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Pornapa Luengwattanakit

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Pornapa Luengwattanakit currently leads Baker McKenzie’s Corporate & Commercial, Tax, as well as the International Trade, Compliance & Customs practice groups in Thailand. She practices mainly in the areas of corporate restructuring, major projects, mergers and acquisitions and trade competition. Pornapa joined Baker McKenzie in 1982 and became a partner in 1989.

The Office of the Trade Competition Commission (OTCC) has recently opened a public hearing on the draft new unfair trade practice (section 57) guideline which will replace the current guideline once it becomes effective. The draft new guideline revises certain defined terms and provides more details on acts that may constitute an offense under section 57 of the Competition Act.

The Thai Customs Department has launched a Customs Trader Portal, an online web application that gives business operators a convenient option to register as an importer, exporter, and an operator who conducts customs formalities. This platform, implemented on 1 July 2021 for Thai individuals, is more aligned with the current digital economy. It also provides a third registration option for Thai individuals to register as customs formality operators. Previously, there were only two methods manual and E-customs.

Draft guideline on unfair trade practices for food delivery platform operators
OTCC announced amendments to the Unfair Guideline for Franchise

OTCC has completed a public consultation on its draft guidelines on unfair trade practices for food delivery platform operators. Further amendments to the OTCC’s guidance for franchise businesses clarify details of “fair practice” if a franchisor wishes to open another franchise outlet in the same locality as existing franchisees.

This update was published on 16 October 2020 as part of our quarterly newsletter, Asia Pacific Competition Highlights. Click here to access the full report, which covers the most notable antitrust developments across 11 Asia Pacific jurisdictions.

If you are a manufacturer of electric vehicles or related parts, you should be interested in the new incentives discussed below.

Against the backdrop of the Thai government’s policy to promote electric vehicles (EV) across the board and to create an EV manufacturing regional hub, the Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) recently announced a new investment promotion package for EV.

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The Trade Competition Commission has imposed fines in three competition cases passed to it by the previous Commission under the Department of Internal Trade, the Ministry of Commerce. The fines, totaling slightly over a staggering Baht 12 million, marked the Commission’s first enforcement action after its establishment as an independent…

Recently, the Customs Department re-interpreted section 19 of the Customs Act by claiming that customs officers have the power to assess duty on shipments imported within the previous three years, and the period for assessing duty can be extended further, up to two years back, and then another five years…