Thailand - Country Commercial Guide
Methods of Payment

Discusses the most common methods of payment, such as open account, letter of credit, cash in advance, documentary collections, factoring, etc. Includes credit-rating and collection agencies in this country. Includes primary credit or charge cards used in this country

Last published date: 2019-10-13

U.S. firms that export to Thailand conduct business on a documentary basis and use various methods of financing and trade facilitation such as letters of credit (L/Cs), bank drafts and wire transfer trades.  New-to-market exporters and infrequent exporters should require confirmed, irrevocable L/Cs when initiating relationships with new importers and distributors.  Once the importer has established a good payment record and the U.S. firm is convinced of the importer’s trustworthiness, it is advisable to provide more lenient terms.