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    How to start exporting from Thailand?

    Can anyone offer advice on how to start exporting/selling online from Thailand?
    I plan to set up a website with travel information about Thailand - and include an online shop
    Does one need to have set up a registered co. to do this? Or can any individual do it?

    Any sites/resources where I can learn how to do this?
    or is it quite easy and I'm making it more complicated than it is

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by North Thailander View Post
    Can anyone offer advice on how to start exporting/selling online from Thailand?
    I plan to set up a website with travel information about Thailand - and include an online shop
    Does one need to have set up a registered co. to do this? Or can any individual do it?

    Any sites/resources where I can learn how to do this?
    or is it quite easy and I'm making it more complicated than it is

    Thanks

    I disagree with the negative quote above. Use Ebay, Alibaba.Com etc. Spend 2-3 months going round the country finding products and contacting their producers for prices, production capacity etc. Photograph painstaikingly every single item in high resolution (To catalogue online). Learn about how SEO works to drive google searchers to your site. If you aren't successful you dont need to worry about work permit etc because you wont be doing it! (you have to eat).

    However, if things work out (And with hard work they mostly do), you will have the income to do things "above board"

    Good Luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkkrunner
    I disagree with the negative quote above.
    I bow to your superior knowledge on the subject...oh and what quote are you referring to?..

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    Do Thais make anything on their own thats worth exporting ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HermantheGerman View Post
    Do Thais make anything on their own thats worth exporting ?
    Yeah, fakes.

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    I've sold stuff on Ebay in the past, not huge profits and the exchange rate isn't massively favourable for selling to farnagland at the moment but it can start you going and give you market awareness for what's going on whats selling and whats available, and get you familiar with wholesalers.

    there's loads of places in Panthip will knock you up a webshop as well if you can get yourself in there.

    Cheers

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    Thanks SiLeakHunt for the helpful response

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    Words of advice from a friend who exports car parts from Asia to the west via online shopping. Make sure your online activities are hosted and administered outside of Asia. The only activities performed in the country of manufacture should be stock control shipping and administration of monies.

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    for some reason things you'd ordinarily have an interest in seem to work eg I'm into clothes and fashion in a certain way, so I did well selling tshirt, not sure why maybe becasue I could enthuse about the product, maybe because I knew what worked I don't know, if you hate motorbikes selling motorbike parts won't work for you.

    There'll be a few hiccups here and there but thats part of the learning curve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiLeakHunt
    there's loads of places in Panthip will knock you up a webshop as well if you can get yourself in there.
    If you can't do that yourself then you shouldn't sell online.

    You'll need to find products that are cheap to ship, otherwise nobody will order as they will be able to find them cheaper overall back home.

    It's a difficult market at the moment with the strength of the Baht and stuff (especially garments) being ridiculously cheap in the West.

    You'd be far better off in China for online selling.

    Quote Originally Posted by bkkrunner
    However, if things work out (And with hard work they mostly do), you will have the income to do things "above board"
    To do it legit you will need a Thai Company Limited and minimum 2 million Baht capital fully paid up. You will also need to employ 4 Thais per foreigner to obtain a work permit.

    You can own 49% of the company but if you want it majority foreign owned (over 50%) then you will need to apply for a foreign business exemption as retail and wholesale sales is a business prohibited to majority foreign owned companies.

    Nominee shareholders will be investigated and prosecuted these days and if they find you are using Thais not involved in the business they will prosecute you for circumventing the foreign business laws. If more than 39% of the company is foreign owned you are virtually sure to be investigated to make sure you are not trying to circumvent these laws.

    The only possible way to do it initially is to do it illegally but limit your exposure and risk.

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    I had a nice little website running selling a product to the UK/Europe thats made in Thailand. Like has been mentioned the baht/ rate is diabolical at the moment so even a small fluctuation can hit profits as cost to buy and send goes up while the profit gets squeezed.

    The sites now offline as Im back in the UK but I was getting a hell of a lot of emails asking if/when I'd be selling again. Shame really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxion View Post
    Words of advice from a friend who exports car parts from Asia to the west via online shopping. Make sure your online activities are hosted and administered outside of Asia. The only activities performed in the country of manufacture should be stock control shipping and administration of monies.
    Why ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perota View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Maxion View Post
    Words of advice from a friend who exports car parts from Asia to the west via online shopping. Make sure your online activities are hosted and administered outside of Asia. The only activities performed in the country of manufacture should be stock control shipping and administration of monies.
    Why ?
    Who in their right mind would host a site in Thailand for international users?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perota View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Maxion View Post
    Words of advice from a friend who exports car parts from Asia to the west via online shopping. Make sure your online activities are hosted and administered outside of Asia. The only activities performed in the country of manufacture should be stock control shipping and administration of monies.
    Why ?
    Who in their right mind would host a site in Thailand for international users?

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    ^ He said ASIA, not Thailand.

    Taxwise, HK and Spore are good place to set up a business

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    if you have to ask here you are obviously not up to the job , a course in Business studies may be better for you .

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    Sorry I meant Asia

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    If your going to set up an online legit business in HK or Singapore. Its going to cost you, so I hope you know your market is strong.
    Doing business in Toyland is nigger rigged so you can have a go...

    ...Many have tried and many have......

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvbot
    The sites now offline as Im back in the UK but I was getting a hell of a lot of emails asking if/when I'd be selling again. Shame really.
    I'll take it over for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvbot
    I had a nice little website running selling a product to the UK/Europe thats made in Thailand. Like has been mentioned the baht/ rate is diabolical at the moment so even a small fluctuation can hit profits as cost to buy and send goes up while the profit gets squeezed.
    Why would the baht/ rate affect you if you are selling to Europe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slackula
    Why would the baht/ rate affect you if you are selling to Europe?
    Increase in postal charges and less return on goods sold in the UK ? Come on "slackula", I had you for being a sharp knife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slackula View Post
    Why would the baht/ rate affect you if you are selling to Europe?
    Because people were paying in 's from the UK into a Paypal account, this was then withdrawn to my UK bank account but then withdrawn in Thailand from an ATM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvbot
    Because people were paying in 's from the UK into a Paypal account, this was then withdrawn to my UK bank account but then withdrawn in Thailand from an ATM.
    You've time to edit your mistake. Or am I reading it wrong ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perota View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Maxion View Post
    Words of advice from a friend who exports car parts from Asia to the west via online shopping. Make sure your online activities are hosted and administered outside of Asia. The only activities performed in the country of manufacture should be stock control shipping and administration of monies.
    Why ?


    Hosting and payment systems are cheaper and more efficient outside of countries like Thailand. Billing through a local system just adds more complications to the process. Where would you prefer to hold your money, a Thai merchant account or a British one?

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    use google checkout or paypal for your transactions - do not try and set up a site with your own payment gateway - maybe when your turnover is huge you can then change.

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