Thai manufacturers to bypass red-tape export procedure


BANGKOK, Feb 11 – Thai exporters will join a self-certification system to deliver their products to Indonesia, Laos and the Philippines, a move recently approved by parliament to assist the Thai export sector, according to the Commerce Ministry.

Piramol Charoenpao, director general of the Trade Negotiations Department, said it would be the second pilot project after the first pilot programme was successfully launched for Thai exports to Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei.

Both pilot projects will be implemented in parallel until the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015 with an objective to expand the project to all nine ASEAN member countries, she said.

Exporters must currently apply for the so-called Form D certification from a state agency, depending upon the export, which they find inconvenient.

Indonesia, Laos and the Philippines will launch self-certification systems next month while Thailand will start the scheme mid-year, she said. (MCOT online news)