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The Thai-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1996 with the aim of facilitating increased trade and investment between Thailand and Norway. It provides members with a forum to improve business conditions and opportunities as well as creating venues and channels for exchange and sharing of information. Current membership stands at around 80 premium and corporate members in addition to some 20 individuals.
The Chamber office is co-located with Innovation Norway's representative office in Bangkok's central business district and also works closely with the Royal Norwegian Embassy as part of Team Norway. Through its membership of the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand, the Chamber identifies challenges and opportunities in doing business in Thailand, seeking support in Thai Government policies
to address such issues. The Thai-Norwegian Business Review Magazine is issued four times per year. Business Review features interesting articles about business, trade and life style in both Norway, Thailand and the neighbouring countries. It is distributed free to the members and other contacts. The Chamber website www.norcham.com contains news and information about the latest Chamber activities and useful intelligence within business and trade in Thailand.
The Thai-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1996 with the aim of facilitating increased trade and investment between Thailand and Norway. It provides members with a forum to improve business conditions and opportunities as well as creating venues and channels for exchange and sharing of information. Current membership stands at around 80 premium and corporate members in addition to some 20 individuals.
The Chamber office is co-located with Innovation Norway's representative office in Bangkok's central business district and also works closely with the Royal Norwegian Embassy as part of Team Norway. Through its membership of the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand, the Chamber identifies challenges and opportunities in doing business in Thailand, seeking support in Thai Government policies
to address such issues. The Thai-Norwegian Business Review Magazine is issued four times per year. Business Review features interesting articles about business, trade and life style in both Norway, Thailand and the neighbouring countries. It is distributed free to the members and other contacts. The Chamber website www.norcham.com contains news and information about the latest Chamber activities and useful intelligence within business and trade in Thailand.

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EVENTS

28
AUG
2018
19
JUN
2018

GTCC Joint Chambers Business Luncheon “GDPR and PDPB Readiness”

The German-Thai Chamber of Commerce, in partnership...
15
JUN
2018

JFCCT Courtesy Dialogue with DG of Thai Customs Department

The JFFCCT Trade Committee had a meeting with the DG of...

BUSINESS REVIEW

NEWS & MEMBER OFFERS

28
AUG
2018

Evening Seminar and Networking: Is Digitalisation Supporting or Disrupting Leadership ?

By having chance co-hosting with Nordic Chambers, Thai-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce would like to send you this invitation for this event as well. Kindly find information below and as attached.

 

Event: Evening Seminar and Networking: Is Digitalisation Supporting or Disrupting Leadership ?

Date: Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Time: 18.30 - 21.30 hrs

Venue: Garden Lounge, Marriott Executive Apartments Sukhumvit Park, Sukhumvit Soi 24

Price: 400 THB Members / 700 THB Non-members

*Soft drinks, wine, beer and food included.

Please see attachment for more information.

 

Please RSVP:secretary@norcham.com by Tuesday, 21 August 2018, would be appreciated.

 

We are looking forward to seeing you at the event.

 

19
JUN
2018

GTCC Joint Chambers Business Luncheon “GDPR and PDPB Readiness”

The German-Thai Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Baker McKenzie and cooperation with Thai-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to participate in GTCC Joint Chambers Business Luncheon "GDPR and PDPB Readiness". Please find below for event information.

Date: Tuesday, 19 June 2018
Time: 11:30-13:45 hrs.
Venue: Ballroom, The Sukhothai Bangkok (map)

Please see attachment for more information.

 

Also please contact secretary@norcham.com

 

15
JUN
2018

JFCCT Courtesy Dialogue with DG of Thai Customs Department

The JFFCCT Trade Committee had a meeting with the DG of Thailand Customs to request clarifications on cross-border trade agreements with neighbouring countries in ACMEC as well as provide feedback on some of the provisions of the new Customs Act (valid from 23rd November 2017).

The Agenda of the meeting and the feedback from Thai Customs is summarized below.

Attendees from the Customs Department – the senior Deputy DG  Mr. Auychai Kultipmontre, Mr. Sorasak Meenotoree (Deputy DG), Mr. Ake Satravaha, Director of Customs Tariff Bureau , Mr Pakorn Tonmaneewattana (Deputy Director of International Co-operation Division) and several other Customs officials
Attendees from JFCCT – Ms Vibeke Leirvag (Vice President JFCCT) , Mr. Gur Prasad Kohli (Chairman , International Trade Committee JFCCT ) , President of Netherland, Belgium, New Zealand, Brazilian  Chamber of Commerce and representative from Indian , Mexican and other Chamber of Commerce

1.Topics and dialogue proposed by JFCCT

a. Cross Border Agreement for goods in transit with Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia and Vietnam were to be signed by December 2017. We request clarity on this process.

The draft agreement is ready for Cambodia , however the Cambodia Authority is not signing.  For Vietnam , they have no intention to sign a cross-border agreement for transport of goods. For Myanmar, the Myanmar authorities charge 5% tax on value of shipment and the agreement to reduce that to Zero is under agreement. Likewise for MOU is under consideration.

b. Under the new Customs Act, “Goods in Transit” must either be re-exported within 30 days of import into the country or the full import duty must be paid on these goods, failing which the goods will be confiscated by the Customs. “Goods in Transit” stored in FEZ (ports are part of a FEZ) are exempt from this ruling, however individual Customs officers have conflicting views on the same. Under the previous Act the Re-Export period was 90 days, which allowed the Exporter adequate time to prepare the paperwork and permission to export the “Goods in Transit” to Cambodia, Malaysia or Myanmar.

As this impacts the attractiveness of Thailand as a Logistics Hub, we request the period of Re-export to be extended to 90 days.

The Thai Customs will have a public dialogue at the end of June to review this change in number of days for Re-export. For Laos , exporters can apply for 90 day period for re-export.

c. Roll Trailers (MAFI) that are used for the carriage of static cargo on Ro-Ro vessels and the Tow tractors that are used to pull the roll trailers are not treated as Cargo equipment by Thailand Customs. This means that they must be exported out of the country within 30 days of import to avoid paying duty on this equipment as per the new Customs Act – even though they do not leave the Laem Chabang port (which is a Customs bonded area). This creates additional cost and administration for the Ro-Ro carriers that come to Laem Chabang port and reduces the competitiveness of Thailand as a Logistics Hub.

Discussion ongoing with Exporters for exemption under Category 15 or Category 19.  JFCCT will follow up. They need case studies in Thai to take this forward.

d. Assessment of Customs duty can be extended beyond 5 years (by another 5 years) from the date of Goods Declaration submission if there is evidence of intent to defraud. However, Shippers and Receivers are only required to maintain documentation for 5 years. Hence, we request that the law be amended to ensure that assessment of Customs duty be completed within 5 years from the date of Goods Declaration submission.

After the period of 5 years is completed , the Customs will need to find the paperwork outside the Importers’ sources to prove the case or intent to defraud.

e. HS Code interpretation – We have brought up one case but need to submit Case studies in Thai to take this forward.

2. JFCCT can support and contribute to the Thai Customs Department amendment of the laws with case studies.

3. The Customs Department informed us that the Customs Alliance Phase 2 is extended to 15th June 2018 and companies doing business in Thailand are encouraged to sign up for the same.

 

 

09
JUN
2018

Midsummer Party 2018

We would like to invite you to our annual summer party. This year we will have a midsummer party and family BBQ, so bring your spouse, children, friends and colleagues, and join us on Saturday, 9 June. We cannot promise you a real Norwegian midsummer bonfire, but we can promise good food, drinks and good atmosphere.

Date: Saturday, 9 June 2018
Time: 16.00 – 19.00 hrs.
Venue: Residence of H.E. the Norwegian Ambassador, Sukhumvit Soi 38

Price

Adult members Baht 1,200
Adult non-members Baht 2,000
Children (2-12 years) Baht 500

Price includes BBQ dinner, free flow of drinks, games for children and one raffle ticket

RSVP: secretary@norcham.com by 4 June 2018

 

 

01
JUN
2018

Second issue of Norway-Asia Business Review 2018 published

The second 2018 issue of Norway-Asia Business Review was released on Friday, 1 June 2018. This issue focuses to a large degree on the successful completion of the Norway-Asia Business Summit held in Singapore from 16 to 18 April 2018. Several prominent speakers attended the summit including Norway's Minister of Fisheries, H.E. Mr. Per Sandberg and Singapore's Senior Minister of State, Dr Koh Poh Koon.

The latest issue also covers a number of energy related stories following the completion of the Norway-ASEAN Energy Workshop also held in Singapore on 16 April 2018. Several of these stories show how Norway can be a game-changer in the energy business by developing new and interesting technologies. Finally, we also take a look at Norway's opportunities in India's Maharashtra region and an exiting luxury seafood product introduced to the Asian markets for the first time.

The magazine reaches Norwegian-related business executives and decision makers throughout the region including the diplomatic missions as well as government ministries in Norway and Norwegian sector-based organisations, e.g. Innovation Norway and NHO. Business Review is a business magazine and the contents reflects this. The magazine focuses on Norwegian-related stories from the region and issues that have impact or interest for Norwegian related businesses. Business Review is available in print as well as digital form through  Issuu and Pressreader.

You can also download the magazine directly from our website:

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31
MAY
2018

Nordic Networking and Quiz Night POSTPONED

Repeating the success in January, SweCham, NorCham, DanCham and FinCham are pleased to invite you to yet another evening of business networking, nordic food, and fun.
Special for this event - test your knowledge about Nordic business during our Quiz game and take the opportunity to win grand prizes!

** NETWORKING / NORDIC QUIZ GAME / GRAND PRIZES / NORDIC FOOD **

Event Details:
Time: 18.30 - 19.00: Registration / 19.00 - 19.30: Welcome Drink and Networking / 19.30 – 20.15: Quiz Game and Prize handout / 20.15 Onwards: Networking
Venue: Marriott Executive Apartments Sukhumvit Park, Sukhumvit Soi 24 - Bangkok (MAP)
Price*: 500 THB Members / 1000 THB Non-members

RSVP:secretary@norcham.com

*Soft drinks, wine, beer and food included.

30
MAY
2018

Visit to Norwegian Seafood Council’s booth at ThaiFex – World of Food, Asia

ThaiFex is one of the largest food trade shows in the region, with representatives from 40 different countries and 55,000 visitors in 2017. This year, 13 different Norwegian seafood exporters were represented at the exhibition. Visitors got to see Norwegian Chef Geir Skeie and winner of Bocuse d'Or 2009 in action as well as Norwegian Seafood Council's Singaporean seafood specialist chef Jimmy Chok and Thai celebrity chef “Bas” Wattanasak Changkeb, all preparing assorted dishes for visitors to taste.

The event was held from Tuesday, 29 May to Saturday,2 June 2018 with the last day being open to the general public. For more information, please visit the website Norway Connect.

25
MAY
2018

Extraterritorial Applicability of the GDPR to Thai Companies

The European Union (EU) has recently adopted the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"), a new piece of legislation intended to protect the privacy of data subjects in the EU, which will be effective from 25 May 2018.

Why is the GDPR important to Thai companies? 

In short, Thai companies could be obliged to comply with the GDPR, even if such Thai companies have no established entity in the EU. The territorial reach of the GDPR is determined based on the nature of the business, irrespective of whether Thai companies would receive any fees from individuals in the EU.

Please visit Baker McKenzie's website:

Full article
24
MAY
2018

Multi-Chamber Sustainability for Business Forum 2018

Franco-Thai Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to participate in Multi-Chamber Sustainability for Business Forum 2018. Please find below for event information.

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018
Program:
Registration 13.30 hrs
Plenary sessions 14.00 - 15.00 hrs
Tracks 15.00 – 18.00 hrs
Networking cocktail 18.00 – 21.00 hrs
Venue: Ananda Campus, 11th Fl., Tower 2, FYI Center
Entry Fee:
Early bird
- Member 1,200 THB
- Non-member 1,500 THB
•At the door
- Member 1,500 THB
- Non-member 1,800 THB

Be aware that parking fees will be at your own charge.

Please see attachment for more information.

Also please contact csr@francothaicc.com or Khun Kan at kan@francothaicc.com .

 

23
MAY
2018

Leadership In Energy Innovation

CanCham Thailand in collaboration with the Embassy of Canada and supported by Bombardier and DFDL, cordially invites you to participate in CanCham’s Sustainability Luncheon: Leadership in Energy Innovation on May 23 at Ballroom II, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit (BTS Asoke).  Registration opens at 11:30.

 

Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 13:30
Venue: Ballroom II, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit
Dress Code: Business attire or smart casual
Entry Fee:
•THB 1,200 for CanCham members and participating partners
•THB 1,500 for non-members

Entrance fee includes a three-course western meal.

 

 

Please see attachment for more information.