Thailand - Country Commercial Guide
Principal Business Associations

Provides references to the principal business associations, indicating which accept U.S. companies. Describes the primary roles of those associations and to what extent they influence government actions.

Last published date: 2019-10-13

The American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AMCHAM)
AMCHAM Thailand has a membership of over 650 organizations and over 2500 professionals.  Its membership includes companies, non-profit organizations, and individuals.  AMCHAM member companies have invested over $50 billion in Thailand and provide more than 250,000 local jobs.  AMCHAM has over 25 committees that cover a wide spectrum of commercial and industrial business activities, as well as the Chamber's social and charitable functions.  Each committee serves as a forum for discussing common interests and common issues, as well as for taking initiative and action.

The US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC) 
The USABC is a leading advocacy organization for U.S. corporations operating within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), serving as a key voice of the U.S. private sector in promoting mutually beneficial trade and investment relationships between the United States and Southeast Asia.  The Council represents over 150 of the largest U.S. corporations.

The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) 
The FTI, established in 1967, is a private-sector organization that brings together industrial leaders to promote Thailand’s socio-economic development.  The main objectives of FTI are to represent Thai manufacturers at both national and international levels, to help promote and develop industrial enterprises, to work with the Thai government in developing  national policies, and to offer consulting services to members.

The Thai Chamber of Commerce and Board of Trade of Thailand
The Thai Chamber of Commerce acts as a primary organization for providing recommendations to develop the economy for the government and related authorities.  In addition, the Thai Chamber of Commerce is a representative of the Thai private sector in facilitating cooperation with governmental and private institutions in foreign countries.

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)- Thailand
ICC Thailand is an ICC-sanctioned national committee.  This national organization is comprised of leading companies and business associations in Thailand.  ICC Thailand has three main activities –  rule setting, dispute resolution, and policy advocacy.