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BUSINESS 
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Customs container scanners at Laem Chabang are first in Southeast Asia

Good beer, good wine, make networking night fun for GTCC

Raimon Land appoints new Customer Relations Managing Director


Customs container scanners at Laem Chabang are first in Southeast Asia

Arrests made in 22 cases over one-year period

Deputy Minister of Finance Sommai Pasee (right) and Zhang Jiu Huan left), Special Ambassador and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China cooperatively presided over opening the ceremony.

Narisa Nitikarn
An unveiling ceremony was held on March 14 for the plaque commemorating the opening of the new Customs department office building at Laem Chabang Port.
Director General of the Customs Department Chaowalit Sretthamaetheekul, legal advisor to the Ministry of Finance Mana Lakthong, and Chonburi Deputy Governor Monthian Thongnit presided over the ceremony.
The occasion also saw the official opening of the Customs Department Container Scanning Station, presided over by Deputy Minister of Finance Sommai Pasee and Zhang Jiu Huan, Special Ambassador and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China.

Laem Chabang is the first port in Southeast Asia to use these scanners, which allow inspectors to ensure that all containers into and out of Thailand are free of harmful goods.
Somsak Pojpatinya, director of the Laem Chabang Port Customs Bureau, in his speech to guests said that the bureau is under the Customs Department at the Ministry of Finance. In the past it was located in the Laem Chabang Port Office at the Port Authority of Thailand, but space was restricted and there was not enough room to support the continually expanding volume of work.
Under a budget of 280 million baht, the Customs Department began construction of a new building that had its opening on January 9 last year. This four-story structure is located at Laem Chabang Port on an area of 34.55 rai. It takes over the Port Authority of Thailand’s responsibility for Chonburi Province, but not Sattahip District. The main responsibilities are to collect duties on imported and exported goods, goods being transferred, and transit cargo.
To increase the efficiency of examining containers, the Customs Department brought in a movable scanner in 2004. This proved very successful, so two more fixed scanners were purchased from China at a cost of US$25,640,000 (974 million baht). Laem Chabang is the first port in Southeast Asia to use these scanners, which allow inspectors to ensure that all containers into and out of Thailand are free of harmful goods. The project also follows the Container Security Initiative, CSI, which is a commitment with the United States of America.
Director general of the Customs Department Chaowalit said that in the one-year period January 2006 to February this year, the department had intercepted illegal transportation of goods in containers in 22 separate instances, making arrests in each case.
A Buddhist priest blessed the new Laem Chabang Port Customs Office during the unveiling ceremony, praying for the safety and prosperity of officers and employees. This was followed by a guided tour for the guests, led by Customs officer Kitti Suttisumpun.


Good beer, good wine, make networking night fun for GTCC

Michael Albers
The German-Thai Chamber of Commerce (GTCC) invited members and friends to the year’s second “Stammtisch” at the Moon River Pub on March 9, where they were given a warm welcome by guest service manager Brigitta Herkner and assistant manager of the Thai Garden Resort Sanich Benchaman.

(L to R) Brigitta Herkner, guest service manager of Thai Garden Resort, Gerhard Marius von Baum, junior economist of business economics and advisory division of GTCC, and Boris Karl Witt, junior lawyer of business economics and advisory division of GTCC enjoy each other’s company.
Equipped with a glass of good wine, networking was easy and enjoyable. Chatting with old friends, meeting new ones, or just exchanging business cards - this evening always presents the chance to further business interests in a convivial atmosphere.
In his opening speech, GTCC executive director Dr Paul Strunk said he was happy to greet many new faces among the numerous attendees after the two-month break. He said that last month saw the annual football friendly match between the GTCC and the “German all-stars” from Bangkok. With his five-minute appearance on the field, Dr Strunk substantially contributed to the conciliating 6:6 draw.

(L to R) Ekkehard Thesen, managing director of Grohe Siam Limited, Dr Paul Strunk, executive director of GTCC, and Till Morstadt, partner of Lorenz & Partners Co., Ltd. enjoy the atmosphere.
After his brief words of greeting, Dr Strunk to loud applause declared the buffet open.
Thai Garden Resort executive chef Charan Thonghoom is renowned for his excellent European cuisine, and the German and Italian dishes found appreciative takers, as did the dishes from the Thai kitchen.
House band Power Jam soon had guests out on Pattaya’s only wooden dance floor, as they performed nostalgic numbers such as Nena’s “99 Luftballons”, which was sung flawlessly.

(L to R) Walter Zeitvogel, marketing expert for the gyrocopter, Peter Drescher and Heinrich Kammermeier talk German / Thai business over a beer.


Raimon Land appoints new Customer Relations Managing Director

Neerja Sachdev: Customer Relations Managing Director of Raimon Land PLC.

Property developer Raimon Land PLC recently announced the appointment of Mrs. Neerja Sachdev as the company’s new Customer Relations Managing Director.
Prior to joining up with Ramon Land, Neerja was Property Manager with CB Richard Ellis for 2 years where she focused her work on the management of four high-profile properties in Bangkok, including The Legend Saladaeng and The Lakes.
Commenting on her appointment Neerja said: “I am thrilled to be joining Raimon Land as the company’s portfolio already includes some very high-profile properties, not to mention the ones we will be launching in the upcoming months.”
Raimon Land’s CEO Nigel Cornick commented: “We are pleased to welcome Neerja to our company. She has a solid track record of customer relations management in the property sector and is very familiar with the challenges of the luxury residential market.”
Mrs. Sadchev grew up in both India and Singapore and is fluent in Thai, English, Hindi and Malay.



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