Exploratory Discussions towards a Canada-Thailand Free Trade Agreement

Last updated March 2012.

On March 23, 2012, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand announced that Canada and Thailand will pursue exploratory discussions towards potential bilateral free trade agreement negotiations. Thailand is Canada’s largest merchandise trading partner in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). In 2012, Canada’s bilateral merchandise trade with Thailand amounted to $3.3 billion.  Canadian businesses have invested $669 million in the Thai economy up to the end of 2011.


On March 23, 2013, the Government of Canada embarked on a comprehensive consultation process with citizens, provincial and territorial governments, and industry to seek input on a potential free trade agreement with Thailand (see Canada Gazette: Consultations on Potential Free Trade Agreement Negotiations with Thailand).

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If you have any questions or comments about this initiative we would like to hear from you. Please contact the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development at the following address:

Trade Negotiations II Division (TPW)
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2
Fax: 613-944-5119
Email: Thailand-Consultations-Thailande@international.gc.ca