Enhanced Protections For Consumers Targeted By Direct Sales and Marketing Operators

By Piyawannee Watanasakolpunt and Suthasinee Neamsum Amendments to Thailand’s Direct Sales and Direct Marketing Act (No.3) B.E. 2560 (2017) became effective on 14 September 2017. The new amendments make significant changes to the definition of “direct marketing” and impose additional duties and …

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Thai Customs Department Implements Amnesty Program

The Thai Customs Department has recently set up an amnesty program referred to as the Voluntary Audit Program (VAP), inviting entities that may have inadvertently underpaid import duties to pay such duties without any additional surcharge or penalty that would …

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Annual Fire Drills Required Of All Employers

New Regulations on fire prevention under Thailand's Occupational Safety Act of 2011 require all employers to hold annual fire drills involving their employees. Within 30 days of each drill, the employer must submit a report to the Department of Labor …

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Ministry gets tough on factory permits

The Bangkok Post reports that the Industry Ministry is considering what action to take against factories that have constructed plants without permits. An Industry Ministry committee has been reviewing factory permit applications, and has found that 21 projects require further …

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Government Requests Four Month Price Freeze

Thai consumers have complained about recent increases in their cost of living.   As reported in the Bangkok Post, a poll conducted in the northeast revealed that 59% of respondents felt that the government has not done enough to control …

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Proposed Hospital Merger Triggers Calls for Tightening of Trade Competition Law

Bangkok Medical Services (BMS), Thailand's largest hospital group, increase of its stake in Bumrungrad Hospital has triggered calls for tightening of Thailand's Trade Competition Act (TCA).  On 15 March 2012, the Bangkok Post reported that: The government is under growing pressure …

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First Time Car Buyer Program claimed to Discriminate Against Importers

Some foreign car manufacturers and importers of foreign cars are claiming that Thailand’s first time car buyer program discriminates against imported vehicles, reports the Bangkok Post.  Tata, for example, claims: “implementation will create unfair trade competition as only locally built …

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