"Adopting international standards is an investment to differentiate your company from others, but SMEs are resistant to the standards due to cost," Mr Nopporn told a seminar on developing Thai logistics to support the
He said SMEs must also remain aware of how the global economy would affect their business, enabling them to manage risk and adapt to change.
Mr Nopporn also urged
Surajitr Wanpae, director of the
Mr Nopporn told the seminar that exports contracted in the first five months of this year because the economies of
But exports are likely to surge in the second half, especially to European countries, as customers increase orders before the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) ends.
Without a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) with the EU, however, Thai exports to
"An FTA is crucial for Thai products to remain competitive," Mr Nopporn said.
"For example, without it Thai products could potentially cost 15% more than
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