Pornapa Thaicharoen


Pursuant to our client alert on Dual-Use Items last year, the Ministry of Commerce (“MOC“) has shifted its focus from revising and updating the Notification Regulating the Dual-Use Items, dated 16 October 2015, previously issued under the existing Export and Import of Goods, Act B.E. 2522 (1979) to the enactment of the new Trade Control on Weapons of Mass Destruction Related Items Act (“WMD Act“). On 30 April 2019, the WMD Act was enacted and announced in the Royal Gazette, and its main provisions will become effective on 1 January 2020.

The Thai cabinet recently approved a new regulation proposed by the Ministry of Commerce to control the export of dual-use goods in accordance with United Nations Security Council requirements, and to protect Thai exports. Thailand’s development on export regulation regarding dual-use goods has been ongoing since 2008. A Working Group on Preparing an Export Control System of Dual Use Goods has been established on 13 March 2008. In July 2010, the Cabinet approved the establishment…