Thai government to start national container shipping line

Thai government to start national container shipping line

October 24, 2023

In order to promote maritime trade, the Transport Ministry of Thailand is going to establish a national shipping company, according to Bangkok Post’s report.

The deputy transport minister, Manaporn Charoensri, asked the Port Authority of Thailand (PAT) to conduct a feasibility study for the cabinet to review. Next, the Ministry has to decide if the shipping company should be run as a state enterprise or under a public-private partnership model.

Initially, the shipping company would contribute about 2% of Thailand’s export and import trade value or about 31,005 TEUs. According to sources, the national shipping line aims to start operations with four container ships.

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