For Thongchai Suwanchai too – nicknamed “Top” – fishing is very important. Often the company manager intervenes in the supply chain after the processing plant have frozen or canned the produce, from tuna to sea bass. Then “Top” manages the further dispatch of the fish, mostly serving the exporters: in his function as the Managing Director of Udompattana Samutsakhon, the largest transporter in the province with a fleet of 120 trucks.
“Many of the deliveries go to Bangkok harbour with refrigerated containers,” explains Top. Or to Laem Chabang, Thailand’s largest port further south‑east on the Gulf of Thailand. “The produce is exported from the two cities to the Middle East, Europe or the USA.” Also there are customers in neighbouring Laos. The truck drivers reach its capital, Vientiane, after driving 700 kilometres northwards.