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By Somnuk Keretho and Saisamorn Naklada
Thailand’s exports include agricultural and industrial goods such as rice, processed and frozen food, electronics, fashion garments and textiles, automobiles and auto parts and accessories. The export of jasmine rice, sugar, frozen shrimp, automobiles and auto parts has been a key contributor to economic growth.
Thailand has negotiated free trade agreements with Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that have helped to increase the total value of its exports. But other barriers to trade (administrative and procedural) may unnecessarily impede further growth.
Business Process Analysis (BPA) is a powerful tool that can help to identify these barriers and suggest ways to streamline trade processes. As part of the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT) Regional Study on Improving Regional Trade Procedures and Processes, a BPA was conducted on Thai exports of sugar to Bangladesh and auto-parts to India, as well as imports into Thailand from China of raw materials used to produce electronic devices. This paper presents the key findings of these analyses and offers some recommendations for streamlining export and import processes.

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