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Outboard boat ruling taxes Customs

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PHUKET: After 10 days of cross-checking and confusion, Customs officials in Bangkok have now confirmed that there is no import tax on motorboats with outboard engines. Two boat owners wanting to import such boats contacted the Gazette after being informed that the 30% import tax still applied to these boats, although tax on leisure boats was dropped on February 18. One, Paul Nelson from Australia, forwarded a copy of an email he had received from the Customs Department Call Center in Bangkok, supposedly the source of all knowledge on customs matters. Mr Nelson contacted the Call Center to ask whether the outboard motors on his boat (not the boat itself) would be liable for import tax. The reply, from an officer signing herself Phakawalee W, was: “There is still duty tax for boat[s] with outboard motors. Rate of duty is 30%.” The Deputy Chief of Customs in Phuket, Teera Paesathitthavorn, initially agreed with K. Phakawalee, confirming that motorboats with outboards were still liable to import duty of 30%. K. Teera also urged anyone with questions “not to hesitate to ask Customs officers … to explain the regulations.” Further Gazette inquiries, however, revealed a deep divide in the Customs Department between those who believed that boats with outboards should be taxed at 30% and those who believed that there should be no duty on them. The new law on boat import duties divides vessels “for pleasure or sports” into four categories, all subject to zero duty. The categories are: 8903.10, Inflatables; 8903.91, Sailboats, with or without auxiliary motor; 8903.92, Motorboats, other than outboard motorboats; and 8903.99, Other. Many Customs officials, including K. Phakawalee at the Call Center, appear to have interpreted the wording of 8903.92 to mean that motorboats with outboards were specifically excluded from the benefits of the zero tax. The oracle on such matters is the Customs Tariff Division (CTD), which interprets the rules for other officers. Teeradej Sirisawaswatthana of the CTD explained to the Gazette that outboard motorboats, because they were excluded from category 8903.92, fall into the “other” category, 8903.99, and are therefore, like all leisure boats, exempt from import tax. He added that the CTD had distributed information on the zero tax to all relevant Customs offices, including the Call Center. “It’s a new law, and I have already told them about it. But I think maybe they have not updated their information yet,” he said. “Normally, we put new information on the Customs intranet and distribute documentation so that all related offices know about it. That’s all we can do.” He added, “I am not authorized to criticize how they work, but I have got them to understand it now.” Phatcharee Fakhum, Supervisor of the Call Center echoed K. Teeradej’s explanation of how information is disseminated. “In this case,” she said, “I need to check with the staff member who replied to this particular case. I have to apologize in advance if there was some confusion. “It may be because of confusion about the goods being imported – motor boat with outboard engine, or outboard engine by itself,” she said. All Customs officials interviewed stressed that while fully-equipped boats may be imported duty-free, there is still duty on components imported separately, including outboard motors. The CTD is on the 13th floor of the 120 Year Building, Thanon Sunthornkosa, Klong Toey, Bangkok 10110, Tel: 667-7299, 667-7195 or 667-7204, email : tariff@customs.go.th

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Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain

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The Thailand Meteorological Department issued a weather warning for southern Thailand with torrential rain forecast to hit the region throughout the weekend. The heavy monsoon over the Gulf of Thailand and south of the country is being blamed for the rough weather, with the TMD predicting flash flooding in many areas.

(Phuket, Hat Yai and Hua Hin’s forecast below)

“Waves are expected to reach 2 metres in height in the lower Gulf of Thailand and possibly higher at the height of the storm. Ships are advised to proceed with caution.”

For the north and northeast of Thailand, the TMD forecasts strong winds and cooler mornings as the arrival of the “winter” season, coupled with a moderate high-pressure system, causes temperatures to dip.

Hua Hin’s five day forecast

Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain | News by The Thaiger

Phuket’s five day forecast

Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain | News by The Thaiger

Hat Yai’s five day forecast

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SOURCE: The Nation | weather.com

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Now you see him, now you don’t… Patong Police hunt foreigner over $30k theft

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Patong Police have yet to develop any tangible leads tracking down a foreigner who made off with US$30,000 in cash from a currency exchange booth in Kalim, north of Patong in Phuket, last Tuesday.

The man is about 168 centimetres tall with grey hair and around 60 years old, Patong police told The Phuket News.

“We have no clue what nationality he is.”

He was last seen at the currency exchange booth wearing a purple polo shirt, blue jeans and black cap. Police have checked hotels in the area, police stations across the island and Phuket Immigration, but have yet to join the dots and come up with firm leads.

“Investigators have checked CCTV in the area and collected what evidence we have but we still do not know the man’s name or where he was staying.”

The man had visited the booth several times before Tuesday, when he disappeared with the $30,000 in US banknotes, according to police.

“It was always small amounts”, he added, noting that the amounts didn’t warrant staff at the exchange booth to check the man’s passport before making the exchange.

The man arrived at the booth again at about 1pm on Tuesday, saying that he had 900,000 baht cash to exchange.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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