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Thai coconut supply controlled after UK ban

By The Nation

 

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The Department of Foreign Trade (DFT) is monitoring the situation after British supermarkets banned Thai coconut products in response to a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) report claiming that Thailand was abusing monkeys in the coconut industry.

 

DFT director-general Keerati Rushchano said that although the department is not responsible for exports, it will monitor the volume of coconut products in the country to ensure that prices do not drop.

 

"We will issue various measures, such as controlling the import of coconuts, checking coconut storage, and only allowing businesses to import coconuts via Bangkok Port and Laem Chabang Port customs offices," he said.

 

He explained that at the beginning of 2019, a network of coconut farmers in Prachuap Khiri Khan had urged the government to solve the problem of the falling coconut price.

 

"The Commerce Ministry responded by launching measures that were successful in solving the issue," he explained.

 

"Now, however, British supermarkets' move to ban Thai coconut products may cause an oversupply and pressure on the price because the country may not be able to process these products."

 

He said the department will monitor the situation closely, adding that if the price of coconut products began to fall or if there was an oversupply, the department would take action to help resolve the issue.

 

"Thailand imports coconuts under a World Trade Organisation agreement at a tax rate of 54 per cent," he added. "Thailand imported 112,130 tonnes of coconuts in 2019, down 43 per cent compared to the same period in 2018."

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30391032

 

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3 minutes ago, webfact said:

Now, however, British supermarkets' move to ban Thai coconut products may cause an oversupply and pressure on the price because the country may not be able to process these products

Predictable .. As soon as the mainstream media picked up on this a refusal by Brit retailers to sell anything connected with it was always on the cards .. Rather than fight a rearguard action as they have all week by continuing to try and justify using monkeys they should have come out and said decisively that the practice will end .. Now with this move of high st retailers trying to distance thereselves they have dug a deeper hole with stock backing up .. 

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One less Thai product on the shelves in the UK and I couldnt care less tbh. Too many excuses and BS response from Thailand, instead of just saying its being resolved or guaranteeing supply from a better source yada yada, but naaa all they can do is make up rubbish and go in circles instead.  In light of the stupid way Thailand is not dealing with the concerns banning all Thai coconut products is the default option and rightly so. 

 

Plenty of Coconut exporters out there all too happy to fill the gap without Monkey labour...

 

Nice one Thailand, another own goal. 

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15 minutes ago, Youlike said:

Why is thailand importing soo many coconuts?

I’m wondering too. But the bigger scandal is that they impose a 54% tariff to protect their market. Are there no exporting countries covered by an FTA?

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2 hours ago, CLS said:

I’m wondering too. But the bigger scandal is that they impose a 54% tariff to protect their market. Are there no exporting countries covered by an FTA?

Its a WTO agreement. That's how the WTO works (until countries renege).

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37 minutes ago, mrfill said:

Its a WTO agreement. That's how the WTO works (until countries renege).

The WTO only defines the maximum committed tariffs. If Thailand was more competitive they could reduce these tariffs.

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6 hours ago, torturedsole said:

Utter ridiculous response in banning coconut products but this is typical nonsense that I expect from UK outlets.  They don't think these things through.  

Agreed, they're merely kow-towing to the demands of the PC brigade who are seeking to impose their will on the UK. Absolutely pathetic IMHO.

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8 hours ago, torturedsole said:

Utter ridiculous response in banning coconut products but this is typical nonsense that I expect from UK outlets.  They don't think these things through.  

Black blm

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How are each of these 112130 tonnes of coconuts picked? It can be demonstrated that none of them were picked by monkies?

 

How come there are so many coconuts imported when Thailand uses cheap (monkey) labour? Shows that Thailand may not be that cheap after all. 

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