Trade Compliance in Thailand

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International Conventions
Member of World Trade Organisation
Member of OECD
Party to the Kyoto Protocol
Party to the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
Party to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal
Party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer
Party of the International Coffee Agreement 2001
Main International Economic Cooperation
Thailand's foreign policy emphasizes a close and longstanding security relationship with the United States. It also strongly supports ASEAN's efforts to promote economic development, social integration, and stability throughout the region.

It has developed increasingly close ties with Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore. Regional cooperation is progressing in economic, trade, banking, political, and cultural matters.Thailand continues to take an active role on the international stage. As part of its effort to increase international ties, Thailand has reached out to such regional organizations as the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Thailand has contributed troops to reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq. As well as being a part of the Asian Free Trade Area (AFTA) and the ASEAN - China Free Trade Area, Thailand is now working closely with other ASEAN members to establish a free trade area with other countries such as India, China, Japan, Korea and the Closer Economic Relationship (CER) with Australia and New Zealand. For more information on the Foreign Trade membership of Thailand you can access the web site of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The country have signed a trade agreement with 21 other countries in the São Paulo Round of the Global System of Trade Preferences among Developing Countries (GSTP).
Party of the ATA Convention on Temporary Admissions and Use of the Carnets

As a Reminder, the ATA is a System Allowing the Free Movement of Goods Across Frontiers and Their Temporary Admission Into a Customs Territory With Relief From Duties and Taxes. The Goods Are Covered By a Single Document Known as the ATA Carnet That is Secured By an International Guarantee System.
Look Up the Other Member Countries And Read the Web Pages of the World Customs Organization Devoted to the ATA Carnet.
Party of the TIR Convention

As a Reminder, the TIR Convention and its Transit Regime Contribute to the Facilitation of International Transport, Especially International Road Transport, Not Only in Europe and the Middle East, But Also in Other Parts of the World, Such as Africa and Latin America.
The UNCTAD Website Allows You to Read the TIR Convention, See the List of Member Countries And to Find Further Information.
Accompanying Documents For Imports

Regarding imports documents, original copies must be manually signed. Pro-forma invoice is required for establishment of letter of credit and should include similar details to the commercial invoice.

There is no prescribed form for the commercial invoice but very precise details are obligatory. A minimum of five copies is needed. Required details include:

- Country of origin and Country or countries from which purchased and consigned as well as:

Date of purchase and sale - whether goods are sold, contracted to be sold, sent on consignment or supplied to branch firm Marks, numbers, gross and net weight of each package and total gross weight of consignment Total number of packages and number containing identical goods Complete description of goods, i.e. name, kind, quality and weight, size and/or grade of each item (for composite articles, show ratio of constituents), trademarks and other symbols Selling price or value per unit (in currency of transaction)

- A certificate of origin is requested and must be issued by an approved authority.

- Two copies of the bill of lading are required and must include: Number of shipper, Certificate of insurance, etc.

- A minimum of five copies of the packing list is required, and must accompany each invoice if goods are packed in more than one case.
Free Zones
There is a Free Zone Program in Thailand, designed to promote competitiveness by encouraging companies to maintain and expand their operations in Thailand. The Free Zone Program encourages Thailand-based operations by removing certain disincentives associated with manufacturing in Thailand.
For Further Information
Thai Customs
Thailand Ministry of Commerce
Non Tariff Barriers
Most of the goods can be imported freely. However, certain products require the presentation of a license given by the Ministry of Commerce. This is the case for certain textile items and certain food-processing products. The licenses must be applied for one month before the goods shipment, they are valid for 6 months and can be extended only once. All food products, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics are subject to a license and must be registered and must seek authorisation of the Food and Drug Administration.
Assessment of Commercial Policy
Thailand and WTO
Barriers to exchanges, inventoried by the United States
Barriers to exchanges, inventoried by the EU.
Find more on about Trade Policy in Thailand.

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