1. Neither Party shall apply restrictions on the making of payments, remittances, and other transfers of funds to or from the territories of the other Party, except (a) to the extent necessary to assure the availability of foreign exchange for payments for goods and services essential to the health and welfare of its people, or (b) in the case of a member of the International Monetary Fund, restrictions specifically requested or approved by the Fund.
2. If either Party applies exchange restrictions, it shall make reasonable provision for the withdrawal is foreign exchange in the currency of the other Party, of: (a) the compensation referred to in Article III, paragraph 2, of the present Treaty; (b) earnings, whether in the form of salaries, interest, dividends, commissions; royalties, payments for technical services, or otherwise; and (c) amounts for amortization of loans, depreciation of direct investments and capital transfers, giving consideration to special needs for other transactions. If more than one rate of exchange is in force, the rate applicable to such withdrawal shall be a rate which is specifically approved by the International Monetary Fund for such transactions.
3. Either Party applying exchange restrictions shall in general administer them in a manner not to influence disadvantageously the competitive position of the commerce, transport or investment of capital of the other Party in comparison with the commerce, transport or investments of any third country.
1. Each Party shall accord to products of the other Party, from whatever place and by whatever type of carrier arriving, and to products destined for exportation to the territories of such other Party, by whatever route and by whatever type of carrier, treatment no less favorable than that accorded like products of, or destined for exportation to, any third country, in all matters relating to: (a) customs duties, as well as any other charges, regulations and formalities levied upon or in connection 'with importation and exportation; and (b) internal taxation, sale, distribution, storage and use. The same rule shall apply with respect to the international transfer of payments for imports and exports.
2. Neither Party shall impose restrictions or prohibitions on the importation of any product of the other Party, or on the exportation of any product to the territories of the other Party, unless the importation of the like product of, or the exportation of the like product to, all third countries is similarly restricted or prohibited.
3. If either Party imposes quantitative restrictions on the importation or exportation of any product in which the other Party has an important interest:
(a) It shall, upon request, inform the other Party of the approximate total amount of the product, by quantity or value, that may be imported or exported during a specified period, and of any change in such amount or period; and
(b) If it makes allotments to any third country, it shall afford such other Party a share proportionate to the amount of the product, by quantity or value, supplied by or to it during a previous representative period, due consideration being given to any special factors affecting the trade in such product.
4. Either Party may-impose prohibitions or restrictions on sanitary or other customary grounds of a non-commercial nature, or in the interest of preventing deceptive or unfair practices, provided such prohibitions or restrictions do not arbitrarily discriminate against the commerce of the other Party.
5. Either Party may adopt measures necessary to assure the utilization of accumulated inconvertible currencies or to deal with a stringency of foreign exchange. However, such measures shall deviate no more than necessary from a policy designed to promote the maximum development of non-discriminatory international trade and to expedite the attainment of a balance of payments position which will obviate the necessity of such measures.
6. Each Party reserves the right to accord special advantages: (a) to products of its national fisheries; (b) to adjacent countries in order to facilitate frontier traffic; or (c) by virtue of a customs union or a free trade area of which either Party may become a member, or of an interim agreement leading to the formation of a customs union or free trade area which either Party may enter into. Each Party, moreover, reserves rights and obligations it may have under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, and special advantages it may accord pursuant thereto.
1. In the administration of its customs regulations and procedures, each Party shall: (a) publish all requirements of general application affecting importation and exportation; (b) apply such requirements in a uniform, impartial and reasonable manner; (c) refrain, as a general practice, from enforcing new or more burdensome requirements until after public notice thereof; and (d) allow appeals to be taken from rulings of the customs authorities. Moreover, the customs authorities of each Party shall not impose greater than nominal penalties for infractions resulting from clerical errors or from mistakes made in good faith as deemed appropriate by the customs authorities.
2. Nationals and companies of either Party shall be accorded treatment no less favorable than that accorded nationals and companies of the other Party, or of any third country, with respect to all matters relating to importation and exportation.
3. Neither Party shall impose any measure of a discriminatory nature that hinders or prevents the importer or exporter of products of either Party from obtaining marine insurance on such products in companies of the other Party.
1. Between the territories of the two Parties there shall be freedom of commerce and navigation.
2. Vessels under the tag of either Party, and carrying the papers required by its law in proof of nationality, shall be deemed to be vessels of that Party both on the high seas and within the ports, places and waters of the other Party.
3. Vessels of either Party shall have liberty, on equal terms with vessels of the other Party and with vessels of any third country, to come with their cargoes to all ports, places and waters of such other Party open to foreign commerce and navigation- Such vessels and cargoes shall in all respects be accorded national treatment and most-favored-nation treatment within the ports, places and waters of such other Party, but each Party may reserve exclusive rights and privileges to its own vessels with respect to the coasting trade, inland navigation and national fisheries.
4. Vessels of either Party shall be accorded national treatment and most-favored-nation treatment by the other Party with respect to the right to carry all products that may be carried by vessel to or from the territories of such other Party, and such products shall be accorded treatment no less favorable than that accorded like products carried in vessels of such other Party, with respect to : (a) duties and charges of all kinds; (b) the administration of the customs; and (c) bounties, drawbacks and other privileges of this nature.
5. Vessels of either Party that are in distress shall be permitted to take refuge in the nearest port or haven of the other Party, and shall receive friendly ,treatment and assistance.
6. The term "vessels", as used herein, means all types of vessels, whether privately or publicly owned or operated, but this term does not, except with reference to paragraphs 2 and 5 of the present Article, include fishing vessels or vessels of war.
1. Each Party undertakes (a) that enterprises owned or controlled by its Government, and monopolies or agencies granted exclusive or special privileges within its territories, shall make their purchases and sales involving either imports or exports affecting the commerce of the other Party solely in accordance with commercial considerations, including price, quality, availability,- marketability, transportation and other conditions of purchase or sale; and (b) that nationals, companies and commerce of such other Party shall be afforded adequate opportunity, in accordance with customary business practice, to compete for participation in such purchases and sales.
2. Each Party shall accord to nationals, companies and commerce of the other Party fair and equitable treatment, as cornered with that accorded to nationals, companies and commerce of arty third country, with respect to: (a) the governmental purchase of supplies; (b) the awarding of concessions and other government contracts; and (c) the sale of any service by the Government or by any monopoly or agency granted exclusive or special privileges.
1. The present Treaty shall not preclude the application of measures
(a) regulating the importation or exportation of gold or silver;
(b) regulating to fissionable materials, their radio-active by-products, or the sources thereof;
(c) regulating the production of or traffic in arms, ammunition and implements of war, or traffic in other materials carried on directly or indirectly for the purpose of supplying a military establishment; .
(d) regulating, on a non-discriminatory basis, military requisition of supplies and implements of war in time of emergency or in time of war;
(e) necessary to fulfill the obligations of either Party for the maintenance or restoration of international peace and security, or necessary to protect its essential security interests; or
(f) denying to any company in the ownership or direction of which nationals of any third country or countries have directly or indirectly the controlling interest, the advantages of the present Treaty, except with respect to recognition of juridical status and with respect to access to courts of justice and to administrative tribunals and agencies.
2.The present Treaty does not accord any right to engage in political activities.
3. The most-favored-nation provisions of the present Treaty relating to the treatment of goods shall not extend to advantages accorded by the United States of America or its territories and possessions, irrespective of any future change is their political status, to one another, to the Republic of Cuba, to the Republic of the Philippines, to the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands or to the Panama Canal Zone.
4. The provisions of the present Treaty as regards the most-favored-nation treatment do not apply to:
(a) favors now granted or which may hereafter be granted to neighboring States with regard to navigation on or use of boundary waterways not navigable from the sea; or
(b) favors now granted or which may hereafter be granted in virtue of national legislation on the promotion of industrial investment.
1. Each Party shall accord sympathetic consideration to, and shall afford adequate opportunity for consultation regarding, such representations as the other Party may make with respect to any matter affecting the operation of the present Treaty.
2. Any dispute between the Parties as to the interpretation or application of the present Treaty, act satisfactorily adjusted by diplomacy or other pacific means, shall be submitted, at the request of either Party, to a panel of arbitrators for settlement in accordance with applicable principles of international law. The panel shall be composed of three members, one selected by each Party and the third chosen by the members selected by the Parties. In the event the members selected by the Parties are unable to agree upon the third member within one month, the third member shall be one who is designated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations at the request of either Party.
1. The present Treaty shall be ratified, and the ratification thereof shall be exchanged at Washington, D.C. as .soon as possible.
2. The present Treaty shall enter into force one month after the date of exchange of ratification. Thereupon it shall replace and terminate the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation signed at Bangkok on November 13, 1937.
3. The present Teary shall re main in fore for ;en years and shall continue in force thereafter until terminated as provided herein.
4. Either Party may by giving one year's written notice to the other Party, terminate the present Treaty at the end of the initial ten-year period or at any time thereafter.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF the respective Plenipotentiaries have signed the present Treaty and have affixed hereunto their seals.
DONE in duplicate, in the Thai and English languages, both equally authentic, at Bangkok, this twenty-ninth day of May in the two thousand five hundred and ninth year of the Buddhist Era, corresponding to the one thousand nine hundred and sixty sixth year of the Christian Era.
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