Commerce Ministry eyes Asian top-five trade ranking

The Commerce Ministry has set a goal to raise Thailand’s international trade value to Asia’s top five by 2027, up from eighth in 2019, by focusing on value-added industries such as digital, food and healthcare.To achieve the goal, Thailand would need to fetch at least ...

Phusadee Arunmas

Exports drop, but show signs of recovery

Exports were again in negative territory last month but the figures still bolstered confidence at the Commerce Ministry that the worst of the slump might be over.The ministry reported on Monday that exports in July contracted 11.37% year-on-year to US$18.8 billion as the coronavirus pandemic ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Cross-border trade drops by over 9% in first half

Thailand’s cross-border trade fell by 9.18% year-on-year in the first half, attributed to lockdown measures and the slowing economies of neighbouring countries.The Foreign Trade Department reported overall cross-border trade, including transit trade, totalled 627 billion baht for January to June, with Malaysia the biggest partner ...

Phusadee Arunmas

Trade department to push for RCEP signing in October

The Department of Trade Negotiations will urge the Cabinet in October to consider signing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) pact, the department’s director general Auramon Supthaweethum said.She added that the vetting of all 20 chapters of the accord had been completed and that it ...

The Nation Reporter

Exports may shrink 15% this year: shippers

Thailand’s exports may contract by 15% this year as the coronavirus pandemic hits global demand and a stubbornly strong baht adds to pressure, a shipping association said on Tuesday.Exports, a key driver of growth, slumped 15.2% in the second quarter from a year earlier and ...

China demand spiking for Thai durian

The Chinese appetite for Thai durians remains strong despite the coronavirus pandemic and weak global demand for goods.According to Commerce Ministry data, Thailand exported US$567.29 million worth of durians to China in the first four months of 2020, up 78% year-on-year from the same period ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Thailand – Cambodia border reopening proposed to resume bilateral trade

A vice chairman of the Sa Kaeo provincial council has proposed the reopening of the Aranyaprathet border crossing to resume border trade.Thongwara Maksakhon, the vice chairman of the provincial council, said that he would like to ask relevant authorities to make it clear if or ...

Thai exports in May hit lowest level in years

Thailand’s exports in May amounted to $16.278 billion, the lowest in the past four years, the Trade Policy and Strategy Office said on Wednesday (June 24).Exports were hit due to the ongoing global Covid-19 crisis, its impact on consumers’ purchasing power, as well as the ...

The Nation Reporter

Ministry to consider tax perks to stimulate retail spending

The Finance Ministry is ready to consider retail operators’ proposal for tax breaks on shopping to stimulate domestic spending, says Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana.The ministry has delegated related agencies, including the Fiscal Policy Office, the Revenue Department and the Excise Department, to examine the possibilities, ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Industrial group supports Thailand joining CPTPP

The Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) supports the move to make Thailand a member of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) to boost the nation’s international trade in the post-pandemic period.The panel’s stance, unveiled on Tuesday by the ...

Lamonphet Apisitniran

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