Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit held a meeting with Japan’s ambassador to Thailand on Friday (March 24) in a bid to boost exports of Thai fruits to Japan during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Jurin met with Ambassador Nashida Kazuya to promote the sale of Thai mango, durian, pineapple and other fruits in Japan, through marketing activities and TV shopping channels.
Japan is the biggest global market for Thailand’s annual Bt1 trillion food exports.
The minister also asked for extra cargo space from Japanese airlines to transport more fruit from Thailand to Japan during the Covid-19 crisis. The Department of International Trade Promotion was tasked with implementing the changes in collaboration with the Japanese Embassy.
The minister also said that Japan is ready to collaborate with Thailand on signing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) this year for mutual commercial benefits. Under the Japan-Thailand Economic Partnership Agreement (JTEPA) signed in 2007, Japan has become Thailand’s second-largest trade partner, with trade between the countries valued at $57.78 billion in 2019.
From January to March this year, trade between Thailand and Japan was worth $13.903 billion, including $6.061 billion in exports and $7.842 in imports.