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Combining the information on both the extensive and intensive margins, the top panel of Table 4 shows the distribution of traders based on the number of products exported and the number of destination markets, while the bottom panel presents a similar breakdown based on the share of export value. The table reveals a number of striking observations. The number of destination countries served by the average exporter is small: 55.3% of Thai traders exported to a single market in 2015, though these exports represented just 4% of total export value. By contrast, traders exporting to five or more destinations accounted for around 20% of exporters but 90.1% of export value. A similar picture emerges with respect to the number of products exported. In 2015, 39.2% of exporters exported a single product abroad, though these accounted for a mere 4.9% of aggregate export value. Exporters of 30 or more products accounted for just 5.7% of all exporters but as much as 55% of total export value.

Table 4. 
Distribution of Exporters and Export Value, 2015
Share of Traders (%) 
 Number of Countries  
Number of Products 1 2 3 4 5–29 30+ All 
33.3 3.2 1.0 0.6 1.2 0.0 39.2 
8.0 3.9 1.3 0.7 1.5 0.0 15.4 
3.3 2.0 1.2 0.6 1.6 0.0 8.7 
1.9 1.0 0.7 0.5 1.4 0.0 5.6 
5–29 7.4 3.1 2.5 2.0 9.8 0.7 25.4 
30+ 1.4 0.4 0.2 0.2 2.7 0.8 5.7 
All 55.3 13.6 6.8 4.6 18.1 1.6 100.0 
Share of Value (%) 
 Number of Countries  
Number of Products 1 2 3 4 5–29 30+ All 
1.9 0.9 0.4 0.2 1.5 0.1 4.9 
0.4 0.5 0.3 0.3 1.7 0.1 3.2 
0.2 0.3 0.3 0.2 1.9 0.5 3.4 
0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 2.0 0.5 3.0 
5–29 0.8 0.6 0.7 0.5 18.0 9.9 30.5 
30+ 0.6 0.2 0.1 0.2 15.2 38.7 55.0 
All 4.0 2.5 1.9 1.5 40.2 49.9 100.0 
Share of Traders (%) 
 Number of Countries  
Number of Products 1 2 3 4 5–29 30+ All 
33.3 3.2 1.0 0.6 1.2 0.0 39.2 
8.0 3.9 1.3 0.7 1.5 0.0 15.4 
3.3 2.0 1.2 0.6 1.6 0.0 8.7 
1.9 1.0 0.7 0.5 1.4 0.0 5.6 
5–29 7.4 3.1 2.5 2.0 9.8 0.7 25.4 
30+ 1.4 0.4 0.2 0.2 2.7 0.8 5.7 
All 55.3 13.6 6.8 4.6 18.1 1.6 100.0 
Share of Value (%) 
 Number of Countries  
Number of Products 1 2 3 4 5–29 30+ All 
1.9 0.9 0.4 0.2 1.5 0.1 4.9 
0.4 0.5 0.3 0.3 1.7 0.1 3.2 
0.2 0.3 0.3 0.2 1.9 0.5 3.4 
0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 2.0 0.5 3.0 
5–29 0.8 0.6 0.7 0.5 18.0 9.9 30.5 
30+ 0.6 0.2 0.1 0.2 15.2 38.7 55.0 
All 4.0 2.5 1.9 1.5 40.2 49.9 100.0 

Sources: Thai Customs Department and authors’ calculations.

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