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03 September 2008 :: 16:09:16 pm 42766

Work Stoppage at Bangkok Port to Affect Exports and Imports: FTI

BANGKOK, Sept 3 - Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) chairman Santi Vilassakdanont on Wednesday conceded that a work stoppage of even a few employees of the Port Authority of Thailand (PAT) at Bangkok Port would affect exports of various products and imports of raw materials and machinery.
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He said the transfer of port services from Bangkok Port to other ports would raise costs and cause inconvenience because normally there are many cargo containers waiting to be loaded for shipment at the port.

At present, he said, Thailand’s economic growth counts mainly on exports because domestic economic factors are unfavourable.

Annual exports represent around 70 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product valued at Bt8 trillion or so at current.

Mr. Santi said that what exporters are now concerned about is the possible transfer of purchase orders for Thai products from foreign countries to other countries because buyers are becoming fearful that Thai exporters will be unable to deliver their products on schedule.

In addition, some foreign importers might reduce their purchases of products from Thailand since they are uncertain about the product delivery.

“Thai exporters need to negotiate with foreign buyers to ensure they have proper understanding of a delay in the product delivery. Otherwise, they may shift to make purchase orders with other countries,” he said. (TNA)

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The Deputy Chairman of the Port Authority of Thailand?s Labor Union, Mr. Paithoon Thongkam (ไพทูลย์ ทองคำ), reveals that some port employees have taken a leave of absence from work in order to signal their opposition to the government. Mr. Paithoon affirms that the number of workers who did not show up for work was low, although their roles in operating 10 crane units means that the export process for goods at many ports have been hampered.

Mr. Paithoon said that he has instructed container ships to remain anchored in the Gulf of Thailand until the situation becomes clearer. He reports that the Khlong Toei (คลองเตย) Port, or Bangkok Port accommodates more than 1.5 million tons of cargo per year, and is serviced by Port Authority of Thailand employees. Meanwhile the Laem Chabang (แหลมฉบัง) Deepwater Port is serviced by private contractors.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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