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BOI Launches New COVID-19 Relief Measures for Promoted Companies

During the COVID-19 Crisis, the office of the BOI (Board of Investment) has issued BOI Announcement No. Por. 4/2563 on May 12, 2020 providing relief measures to BOI-promoted companies who are confronting this situation. In this article, Tilleke & Gibbins is providing a summary of the measure reliefs support particularly the certain operational requirements as below.

Extension for General Promoted Companies

All BOI-promoted companies with operation commencement deadlines that fall between March 1 and June 30, 2020, are granted an automatic six-month extension from the due date. During the extended period, these companies will still be entitled to the rights and privileges granted under the BOI promoted project(s).

Extension under BOI’s Measures for Improvement of Production Efficiency

BOI-promoted companies that have deadlines for importing machinery and commencing operations between January 1 and June 30, 2020, under the BOI’s Measures for Improvement of Production Efficiency, are eligible for a six-month extension. To qualify, they must apply for the extension by August 31, 2020. If approved, only machinery imported during the extension period would qualify for import duty exemption.

BOI-promoted companies under the same scheme whose deadlines do not fall between the dates above may also apply to extend their deadlines for importing machinery and commencing operations. However, approval would depend on whether they can present evidence of the impact of COVID-19 on their business, subject to certain exceptions.

Extension of Certification Requirements

All BOI-promoted companies with deadlines for obtaining international standards compliance certifications (e.g. ISO 9002, CMMI, etc.,) between 1 March and 30 June 2020 are granted an automatic four-month extension from the due date.

Temporary Waiver of Operational Cessation Application Requirement

Temporary business cessation of more than two months usually requires pre-approval by the BOI. The new relief measures waive that requirement for BOI-promoted companies that cease operations for more than two months between 1 March and 30 June 2020, provided that they submit an online notification to the BOI. Foreign experts and technicians employed by companies using the waiver will not lose their BOI work permit and visa during the cessation.

For more information on this development, or on any aspect of doing business in Thailand, please contact Supasit Saypan at [email protected] or +66 2056 5994.