11 July 2024

Thailand and Malaysia have agreed on a proposal to push for a Thai-Malaysian border check-point to be open around the clock to facilitate transport of goods between the two countries, said Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong.

He was speaking after a meeting on Thursday with Malaysian International Trade and Industry Minister Darell Leiking who visited Thailand in his first official overseas trip.

Both sides agreed to work together towards opening the Sadao-Bukit Kayu Hitam border checkpoint in the southern province of Songkhla around the clock to respond to growing demand for goods transported between Thailand and Malaysia, said Mr Sontirat.

Sadao-Bukit Kayu Hitam is a main border town of Malaysia’s Kedah state.

The two sides discussed various proposals to boost trade and investment between Thailand and Malaysia and to open the border 24 hours a day to help spur trade between the two countries, he said.

Both sides also discussed further cooperation to jointly boost exports of Thai and Malaysian agricultural products and processed farm products to the global market, he said.

Thailand also agreed on cooperation with Malaysian to bolster the palm oil manufacturing sector of both countries, he said, adding that Malaysia has a very strong palm oil making industry.

Malaysia is also ready to host the third Thai-Malaysian Joint Trade Committee (JTC) to further discuss bilateral trade and investment cooperation, he said.