Exploratory Discussions towards a Canada-Thailand Free Trade Agreement

Last updated May 2015.

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. Exploratory discussions are a procedural exercise conducted at the officials’ level, with no political engagement.

As of May 29, 2014, Canada has limited the scope of its bilateral relations with Thailand, during the period of military rule and continues to call on the return to civilian representative government.

Thailand is Canada’s largest merchandise trading partner in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). In 2014, Canada’s bilateral merchandise trade with Thailand amounted to $3.6 billion.  Canadian businesses have invested $106 million in the Thai economy up to the end of 2014.


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 Global Affairs Canada at the following address:

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