Thailand - Selling and buying
Reaching the consumers
Consumers appreciate given away free examples campaigns. They are deployed in supermarkets and shopping malls. The price factor is an important selection criteria for customers. Customer support, training and availability of spare parts are also very important selection criterias. Periodic technical updates and information from suppliers are also very appreciated. Word of mouth recommendations have big impact in suppliers' sales and reputation.
Market access procedures
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).
The most favoured nations benefit in average of a tariff rate of 10%. Processed food from those countries pay tariffs ranged from 30 to 50 %. All agricultural products and 70% of industrial products have bound tariffs. Imported motor vehicles pay a tariff of 80%, motorcycles pay 60% and certain articles of plastic pay 30%.
All import or export procedure require the submission of a Customs' export entry form. This document must be accompanied by standard shipping documents (commercial invoice, packing list, bill of lading or airway bill, and letter of credit).