Nowadays, the countries besides the obligation to protect territorial integrity and security must also focus on upgrading and perfecting the quality of daily life for each citizen. This is not only in controlling the output quality of essential goods, but also from products outside the country that are imported and consumed domestically.

In the context of increasing global trade protectionism, the construction of technical barriers to trade is one of the measures that countries cannot ignore in the list of measures to protect domestic manufacturing industries. Currently, many countries are applying technical barriers, namely the type of product standard certificates, for items imported into consumption in the domestic market. For example, in Southeast Asia, when importing into the Malaysian market, the exporter must have “SIRIM Certificate“, for the Indonesian market, the exporter must have “SNI Certificate” or the Indian market requires “BIS Certificate“… and Thailand market is no exception.

Before that, Thailand have applied TIS Certificate to many import items such as: electronic items; foodstuffs; construction materials. However, this country gradually adds many new steel items for the “List if Compulsory standard”. On August 27 2020, Thailand will apply for Galvanized steel, on February 23 2021 for Cold rolled coil and in the future more and more steel product will be considered. Therefore, it will cause many difficulties for exporters who have just entered the market or for exporters who have no experience in the procedures for certification of product quality. So what are the difficulties exporters face when they do not have a TIS certificate? We will briefly review the problems when exporter have no TIS Certificate: When arriving at the port, the goods must be stored and wait for 1-2 months for 3rd party inspection, once the inspection results are available, in case you pass TIS standard you have to wait another 2-3 months to apply for TIS Certificate. Obviously, if you have a certificate, you transport the goods to the port and importers only need carry the goods to the warehouse. Everything will happen very quickly.

It can be seen that the import of goods into this market will be interrupted, as expected, this period will last up to 6 months. Without a certificate, exporters not only incur significant costs for docking and storage. The worst case is that goods that do not meet the quality that Thailand requires will incur additional costs to return the goods, causing loss of credibility with the importer, affecting the reputation of the exporter. Moreover, for poor quality goods at the port of destination, the Customs Authority will pay more attention to the goods that do not meet this requirement, and will strictly censor this item in the next import. This is a situation that no exporter wants to happen to their goods. 

Another source of information is that in February 2020, Thailand launched an investigation into the application of anti-dumping duties on CRC and GI products imported from China. Up to now, the volume of imports from China to Thailand accounted for a large amount. If Thailand imposed anti-dumping duties on these goods, Chinese exporters will be more reserved in promoting goods into this market. Moreover, Thailand is considered as the largest trading partner of Vietnam in Southeast Asia. This is absolutely a golden opportunity for Vietnamese steel exporters. Therefore, to shorten the import time period as well as to be more active in exporting goods to this market. The best solution for exporters is to quickly apply for product quality certification of the goods you want to export.

Luckily, MRS Team with market knowledge and technical barrier regulations are available to support factories on this regulation. We can handle the registration procedure for only over 1 month to get a TIS Certificate.

To know more detail about TIS Certificate, please contact us at:

Ms. Gracie –  Juridical Executive of MRS Steel


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