Are you planning to import your favourite alcoholic beverage for commercial purposes, or intending to supply wines from abroad to wholesalers in Thailand? Let us help you to apply for the appropriate licenses. The process may seem lengthy, but we break down the steps for you here in order to provide a clear understanding of the requirements. Applications for alcohol-related licenses are to be submitted at the Thai Excise Department. Please note that different types of alcohol may have slightly different requirements.
Acquiring a license to import and sell alcohol has recently become easier in Thailand as the government revoked the required license to store alcohol. Now, businesses will need to apply for alcohol license depending on how they will be selling it: Alcohol License Type 1 - wholesale distribution OR Alcohol License Type 2 - retail distribution.
Import for non-trade requires:
Import for trade - Licenses to sell imported alcohol requires:
The first step is submitting your application for the license to sell alcohol and registration for the importer of alcohol at the Excise Office responsible for the district in which your company has its registered address – whether you are allowed to use the space for doing so.
We will require the following documents to submit your application:
The Officials will evaluate the location of your business, type of the operations, make sure you comply and do not in any way, violate against the regulations or operate based on restrictions, such as, selling alcoholic beverage in school zone. Once they have approved, they will report to you.
Once your company has obtained the license to sell alcohol, the next step is requesting approval of your labels from the Excise Department. For this, you will need to request the following documents from your manufacturer/supplier abroad: