April figure revised on private companies' wrong data input

business May 31, 2013 00:00

By The Nation

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Wrong input from exporters is the cause of wrong export data in April, according to the Commerce Ministry.

 Benja Louicharoen, director-general of the Customs Department, said that from the investigation, it found that exporters punched in wrong numbers. The data was keyed in through the electronic system that links exporters with the Customs Department.

 The value of Thailand's computer parts and components export to Hong Kong was overstated at US$12.8 billion or about Bt372.27 billion. It was later revised to $1.289 billion or Bt37.5 billion.

 The wrong data forced the Commerce Ministry to revise the April export growth figure to 2.89 per cent, against 10.52 per cent reported earlier.