BANGKOK Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce, yesterday reported that, the country’s cross-border trade fell 8.5 percent year-on-year, in the first seven months, mostly due to the closure of border checkpoints amid COVID-19.
Overall cross-border trade, including transit trade, totalled 741 billion baht (23.68 billion U.S. dollars), from Jan to July, said the Ministry’s Foreign Trade Department.
Of the total figures, exports were 429 billion baht (13.7 billion U.S. dollars), down 8.2 percent year-on-year, while imports shrank nine percent to 312 billion baht (9.97 billion U.S. dollars), resulting in a trade surplus of 116 billion baht (3.7 billion U.S. dollars), said the department.
Border trade with four neighbouring countries amounted to 434 billion baht (13.87 billion U.S. dollars), down 12.8 percent year-on-year.
Of the total, exports stood at 256 billion baht (8.18 billion U.S. dollars), down 10.9 percent, and imports were 178 billion baht (5.69 billion U.S. dollars), down 15.4 percent.
However, the Foreign Trade Department also said, cross-border trade prospects for the remaining months are likely to improve, after the department worked with nearby countries to reopen more checkpoints.
As of Aug 13, Thailand had reopened 40 of the 97 border checkpoints nationwide.–
Source: NAM News Network