Thailand - Country Commercial Guide
Trade Barriers

Includes the barriers (tariff and non-tariff) that U.S. companies face when exporting to this country.

Last published date: 2019-10-13

Thailand is not a signatory to the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement.  As such, high tariffs in certain sectors remain an impediment to market access.  Nontariff barriers such as licensing requirements and localization barriers impede commerce.  Price controls and excise taxes, based on an exceedingly complex tax structure, also negatively affect  international trade. 

Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures continue to be a source of concern for the United States.  SPS Standards for certain agricultural products are applied arbitrarily and without prior notification.

For detailed information on trade barriers, please consult the 2019 National Trade Estimate Report, which can be found on the United States Trade Representative website.