Shipping Cost from Thailand to the UK
Many factors go into the cost of shipping from Thailand to UK, including location, size, and shipping mode: sea FCL, sea LCL, air, or express. This guide will give you pricing estimates for each shipping mode from popular ports in Thailand to popular ports in UK.
Ocean Freight from Thailand to the UK
Ocean Freight FCL
FCL, or full container load, means your goods fill an entire container, either 20’ or 40’ long. If you are shipping at a high volume, you’ll save time and money by shipping FCL. Pricing for FCL is done as a flat rate, regardless of whether or not your container is completely full.
Learn more about FCL here.
Container shipping rates from Thailand to the UK: 40’ container
|Shipping from Bangkok (THBKK Port)||Shipping from Laem Chabang (THLCH Port)|
|Shipping to Southampton (GBSOU Port)||$1,906||$1,831|
|Shipping to Felixstowe (GBFXT Port)||$1,848||$1,779|
|Shipping to London (GBLON Port)||$2,285||$2,135|
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Ocean Freight LCL
LCL, or less than a container load, means your goods do not fill an entire container, and will be shipped along with other boxes or pallets. Note that when you ship LCL, your goods will need to be consolidated at the origin port and deconsolidated at the destination port.
That’s why LCL shipping takes a few days longer than FCL.
|Shipping from Bangkok||Shipping from Laem Chabang|
|Shipping to Southampton||$695||$728|
|Shipping to Felixstowe||$706||$728|
|Shipping to London||$690||$728|
Air Freight from Thailand to the UK
|Shipping from Bangkok||Shipping from Laem Chabang|
|Shipping to Southampton||$1,332||$1,732|
|Shipping to Felixstowe||$1,336||$1,732|
|Shipping to London||$1,319||$1,716|
Air cargo shipping cost from Thailand to the UK per kg
Shipping by air is generally faster but more expensive than shipping by ocean, so the mode you choose will depend on the size and weight of your shipment, and how quickly you need it to arrive at destination.
For help choosing which mode is right for your shipment, use our air vs. ocean comparison calculator.
When you’re shipping air, the price per kg decreases the larger your shipment’s weight:
|Chargeable weight||10 kg||100 kg||300 kg|
|Price per kg||$47.97||$9.29||$5.74|
Shipping from Thailand to the UK transit time
Ocean, Air and Express freight transit time from Thailand to the UK
How long will it take to ship from Thailand to UK? Your shipment’s transit time will be impacted by location, shipment size, and season. Use the following table for timing estimates for each shipping mode from Thailand to UK.
|Port to Port||Door to Door|
|Sea Freight (FCL)||30-35 days||45-49 days|
|Sea Freight (LCL)||35-40 days||46-51 days|
|Air Freight||3-5 days||6-14 days|
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Top shipping routes from Thailand to the UK
When you’re shipping from Thailand to the UK, there are many different viable routes that you might want to ship.
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The top 3 shipping lanes for shipping freight from Thailand to the UK are:
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Cheapest shipping from Thailand to the UK?
When you’re shipping from Thailand to the UK, you can choose from one of four modes: FCL sea freight, LCL sea freight, air freight, or express. Here are key factors for each mode:
FCL Sea Freight from Thailand to the UK
FCL, or full container load, means your goods fill an entire container, either 20’ or 40’ long. If you are shipping at a high volume, you’ll save time and money by shipping FCL. Pricing for FCL is done as a flat rate, regardless of whether or not your container is completely full. Learn more about FCL here.
LCL Sea Freight from Thailand to the UK
LCL, or less than a container load, means your goods do not fill an entire container, and will be shipped along with other boxes or pallets. Note that when you ship LCL, your goods will need to be consolidated at the origin port and deconsolidated at the destination port. That’s why LCL shipping takes a few days longer than FCL.
Air Freight from Thailand to the UK
Shipping by air is generally faster but more expensive than shipping by sea. For help choosing which mode is right for your shipment, use our air vs. ocean comparison calculator.
Express from Thailand to the UK
When you have a small shipment and need it delivered as quickly as possible, you might consider express.
What are incoterms and how do they affect freight prices from Thailand to the UK?
When you’re comparing freight quotes, note the level of service the freight forwarder is offering.
For example, if you’re shipping from Bangkok, Thailand to Felixstowe, UK, you’re going to want to ask your supplier about the cost difference between shipping from the supplier’s warehouse in Bangkok– which means using the EXW incoterm– and shipping from the port of Bangkok(THBKK) – which means using the FOB incoterm.
Prices for FOB are typically lower, but shipping FOB doesn’t mean your total costs will necessarily be lower. You might make up the cost by paying your supplier to bring your goods to port. When comparing prices, take all your costs into account.
Note that some incoterms, including FOB, are used for sea shipping only.
Learn all about incoterms here.
What customs duties and taxes will I owe when shipping from Thailand to the UK?
When importing from Thailand to UK, you will need to pay Customs Duty and VAT before your goods are released into the country. Customs and VAT can be significant. Researching your costs early can keep you from getting caught by surprise.
Customs duty is calculated based on the HS Code, which is an international system for classifying goods for trade. Different products have different duty percentages, generally ranging from 0-12%, determined by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. You’ll pay this percentage on the total value of the goods.
So let’s say your shipment is worth $10,000, and your product is taxed for duties at 10%. Your duty amount is $1,000.
VAT is calculated based on the cost of your goods, plus the cost of shipping them, plus duty. The standard VAT rate in Y is 20%.
So for your $10,000 shipment that cost $1,000 to ship, you’ll pay: 20% of (10,000+1,000+1,000) = $2,400.
How the Customs Process Works
When goods arrive at port, customs officials will first check to make sure all your paperwork is in order, and then calculate the amount of duties owed and collect payment. After payment, goods will be released.
To handle customs clearance, you can hire your own broker, or use the brokerage provided by your freight forwarder. If you book on Freightos, you can use our brokerage services as well.
Do I need insurance to ship from Thailand to the UK?
When calculating your shipping costs, don’t forget to protect yourself in case your goods are damaged or lost. You can do this through your freight forwarder or a third party insurance agent. Insurance costs are typically around 0.3% – 0.5% of your Commercial Invoice Value, which is the amount you paid for the goods.
What paperwork do I need to ship from Thailand to the UK?
When shipping freight from Thailand to the UK, in addition to standard shipping paperwork such as the Commercial Invoice, you will need an EORI number. Anyone shipping from outside to inside the European Union needs this number in order to clear customs. To apply, click here if you are VAT registered, here if you’re not.
Use our paperwork checklist here to make sure all your paperwork is in order before you ship.
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Shipping ports in Thailand
Your factory, supplier, or freight forwarder will likely advise you which port is best for your export from Thailand, based on location, ease of customs clearance, transit time, port volume, and any relationships or agreements between the factory and the port.
If you’re choosing a port on your own, important factors to consider include location, cost, and transit time. Here are the top ports for exporting from Thailand:
Port Name: Bangkok
Port code: THBKK
Port Name: Laem Chabang
Port code: THLCH
Port Name: Phuket
Port code: THHKT
Shipping ports in UK
These are the top ports for importing into UK:
Port Name: Felixstowe
Port code: GBFXT
Port Name: Southampton
Port code: GBSOU
Port Name: London
Port code: GBLON
How long does it take to ship a container from Thailand to UK?
It depends on which shipping mode you use. Shipping express can take as few as 1-4 days– but express is the most expensive mode, and is not suitable for large shipments. Air freight shipping will take about 6-14 days. Sea freight shipping takes 45-49 days, but is the most affordable if you can wait.
How much to ship a container from Thailand to UK?
On average, it costs $1,964 to ship one 40’ container from Thailand to UK during peak season.
What’s the cheapest time of month to book from Thailand to UK?
Carriers can introduce increases to shipping charges, called General Rate Increases (GRIs) at the start of each month. But, toward the middle of the month as they try to fill supply on vessels, they often lower these prices. That means booking during the latter two weeks of the month can often save you money.
Tips for Keeping Down Costs and Shipping Time from Thailand-UK
- Book in advance. Shipping by sea is the cheapest, but also takes the longest. Booking in advance when you can saves you money– and cuts out the stress if delays arise.
- Ship off-peak. When carriers get busy, both shipping prices and transit times go up. Ship during off-peak seasons whenever you can.
- Get your documentation in order. Having your documentation in order can make all the difference when it comes to clearing customs quickly.
- Know your HS Codes. A lot of shippers are surprised by how much customs fees can affect business costs. Do your research so you can budget effectively.
- Compare quotes from different providers. Quotes can vary, so check out offers from different providers before making a decision.
- Understand what’s included in your quote. Is your quote port to port or door to door? What service does it include? Know what you’re paying for to avoid getting hit with surprise fees.