The Royal Thai Government announced an Emergency Decree on Electronic Media Conference, B.E. 2563 (2020) which came into force on April 19, 2020. It will allow board meetings and shareholders meetings to take place entirely via electronic means and attendants will no longer be required to be physically present in Thailand. The New Royal Decree is expected to apply to board meetings and shareholders meetings of both private and public Thai companies, as well as meetings of partnerships, trade associations, and chambers of commerce.
Exemption of customs duties on imported goods for treatment, diagnosis or preventing of coronavirus
The Ministry of Finance issued the announcement dated 10 April 2020 on the exemption of customs duties on imported goods for the purpose of treating, diagnosing or preventing Coronavirus Disease 2019, regardless of the tariff classification according to the list announced by the Ministry of Public Health In which the importer must comply with the regulations prescribed by the Director-General. Effective from 26 March 26 2020 to 30 September 2020.
The Ministry of Public Health issued the announcement on the list of drugs and other items (medical devices and list of hazardous substances in the category of cleaning disinfectant products) which is a list in accordance with the Notification of the Ministry of Finance regarding the exemption of customs duties on imported goods for use in the treatment, diagnosis or prevention of Coronarvirus Disease 2019.
Private sector associations and the Minister of Energy discussed on 23rd April 2020 the following relief measure on electricity charges
1. Exemption of minimum electricity charge. The electricity users to be charged for the actual consumption in order to help reduce costs for electricity users in the Category 3 (Medium sized business), Category 4 (Large sized business), Category 5 (Specific business) Category 6 (Non-profit organization) Category 7 (Pump water for agriculture).
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has laid out measures from April to June 2020. The private sector requested the ERC to extend this from June to until December 2020.
2. Business operators are requesting a waiver of electricity payment for the service businesses affected by Covid-19, such as tourism and hotels. ERC therefore requested the business operators to prepare more details on this.
3. Refund of electricity usage insurance for small and medium businesses, which the ERC will consider.