What is the Office of Commercial Affairs?
We are the overseas representative office for the Royal Thai Government’s Ministry of Commerce. We operate within the Ministry of Commerce’s Office of the Permanent Secretary and are primarily responsible for trade matters including policies at the multilateral and bilateral levels with the aim of fostering trade between the United States and Thailand. We work closely in conjunction with the Offices of International Trade Promotion (also known as the Thai Trade Centers) located in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Miami, in seeking greater market access for the export of all Thai products.
What are some of the things being done at the Office of Commercial Affairs?
- We primarily handle regulatory matters. We monitor trade issues, U.S. regulations / laws (including tentative ones) and analyze possible repercussions for Thailand companies and products exported to the United States (such as GSP and AD/CVD). Further details on these specific issues are available in the Trade Topics tab on the menu above.
- We also monitor and analyze trade data on various commodities and sectors. Further details on these specific issues are available in the Data & Analysis tab on the menu above.
- We assist Thai companies interested in locating US customers (in conjunction with the regional Offices of International Trade Promotion / Thai Trade Centers).
- We also assist US customers interested in making first contact in the promotion of Thai products here in the United States. While we do not have expertise in every commercial sector, we can assist an interested party with initial consultations on general business issues and further direct you to the appropriate authorities for further contact in Thailand. For issues with locating Thai supplies, manufacturers, exporters or for information on trade shows / trade fairs or other business matchmaking assistance, we defer to our Thai Trade Centers.