Trade between Thailand and the People's Republic of China

Video | 11 December 2013

Greater Mekong Subregion Route 3 facilitates fast and easy transport of goods between the People's Republic of China and Thailand, bringing down the prices of imported Chinese goods in Thailand, allowing customers to buy more and shopkeepers to earn more profits.

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Title: Trade between Thailand and the People's Republic of China

Description: Greater Mekong Subregion Route 3 facilitates fast and easy transport of goods between the People's Republic of China and Thailand, bringing down the prices of imported Chinese goods in Thailand, allowing customers to buy more and shopkeepers to earn more profits.

VO: In the north of Thailand, Chiang Rai is the largest town before the Chinese border. The towns many markets form a commercial center of the community selling grocery supplies, household goods, and exotic food stuffs.

SOT: Viroon Kumpilo
President
Chiang Rai Chamber of Commerce
The biggest benefit from the road is the increase flow of trade in the subregion. Once the road is completed, trade started growing more and more.

VO: Chinese manufactured goods are popular here. And fruits and vegetables that grow only in a milder climate are in high demand.

SOT: Fruit Vendor
People like the Chinese fruits. They like to buy apples, and pears, and pomegranates in boxes for presents.

VO: The new Route 3 has brought down the prices for most of the Chinese goods. Transport times and costs have been reduced since the road opened 3 years ago, making life easier for shopkeepers. The daily markets have been an essential part of Chiang Rai for decades, with the new Route 3 they have been given a new lease on life.