Tax-Evading Travelers Targeted By Immigration, Customs

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Thailand’s immigration department has issued a stern warning to those who travel out of the kingdom often and have gotten into the practice of bringing luxury items back with them to sell online.

The warning is simple. Import duties have to be paid, the department says.

The Nation quoted immigration deputy spokesman Pol Col Choengron Rimpadee on Sunday as saying “We’ve had reports about people even taking orders in advance for goods to bring back”.

Choengron said immigration officials would work with the Thai Customs Department to prevent such tax evasion, with a particular focus on Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang International Airport.

According to the deputy spokesman, the tax evaders they were targeting travel most often to Singapore, Hong Kong and France on a frequent basis.

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