Thailand Map

Country Profile

Overview

Thailand FlagWith a well-developed infrastructure, a free-enterprise economy, and generally pro-investment policies, Thailand has been one of South East Asia’s best performers. Export growth from 2005 to 2008 averaged 17.5% annually. Business stability has however been compromised, because of long running political uncertainty culminating in a coup staged against the incumbent Government by the Thai Army in May 2014. General Prayuth Chan-ocha subsequently was appointed interim Prime Minister until elections are held in late 2015.

Trade, Services and Investment

Despite the unrest, New Zealand’s economic links with Thailand have grown rapidly over the last decade. Sharingthailand coat of arms similar perspectives New Zealand is regarded as a friendly and reliable partner. New Zealand and Thailand have two FTAs together, the AANZFTA and the New Zealand – Thailand CEP Agreement. Click  Here:

Services trade in tourism and air services are strong industries. Education is an important factor in the relationship with approx. 3000 Thai students studying in NZ annually.

Country Statistics

Constitutional:  Constitutional Monarchy
Capital:  Bangkok
Big Cities:  Cheng Mai
Head of State:  King PHUMIPHON Adunyadet, also spelled BHUMIBOL Adulyadej

Interim Prime Minister:  General Prayuth Chan-ocha
NOTE: Thai Army declared martial law on 20 May 2014 and a coup on 22 May 2014
Population:  67,741,401 (July 2014 est)
GDP (PPP):   US$673 billion (2013 est.)
GDP per capita:   US$9,900 (2013 est.)

Total Export Trade:   US $225.4 billion (2013 est.)

Main Exports:  Electronics, computer parts, automobiles and parts, electrical appliances, machinery and equipment, textiles and footwear, fishery products, rice, rubber

Total Import Trade:  US $219 billion (2013 est.)

Main Imports:  Capital goods, intermediate goods and raw materials, consumer goods, fuels

Exports to NZ
NZ$ 1,658 million (2013 est.)

Main export to NZ
Vehicles, Air conditioning machinery, polymers, tires

Imports from NZ
NZ$ 703 million (2013 est.)

Main Imports from NZ
Dairy, fruit, forestry products, crude oil

Services Trade

Air Services, Tourism

Total FDI
http://www.asean.org/news/item/foreign-direct-investment-statistics

US$ 12,999 million (2013 est.)

Trade agreement(s) with NZ
http://asean.fta.govt.nz/preamble/

http://mfat.govt.nz/Trade-and-Economic-Relations/2-Trade-Relationships-and-Agreements/Thailand/index.php

ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA (AANZFTA) Agreement
New Zealand – Thailand Closer Economic Partnership Agreement

Quick Links

Latest Currency Converter (Thai Baht):  http://asean.fta.govt.nz/currency-converter

Tariff Finder:  http://asean.fta.govt.nz/tariff-finder

NZ Government Travel Advice:   https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/south-east-asia

ANZBC Thailand Chapter Chair:  http://asean.org.nz/about-us/executive-committee/

Doing business in ASEAN – Thailand

NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade Thailand profile:   http://www.mfat.govt.nz/Countries/Asia-South-and-Southeast/Thailand.php

NZTE Market Overview:   https://www.nzte.govt.nz/en/export/export-markets/east-asia/thailand/

Latest monthly trade with NZ:

Trade by Commodity:   http://asean.wisdomhealthprosperity.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/NZ-ASEAN-Trade-Travel-Linkages-September-2014.pdf

Trade with ASEAN:   http://asean.wisdomhealthprosperity.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/NZ-ASEAN-Trade-Travel-Linkages-September-2014.pdf

Thailand’s Embassy in NZ
Royal Thai Embassy, Wellington

Website:  http://www.thaiembassy.org/wellington/

Email: thailand@thaiembassynz.org.nz

Thailand consul in NZ
Royal Thai Consulate-General, Auckland

http://www.thai-consulate.com/thai-consulate-in-auckland.html
NZ Head of Mission in Thailand

http://www.nzembassy.com/thailand/about-the-embassy/contact-us

Education NZ Representative:

http://www.nzembassy.com/thailand/about-the-embassy/contact-us

Tourism NZ Representative:
http://www.nzembassy.com/thailand/about-the-embassy/contact-us

Immigration NZ Representative:
http://www.nzembassy.com/thailand/about-the-embassy/contact-us

NZTE Trade Office in Thailand:  https://www.nzte.govt.nz/en/contact-us/east-asia/bangkok/

Thai national Newspaper:   http://www.bangkokpost.com/

World Bank’s Country Profile:   http://ddp-ext.worldbank.org/ext/ddpreports/ViewSharedReport?&CF=1&REPORT_ID=9147&REQUEST_TYPE=VIEWADVANCED&HF=N&WSP=N

Department of Export Promotion:   http://www.thaitrade.com/

Board of Investment:   http://www.boi.go.th/index.php?page=index&language=en

Thai Customs:   http://www.customs.go.th/wps/wcm/connect/custen/home/homewelcome

Thai Tourism:   www.tourismthailand.org

Importer/Exporter Directory:  http://www.thailandexim.com/

NZ Chamber in Thailand:  http://www.nztcc.org/index.php/home-mainmenu-1

Major Banks in Thailand:  http://www.bankthailand.info/BankInThailand.htm

Public Holidays:  http://www.asean.org/calendar/public-holidays

Trade Fairs:   www.thaitradefair.com

Federation of Thai Industries:   www.fti.or.th

Thai International Chamber of Commerce:   www.iccthailand.or.th/

Department of Employment (work permits):   www.doe.go.th

Living in Thailand:   www.immigration.go.th