In the first half of 2021, exports rose 15.5% from a year earlier.
However, workers in over 1,500 factories have been infected with Cobif-19, according to Mr Chaichan.
Four key labour-intensive exporting industries — food, electronic parts, auto parts and textiles — have been particularly hit, Mr Chaichan said, with an expected loss of 200-300 billion baht in the remaining months of the year.
With that loss, overall exports will grow just 7% this year, or $19.2 billion a month, he said, while there is demand for Thai goods worth $22.2 billion-$23.0 billion a month. “Although there are already orders, we can’t get them,” he said.
“Last month, exporters were concerned about Covid. But right now, they are stressed.”.