The commerce ministry has engaged with the Lax-C wholesale-retail store in the United States to persuade it to import more Thai products.
Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit and his delegation recently entered into talks with Lax-C grocery wholesaler and retailer executive Anek Bholsangngam. The two parties discussed obstacles faced by U.S. importers of Thai products, such as the US Food and Drugs Administration’s quality standards.
Lax-C is the largest Thai products store in the Western United States. Dubbed the “Thai Costco” by locals, the store imports 400-500 million baht worth of products from Thailand each year. The store is located in Los Angeles’s Chinatown in California and caters to the Asian clientele in the U.S.
Minister Jurin said importers are encouraged to contact the office of the Thai commerce attaché in Los Angeles. The latter is ready to facilitate coordination with U.S. public agencies to enable importers to bring in Thai products more conveniently.
The U.S. is Thailand’s 2nd biggest export market. In the first 9 months of this year, Thailand exported 1.2 trillion baht worth of goods to the country. This marked a 30.34% expansion from the same period last year.
Key export products include computers, computer parts and accessories, rubber products, telecommunication equipment, gems and jewelry, and electrical appliances. The Ministry of Commerce expects exports of Thai food products to the U.S. to expand by at least 15% next year.
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