The Airports of Thailand (AoT) plans to set up a sister company to operate its centre for pre-export agricultural product inspection (Photo: www.bangkokpost.com)

Bangkok (VNA) – The Airports of Thailand (AoT) plans to set up a sister company to operate its centre for pre-export agricultural product inspection, in an effort to attract more customers in China, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam to help double its annual income from cargo handling services.

The establishment of the new company will be completed in two months, while the product certifying centre at Suvarnabhumi airport will be open for service in six months after a new cold-storage facility is built for perishable food products, Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, President of the AoT, was cited by local media.

Potential customers in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) have expressed strong interest in switching from Singapore to Thailand where they will be offered a premium version of the export goods-certifying service, which is more or less a VIP channel, he said.

These products will be exported first to Dubai and then Belgium before they will be distributed onward to other destinations in Europe, he said.

The new centre will also benefit Thai producers of agricultural products as they will find it more convenient to export their products with the assistance offered by the centre, he said.

Currently, Suvarnabhumi airport handles 1.5 million tonnes of cargo per year, the 15th largest amount in the world. Of this amount, 150,000 tonnes are perishable goods.

And with the new centre set up, the airport expects to earn up to 1 billion baht (32.37 million USD) per year in income from cargo-handling services compared with the current 300-500 million baht a year, Nitinai said.-VNA