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Setting up a company in Thailand: what you need to know!

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In recent years, with the rapid rise of Southeast Asian economy, a large number of domestic enterprises and investors have gone to Southeast Asia for development. Although Thailand's per capita GDP cannot catch up with China, it contains many business opportunities, and its economy has been in a state of steady growth. A large number of Chinese companies have set off a trend of opening branches in Thailand. Leading companies in various industries have entered Thailand, which is not only optimistic about the economic situation in Thailand, but also sees the new historical opportunities of "One Belt, One Road" and "China-Thailand visa-free".


Setting up a company in Thailand is beneficial for enterprises to optimize profits, reduce intermediate links and simplify processes, so that enterprises can save cost structure and increase profit margins. In addition, they can also protect their intellectual property rights and property security, and promote corporate innovation and business growth.


Below, I will introduce the process and materials required to open a company in Thailand:


1. Requirements for company registration

1. At least two shareholders and one director are required;

2. For industries restricted to foreigners, Thai shareholders must hold at least 51% of the shares;

3. Need to have a business registration address in Thailand;

4. The registered capital is at least 1 million baht:

If it is a joint venture company that needs to apply for a work visa for a foreigner, it can only apply for a work visa for one foreigner for every 2 million baht of registered capital and for four Thai employees who have to purchase social security.

If it is a wholly foreign-owned company, the final amount of registered capital needs to be determined based on the investment plan approved by the BOI.


2. Company Registration Process and Estimated Completion Time

1. Submit the name to the Ministry of Commerce for verification;

2. Prepare materials and draft the company registration materials, which will be signed by directors and shareholders and then submitted to the Ministry of Commerce;

3. After the Ministry of Commerce accepts the application, you will receive a business license.


3. Materials required for company registration

1. Provide 1-3 English names. The company name usually ends with CO.,LTD.;

2. Provide the landlord's address, household register, and map (if the property is owned by a company, a full set of registration materials are required). In addition, if taxation is required, the lease contract, land deed, sales contract, and landlord's ID card signed by both parties are required;

3. Provide a scanned copy of the passport/ID card of the shareholder and director, and sign with a blue pen (foreigners provide passports, Thais provide ID cards);

4. Provide information on equity distribution , business scope, registered capital, investment ratio, and contact numbers and email addresses of shareholders and directors.


4. Advantages of registering a Thai company

1. Natural persons or legal persons and their relatives can apply for long-term residence, multiple entry and exit visas and work permits, replace Chinese overseas Chinese passports, facilitate free entry and exit, and apply for European and American visas.

2. After 3 years of residence, you can apply for permanent residence, including family members' permanent residence. After 5 years, you can apply for Thai nationality and enter and exit the ten ASEAN countries and dozens of other countries without a visa.

3. Various types of enterprises and special industry companies that are difficult to be approved for registration in China can be established, and import and export settlement accounts in any currency can be established to facilitate various international business activities.

4. Set up a joint venture with a mainland company in the name of your own overseas company and enjoy income tax reduction or exemption.

5. After registering a Thai company, investors can use their own holding companies to directly purchase and legally own Thai villas, land and real estate with land.

6. Whether before or after China's accession to the WTO, foreign companies that conduct business or investment activities in China can enjoy the win-win advantage of equal treatment for foreigners and Chinese citizens.


Concurrent risks:

1. The legal and business environment in Thailand is different from other countries. Registering a company in Thailand requires compliance with a series of laws and regulations, including the Thai Company Act, the Thai Tax Act, the Foreign Business Act, etc. These laws and regulations may be different from the ones you are familiar with, so you need to spend more time and energy to understand and comply with them.


2. Due to the constraints of the political and economic environment, registering a company involves many details that need to be considered, including the equity distribution and risks of Thais, the legitimacy of foreign directors, and the processing of a series of licenses encountered in the subsequent operation and development of the company. If you are not careful in planning, you may fall into compliance risks or take a lot of detours.


3. Thailand’s business environment also has some challenges. Thailand’s labor market also has some problems, such as high labor costs and low labor quality. The Chinese management model is not suitable for the local social and cultural environment in Thailand, and is prone to problems and risks in employment.


The political environment in Thailand may also have an impact on your business. The political environment in Thailand is not very stable and there may be changes in the government, which may have an adverse impact on your business. The social and cultural environment in Thailand is also different from other countries and requires you to understand and adapt.


How to avoid these risks?

1. You need to understand Thailand’s political, socio-cultural environment in order to better adapt to the local environment.

2. You need to understand Thailand’s business environment and labor market to better plan your business.

3. You need to find a reliable one-stop provider of Thailand company registration services to help you consider and plan your Thailand business from a comprehensive perspective to minimize risks and troubles.


Overall, choosing to set up a company in Thailand is a strategic choice for businesses looking to expand their business in the Asian market. By entering the market directly, companies are able to gain greater control, build deeper relationships, and maximize profit potential. Choosing the right partner who can easily navigate the complexities of company establishment will set you up for success in Thailand's vibrant business ecosystem.


Wellion is committed to meeting the full range of needs of companies entering the Thai market. From company formation to certification, from establishing a physical presence to providing interim management solutions, our expertise covers all aspects of company establishment and market entry. With our guidance and support, companies can easily overcome regulatory obstacles and focus on achieving their growth goals.


If you have any questions about opening a company in Thailand after reading the above, please feel free to communicate with us through WeChat public account. We will develop a set of registration suggestions for you to help you enter the Thai market faster and overcome difficulties!

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