Representative Office in Thailand
Australian investors may also choose to establish a representative office in Thailand to provide their company with a presence in the Kingdom but such office's functions are limited to five (5) different activities only:
- To report the movement the Kingdom's economy.
- To provide its head office with advice regarding their products sold to distributors and or customers in Thailand.
- To source goods and services in the country.
- To inspect and control the quality and quantity of goods ordered or purchased by the head office abroad.
- To provide customers in Thailand with information with regards to the head office's products and services.
Even with the limit of allowed activities, the Australian's representative office in the Kingdom is still required to apply for and obtain a Foreign Business License before it can operate.
When working on with the requirements and knowing more about the functions of their representative office in Thailand, Australian investors may discover that the purposes and the allowed functions of their office in the Kingdom are similar with the allowed functions for representative offices of foreign corporations in Australia.
Yet, even with these similarities, it is prudent and highly advisable for these group of businessmen to proceed with their application in Thai with extreme caution as the procedure utilized in the Kingdom may be different with that of Australia's. Also, the whole process in Thailand can be very complex for them and so they are encouraged to consult with well-respected corporate lawyers or firms with vast experience in dealing with the Kingdom's representative office registration process.
Although it is a given fact that the Australian business entity already have a corporate lawyer of their own, the proponents of the representative office in Thailand must remember that their corporate lawyer may not be allowed to practice law in the Kingdom and are limited to certain functions only such as consultancy.