Malika Bhumivarn is a leading expert on customs and trade matters in Thailand. She advises clients on a wide range of customs and trade issues, particularly on customs compliance, valuation, tariff classification and duty refunds, and assists them in obtaining trade and investment privileges. Her clients are from diverse industries, including automotive, air transport, air conditioner/refrigerator, electronics, audio tape, food, liquor, cosmetics and healthcare. Ms. Bhumivarn led a team which was assigned by the Thai Customs Department to conduct a review and assessment on the controlling systems of the entire Public Customs Bonded Warehouse system in Thailand.
Ms. Bhumivarn has represented several major companies in settling the cases with the Customs Department as well as in negotiating with the Thai Customs to minimize their tax liabilities. She has also conducted a number of training programs to educate clients on customs compliance and suggested improvements in their import/export systems. In addition, Ms. Bhumivarn reviews the use of the Board of Investment (“BOI”) privileges for clients to ensure that they maximize usage of the privileges, as well as the process of applying for such privileges, including ensuring that reporting to the BOI complied with the BOI and Customs rules and regulations. She advises companies on locating in Export Processing Zones on the privileges available and reducing the customs duty and excise tax payable on importation into Thailand. Ms. Bhumivarn has been a guest speaker in seminars and presentation relating to customs and excise regulations, customs compliance and customs privilege.
Ms. Bhumivarn was a former Director in the Tax & Legal Services Division of KPMG Thailand, leading its Customs & Trade consulting group.
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Thammasat University, Thailand, M.B.A.
Ramkamhaeng University, Thailand, B.B.A.