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Thailand’s Exports shows 15th consecutive month of growth

Thailand’s export sector has continued its growth trend, despite concerns over trade disputes between the United States and China

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Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce has reported that May exports grew by 11.4% to over 22 billion US dollars, the 15th straight month of growth.

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Thailand’s export sector has continued its growth trend, despite concerns over trade disputes between the United States and China. Exports to key markets rose last month, especially to India and the CLMV cluster, which comprises Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam.

High-growth industrial sectors included automobiles and auto parts, computers and electronic components, chemicals, plastics and processed oil. High-growth agricultural products included rice, processed and frozen chicken and canned tuna.

The Trade Policy and Strategy Office (TPSO) expects Thai exports to maintain their growth trend and market penetration in line with global economic growth. However, short-term fluctuations can be expected as a result of US-Chinese trade measures. Meanwhile, oil prices are likely to rise in the long term, which will result in higher prices for agricultural products and commodities. Overall, the TPSO believes the export sector this year will grow by close to its target of 8%.

Source : National News Bureau Of Thailand | Exports in May mark 15th consecutive month of positive growth

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Thailand to increase rice exports to 6 million tons this year

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BANGKOK (NNT) – The Commerce Ministry has launched measures to increase rice exports to 6 million tons this year, valued at around 150 billion baht, with Indonesia, China, Bangladesh and Iraq set to be the main markets under government-to-government (G2G) deals.

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UK exporters’ use of Singapore as ASEAN’s supply chain gateway boosted by new bilateral trade agreement

Singapore’s role as a hub for UK companies, whether as exporters or investors accessing Southeast Asia’s and broader Asian dynamic economies, was elevated by the new UK-Singapore trade agreement (UKSTA) which came into effect on 1st January 2021.

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UK exporters’ use of Singapore as ASEAN’s supply chain gateway boosted by new bilateral trade agreement

There was much controversy, before and after the United Kingdom’s (UK) Brexit from the European Union (EU), in talk of it adopting a free trade and manufacturing model similar to Singapore’s.

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Cross-border trade is expected to grow up to 3-6%

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BANGKOK (NNT) – Thailand’s cross-border trade is expected to recover to growth of 3-6% this year, helped by COVID-19 vaccine distribution and the global economic recovery.

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Foreign Trade Department Director-General Keerati Rushchano said cross-border trade, which includes transit trade, is likely to generate 1.36 to 1.40 trillion baht, up from 1.31 trillion baht in 2020.

According to Mr Keerati, the key risk factor that may derail border trade growth is the political chaos in Myanmar that will weaken purchasing power there and cause a delay in goods transport.

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