Ministry of Commerce has announced the Notification Regarding the Prohibition
of the Importation of Electronic Waste into the Kingdom B.E. 2563, effective
from September 15, 2020, in an effort to save the environment and protect
views that the ban will be a boon for Thailand's environment and will, to a
certain extent, help save environment-related costs. However, in order to
efficiently reduce problems related to imported electronic waste (e-waste), a ban
should also be imposed on the rising importation of used electrical appliances
and used electronics too, taking their high import value of USD59.1 million in
2019 into account.
value can be gained from used electronics, as they can be reused or placed on
the second-hand electronics market or replacement equipment market (REM). However,
such second-hand products have a short service life, so they will eventually
become electronic waste that causes disposal costs.
import restriction measures on second-hand electronics should be tightened to
prevent other countries from using Thailand as a dumping ground for e-waste.
Additional rules may be required; for instance, importers may be required to
prove that e-waste imports can be used to add value to other products.
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