Discussion Papers

No.383 Impact of Product-related Environmental Regulations/Voluntary Requirements on Thai Firms

by Nudjarin RAMUNGUL, Etsuyo MICHIDA , Kaoru NABESHIMA

February 2013


The rules governing the trade of goods in global markets have shifted toward non-tariff measures related to environmental and chemical safety. Unlike traditional environmental/safety requirements, the scope of modern regulations covers products’ environmental performance and chemical safety. To comply with these modern regulations, production practices along the entire supply chain must be realigned to manage certain chemical substances incorporated into the final product. This paper examines the implications of product-related environmental and chemical safety regulations on different firms operating in Thailand.

Keywords: exports, environment, regulation
JEL classification: Q56, O25, F18

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