The cabinet on Tuesday (Jan 16) declared six goods, one of them para rubber, on the list of controlled goods, or goods under close monitoring.
Approval of an inclusion of para rubber on the Commerce Ministry’s list came after rubber farmers complained of sharp price fall and wanted assistance from the government.
Vice Commerce Minister Nattaporn Jatusripitak said the cabinet endorsed the proposal to include six goods into the existing list of 47 controlled goods as proposed by the Ministry of Commerce, making the list of controlled goods to a total of 53.
The six goods are para rubber, soap, shampoo, fabric conditioner, baby and adult diapers, and dishwashing liquid.
He said these goods were included because officials received complaints from consumers that manufacturers have scaled down the sizes of packages but still selling at same prices or not reducing prices in proportion to reducing quantities.
Internal Trade Department’s director-general Boonyarit Kalayanamit explained that putting para rubber on the list of controlled goods would allow the central committee on goods and services to take prompt actions should problems regarding rubber price occur.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)