international move to Thailand.

Export Packing For Thailand

Abels Moving Services advises that Packing is a recommendation for all your items and possessions when moving to Thailand. Furniture will be wrapped and protected by woollen blankets when items are transported to accompany you on your new life in Thailand. At Abels, we provide Expert Packing Services.

Export Packing is a way of protecting items when in transit. It utilises either a 6 ply paper blanket that has a wax inner and a water resistant outer or tough bubble blanket that has a soft cloth inner and robust outer to ensure corners are not exposed. Certain items will need to be card covered, put into a carton or an additional layer of the above wrap to add extra protection – items such as polished furniture, antiques, delicate legs, mirror and glass fronted units.

The level of protection that is needed when moving items for example by road is less stringent but for moving your items travelling thousands of miles in either 20ft Containers or 40ft Containers on their sea journey to Thailand then they will need additional Export Packing protection. Please remember that the goods will be “handled” many times including wrapping, loading the container, road journey to the port, container hoist removes and stacks, container hoist moves from the stack to the loading area near the vessel, loading the vessel crane gantry, sea journey and then the same in reverse. So the protection is paramount in ensuring the contents longevity.

With Abels Moving Services the highest quality packing materials are utilized. If you wish to pack items yourself for your move, our removal teams are always happy to make arrangements for your items. However, please be assured that our packing teams are trained and employed for their professionalism, so your items will be in the best condition when they arrive with you in Thailand.


Fine Art & Specialist Packing Services

Moving Fine Art needs great care and will involve Enhanced Export Packing when shipping to Thailand. Items such as Fine Art Paintings and valuable pieces of furniture along with delicate items such as moving a Grand Father Clock, packing and shipping Barometers, transporting chandeliers all need careful handling while being packed in a specific way. The use of special cases built especially for these items needs to be utilized to give the highest level of protection. Find out more information about Moving Antiques, Fine Art, and Valuables.

The Abels team is specially trained in moving objects abroad, taking care and precision when handling specialist goods. With years of expertise, we have a plethora of Moving Advice to relieve stress and provide reassurance.

Airfreight For Thailand

In Thailand there are 7 International Airports these being Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK), Don Mueang International Airport (DMK), Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX), Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai International Airport (CEI), Hat Yai International Airport (HDY), Pluket International Airport (HKT), U-Tapao International Airport (UTP) and Udon Thani International Airport (UTH).

The Suvarnabhui International Airport in Bangkok now handles over 53,000,000 passengers per year.

With sea transit times for shipping your possessions from the UK to Thailand taking in the order of 7 to 9 weeks, you may consider to send some of your consignment by Airfreight. Items for Airfreight will need to be Professionally Packed (due to security restrictions not permitting owner packed cartons) and are then loaded into heat treated modules of various sizes and then waterproof covered for added protection against the elements.

Please allow 2 weeks transit door to door for airfreight to allow for UK and Thailand Security and Customs assessments before delivery is permitted to your new home.

See More information about airfreight shipments.

Enjoy A Stress-Free Move Abroad With Abels

Get in touch with our international removal experts to see how we can help with your move today.

Customs Information

The import of your personal items and household goods into Thailand are subject to import and export rules and regulations. 

Your Abels Move Manager will provide you with tailored information to guide you through this part of the relocation process.

For now, here is a little breakdown of what to expect to help you start planning your move abroad.  

For your items to clear customs, you will need to provide some specific documentation. Our friendly team will discuss these requirements with you ahead of your move, the documents required at customs will depend on your status and personal situation. 

Explore the FIDI Customs Guide for Thailand, for further guidance ahead of your move consultation with a trusted member of the Abels team.

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Shipping Services For Thailand

Larger volumes and full house moves will be shipped within a 20ft or 40ft shipping container. If access permits we always try and load the container outside your residence. This allows you to see our removal team’s skill and care of loading and stowing safely and the sealing of the container with our uniquely numbered container bolt seals. Where access is not suitable for this size of vehicle, goods may be loaded via Abels warehouse ( you are of course welcome to come and witness the loading ) or in a location close to your property utilising a small shuttle truck to ferry between your home and the container.

Shipping lines will offer some companies low cost freight yet there is a big risk to the quality of container that arrives and the transit time it then takes. Abels buy our containers through an organisation that negotiates for a supply of A1 class containers that are without fractures to the outer case, dry, clean, odour free containers on our behalf that have an almost guaranteed transit time. If goods stay within a container that has an odour this will remain on the goods when delivered, fractures in the outer will gain water ingress.

Smaller volumes can be shipped as LCL (less than container load). Your possessions will be taken to Abels warehouse for loading into heat treated wooden crates ready for shipping.

Transit times to Various Ports in Thailand from the UK, ie from port to port is normally between approximately 28 to 46 days on the water. Vessels depart the UK weekly to ports such as Bangkok, Bangkok Lat Krabang, Laem Chabanc and Songkhla in Thailand. You should allow approximately 7 to 9 weeks door to door from your property in the UK to your property in Thailand (times depend on delays due to weather, strikes, re-routing containers, vessel malfunction, customs inspections – however this guide is normally reasonably accurate)

Read more on these methods about shipping options when moving abroad.

Destination Services For Thailand

Abels select our partners from those with the highest quality accreditations. These will normally hold the FIDI-faim quality award to ensure that the standards enjoyed with Abels Moving Services is continued to perform the Customs Clearance and Delivery Service. It’s too late to find that the agents selected are not of the highest standard, so we ensure we use the best on your behalf.

Our destination partners will be advised of your shipment shortly following the departure of the container from the UK. They will make contact with you near to when the container is due to arrive in Thailand so that they can perform the Customs clearance process on your behalf.

Following Customs clearance our partners will contact you to arrange the delivery date of your possessions. Normal service includes delivery, unpacking, set up of normal furniture (not Ikea kit furniture unless agreed) removal and disposal of waste packaging materials and return of the shipping container to wharf. Should you prefer, arrangements can be made for a put away service / maid cleaning / relocation or settling in services – should you have specific requirements, please discuss with your Abels Customs Service Manager or Customs Liaison.

Our destination agent will have the professional experience and local knowledge to handle all the details of import documents, customs clearance and delivery of your possessions for you in Thailand. Abels Moving Services endeavours to ensure your arrival at your new home overseas is smooth and trouble-free, to allow you to settle in as swiftly as possible.

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Above all, we want you to think of Abels for your next move and the one after that, we don’t simply wish to buy your current move at the risk of losing your future business, goodwill and recommendations!

At Abels, we have a dedicated team that will ensure your move abroad is stress-free! Make An Enquiry today regarding your move to Thailand.

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