Section Code: Article 10
TREATY OF AMITY AND ECONOMIC RELATIONS (1966)
between the Kingdom of Thailand and the United States of America
ARTICLE X: Freedom of Navigation
Freedom of Commerce and Navigation
Between the territories of the two Parties there shall be freedom of commerce and navigation.
Proof of Nationality
Vessels under the tag of either parties, 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.
Most Favored Nation Treatment at Ports
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.
Most Favored Nation for Duties and Customs
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:
- duties and charges of all kinds;
- the administration of the customs; and
- bounties, drawbacks and other privileges of this nature.
Right to Assistance at Ports
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.
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.