Thailand Logistics Industry Executive Analysis

With the Implementation of Regional Transport Agreement, Focus on Cross-border Transport Services Likely to Drive Growth

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Thailand always enjoyed a robust economy until the political crisis during 2013–2014. During this time, the economy was badly hit and resulted in negative growth. A lot of investments and expansion in the industrial sector were put on hold due to the uncertainty of the economy. The crisis also affected the export market in 2013. However, significant growth was observed in 2014 with exports increasing, whereas imports reduced significantly. Again, in 2015, there was a decline in exports due to slow global economic recovery and the depreciation of the currency of trading partners. Most export goods experienced a decline, except for machinery.

Thailand, with its central location in mainland Southeast Asia and the Greater Mekong sub-region, has potential to be a key logistics hub for companies setting up manufacturing bases in Indochina. With the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), further trade and service liberalization is expected to help boost demand for integrated logistics services and fuel the growth of cross-border trade.

In addition, as the Thai Baht continues to strengthen, the Thai government plans to reduce the cost of production by improving overall logistics cost to remain competitive among ASEAN members. Thailand’s transportation and storage sector is expected to grow at a faster pace with the disbursement of logistics infrastructure projects valued at $18 billion since end-2015.

This research service provides insights into the developments of the Thailand logistics industry, key freight activities, and key drivers and restraints. It also discusses the impact of AEC and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on the industry and the new opportunities expected to arise in the near future.

The study answers the following key questions:
·     What are the prevailing trends in Thailand’s logistics industry and what will it look like in the years to come?
·     What is Thailand’s logistics industry performance in terms of freight volume?
·     What are the key freight activities?
·     What are the key growth drivers?
·     What are the issues and challenges faced by market participants?
·     What are the areas of improvement and what can be done?
·     How will the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) affect the logistics companies in Thailand?
·     What are the potential impacts of the TPP agreement on Thailand sectors? (The industries covered are automotive, electrical and electronics, and medical tourism)
·     What growth opportunities are expected to arise in the near future that will enable market participants to gain market share?

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary
Key Findings
2. Thailand Logistics Industry—An Overview
Logistics Industry Overview
Key Summary
3. Freight Activity in Thailand
Thailand Freight Volume
Sea Freight Development in Thailand
Road Freight Development in Thailand
Air Freight Development in Thailand
Transportation and Logistics Market Size Projection
Key Summary
4. Drivers and Restraints
Market Drivers
Regional hub open to its dynamic neighbors in ASEAN
Diversified and efficient agricultural and industrial production
Higher level of development
Association with global economy
Market Restraints
Political and administrative problems
Slowdown in Chinese economy
Higher business costs
Lower level of logistics skill and knowledge
5. ASEAN Economic Community
ASEAN Economic Community
6. Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Summary of the TPP Agreement
Areas Covered by the TPP Agreement among Country Members
Potential Impacts by TPPA on Thailand Sectors
#1—Thailand Automotive Industry
#2—Thailand Electrical and Electronics (E&E) Industry
#3—Thailand Medical Tourism Hub
Key Summary
7. Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action
Growth Opportunity—Thailand Logistics Industry
8. Way Forward for Thailand Logistics Industry
Development of Logistics Industry
Transport Infrastructure Development Strategies 2015–2022
Moving Forward
Key Summary
Legal Disclaimer
9. The Frost & Sullivan Story


List of Figures & Charts

1. Transportation and Logistics Market: Key Market Drivers, Thailand, 2016–2020
2. Transportation and Logistics Market: Key Market Restraints, Thailand, 2016–2020
3. ASEAN Logistics Friendliness Indicator, Southeast Asia, 2014
4. Transportation and Logistics Market: Impact of TPPA on Key Sectors, Thailand, 2016


1. Growth of GDP and Service Segment, Thailand, 2010–2016f
2. Growth of Service Segment Compared to Transport, Storage, and Courier Sector, Thailand, 2010–2016f
3. Exports and Imports, Thailand, 2011–2015
4. Types of Export Commodities, Thailand, 2015
5. Exports, Thailand, 2015
6. Imports, Thailand, 2015
7. GDP by Key Industries, Thailand, 2015
8. GDP from Transport, Storage, and Communications, Thailand, 2015
9. Total Transportation and Logistics Market: Percentage Breakdown of Logistics Cost, Thailand, 2010–2016f
10. Transportation and Logistics Market: Freight Volume by Transportation Mode, Thailand, 2010–2016f
11. Transportation and Logistics Market: Sea Cargo and Container Throughput, Thailand, 2010–2016f
12. Transportation and Logistics Market: Road Freight Volume, Thailand, 2010–2016f
13. Transportation and Logistics Market: Border Trade, Thailand, 2015
14. Transportation and Logistics Market: Rail Freight Volume, Thailand, 2010–2016f
15. Transportation and Logistics Market: Infrastructure Development Allocation Based on Key Mode, Thailand, 2015
16. Transportation and Logistics Market: Railway Development Strategy, Targets, and Benefits, Thailand, 2020
17. Transportation and Logistics Market: Air Freight Volume, Thailand, 2010–2016f
18. Transportation and Logistics Market: Revenue Forecast, Thailand, 2011–2020(f)
19. ASEAN Economic Community Achievement, ASEAN, 2010–2018
20. Automotive Industry: Auto Sales Volume by Manufacturer, Thailand, 2015
21. Electrical & Electronic Industry: Exports, Thailand, 2015
22. Electrical & Electronic Industry: Electronic Components Segment, Thailand, 2015
23. Transportation and Logistics Market: Development of Logistics Industry, Thailand, 2013–2022



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