The Department of Foreign Trade revealed that the total rice exports in the first 3 months of 2023 surpassed 2,063,927 tons. Iraq was the top importer of Thai rice, up to 16.38%, while the border trade moved forward to organize a border trade fair in 3 provinces: Sa Kaeo, Nong Khai and Narathiwat during June. Nov. – Aug. 23
On April 22, 2023, Mr. Ronnaphon Poonphiphat, Director-General of the Department of Foreign Trade, revealed that rice and cassava exports in the first quarter of 2023 (January-March) continued to grow well. The export value of rice products was 38,066 million baht, an increase of 29.26% from the same period last year (8,616 million baht), with a volume of 2,063,927 tons, an increase of 18.48% from the same period last year (321,625 tons).
The main export market is Iraq, accounting for 16.38% of the total export volume of Thai rice. Followed by Indonesia (13.08%), the United States (8.62%), South Africa (8.24%) and Senegal (5.86%) respectively.
The increase in Thai rice exports is a result of countries in Asia and Africa such as Indonesia, Bangladesh, Iraq, South Africa and Senegal continuing to import rice to meet domestic and international demand. food security
In addition, this year, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives expects that the amount of Thai rice production will increase from the amount of water that is sufficient for cultivation. The production of off-season rice will be released to the market during March-April, making the price of Thai rice competitive.
As for the export of cassava products in the first 3 months (January – March), the value was 39,982.93 million baht, an increase of 4.81% from the same period last year (1,834.15 million baht), with a volume of 3,290,000 tons, an increase of 7.17% from the same period last year. (220,000 tons), the top 3 major export products are (1) cassava chips/ pellet The export volume accounted for 53.06% (1,745,674 tons) of the total cassava export volume.
The main export markets are China (98.64%), the Netherlands (0.86%), Macao (0.36%) and Japan (0.08%) (2). The export volume accounted for 43.82% (1,441,678 tons) of the total cassava export volume.
The major export markets are China (47.20%), Japan (11.28%), Indonesia (8.06%), Malaysia (4.81%), the United States (4.18%) and South Korea (3.38%) and (3) cassava pulp/sago. to 3.12% (102,648 tons) of total cassava exports The major export markets are South Korea (36.43%), China (21.39%), New Zealand (18.32%) and Bangladesh (2.47%).
In addition, in order to continuously drive the value of Thai trade, the Department also has an action plan to drive and support cross-border trade in 2023 by implementing the budget allocated in a strategic integrated manner. Under the Special Economic Zone Development Integrated Plan Border trade and investment expansion projects and special economic development zones
to increase trade and investment in borders and neighboring countries as well as stimulating economic expansion in border provinces and nearby areas as well as creating and expanding trade networks between Thai entrepreneurs and neighboring countries And increase trade channels and opportunities to market Thai goods and services in neighboring countries.
By organizing border trade fairs by integrating with relevant government agencies and private sectors in the area, including 3 projects, namely
(1) Border Trade Fair in Special Economic Development Zone Provinces Myanmar side/Cambodia side (Kanchanaburi Province or Sa Kaeo or Trat) with plans to be held in Sa Kaeo Province. During June 2023
(2) Border trade expo in the provinces of the special economic development zone on the side of Laos (Chiang Rai or Tak or Nong Khai or Mukdahan or Nakhon Phanom), with plans to be held in Nong Khai. During July 2023
(3) Thailand-Malaysia Border Trade Fair with plans to organize in Narathiwat Province During August 2023
In this event, there is an exhibition and sale of products (Trade Fair), which is a showcase and sale of products and services of entrepreneurs in the region and the central region who are interested, such as products from OTOP/SMEs entrepreneurs, consumer products. franchise products and products from neighboring countries Training/seminars to educate entrepreneurs to educate Build an understanding of the business process
Including increasing potential in foreign trade, regulations, privileges Certification of Origin Trade Measures and business matching negotiations between Thai entrepreneurs and neighboring countries.
Mr. Narong added that Border trade support this year is expected to result in Thai entrepreneurs gaining knowledge to increase their competitiveness and market expansion. Including creating and expanding trade networks between Thai entrepreneurs and neighboring countries. This will stimulate more border trade and investment. as well as stimulating economic growth in border provinces and nearby areas