Thailand to seek talks with US on trade privileges loss

NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) – Officials said Thailand plans to seek talks with the United States (US) on a decision to end preferential trade privileges on a range of Thai exports including seafood.

Senior Thai Commerce Ministry Keerati Rushchano said yesterday that his office has been warning exporters that the US might withdraw the duty-free status for some products.

The Office of the US Trade Representative announced last Friday it was suspending USD1.3 billion in trade preferences for Thailand under the Generalised System of Preferences because of its failure to adequately protect worker rights.