Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards

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Posted on: 22 Jan 2012

This report lists certificates required by Thai government agencies for U.S. products exported to Thailand including 56 processed and unprocessed food items, popcorn, fruit and vegetables, live animal

THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT POLICY Required Report - public distribution Date: 11/29/2011 GAIN Report Number: TH1149 Thailand Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Cer tification FAIRS Export Certificate Report Approved By: Orestes Vasquez, Agricultural Attaché Prepared By: Sakchai Preechajarn and Sukanya Sirikeratikul Report Highlights: TH1149: This report lists certificates required by Thai government agencies for U.S. products exported to Thailand including 56 processed and unprocessed food items, popcorn, fruit and vegetables, live animals, boneless beef, canned or preserved meat and poultry products, other processed meat products, processed or frozen seafood, and hides and skins. There are no changes from the previous report from 2010. Section I. List of All Export Certificates Required By Government (Matrix) : Product(s) Title of Attestation Purpose Requesting Certificate Required on Ministry Certificate 56 items of 1. Certificate of There is no specific To ensure that the Food and Drug unprocessed and Free Sale attestation imported foods Administration processed food statement. Any are produced (FDA), 1. Infant food and statements that from the Ministry of uniform food for indicate the company whose Public Health infant and wholesomeness of production (MOPH) children the product and processes, 2. Supplementary manufacturing production food for infant process tha t meets equipments, and and children Good foods storages 3. Modified milk Manu facturing comply with for infant and Practice (GMP) or Good uniform modified equivalent. Manu facturing mi lk for infant Practice criteria and children on food hygiene. 4. Ice 5. B everage in To ensure that the Specific statements Food and Drug sealed containers 1.1 Meat and imported foods : 6. Food in sealed Poultry Export a Administration re produced “The products were (FDA), containers Certificate of from the manufactured in 7. Cow’s milk wholesomeness company Ministry of whose accordance with 8. Cultured milk Certificate produc Public Health tion the Food Safety and 9. Ice cream (FSIS Form processes, (MOPH) Inspection Service 10. Flavored milk 9060-5) produc tion (FSIS) Hazard 11. Milk products (for meat equipments, and Analysis Critical 12. Food products and foods storages Contro l Point additives some meat comply with (HACCP) 13. Sodium products*) Good regulatory cyclamate and Manufacturing requirement.” food containing Practice criteria (Please refer to sodium on food hygiene . FSIS Export cyclamate Library: Meat, 14. Food for we Poult ry, and Eggs ight control Export 15. Tea R equirements for 16. Coffee Tha iland) 17. F ish sauce 18. Na tural mi The To authentica te re is no specific ne ral water a the country of ttestation Thai Customs 19. Vinegar origin of the statement. Any Department 20. Edible oil and 2. Cer products being tificate of statement fat derived from Origin indicating products imported to animal or are manufactured in Thailand. vegetable the US. 21. Peanut oil 22. Cream 23. Butter oil 24. Butter 25. Cheese 26. Ghee 27. Margarine 28. Semi- processed food 29. Some particular sauces 30. Palm oil 31. Coconut oil 32. Mineral drink 33. Soybean milk in sealed containers 34. Chocolate 35. Jam, jelly, marmalade in sealed containers 36. Food for special purpose 37. Alkaline- preserved Eggs 48. Royal jelly and Royal jelly products 39. Products from the Hydrolysis or Fermentation of Soybean Protein. 40. Honey (Except manufacturers which are not recognised as factory conforming to Factory Laws.) 41. Fortified Rice with Vitamins 42. Brown rice flour 43. Brine for Cooking 44. Sauce in sealed containers 45. Bread 46. Chewing gum and candy 47. Processed gelatin and jelly desserts 48. Food supplement 49. Meat Products* 50. Flavoring agent 51. Prepared and/or processed frozen foods 52. Herbal tea 53. Ready to cook food of which ingredients have been clearly separated into unit packing in the container 54. Bakery products 55. Food of animal origin other than meat products prescribed in MOPH notification No. 243/2544 (2001) Re: Some Meat Products* 56. Rice based noodles Product(s) Title of Attestation Purpose Requesting Certificate Required on Ministry Certificate Boneless Meat and Poultry Any statements that Proof of Department of Beef, Export indicate the wholesomeness Livestock Processed Certificate of wholesomeness of inspection Development Beef wholesomeness the product and (DLD) Product/ Certificate manufacturing Note: The DLD Cooked (FSIS Form process. handles only Poultry meat 9060-5) (Please refer to FSIS uncooked meat Export Library: products (fresh, Meat, Poultry, and chilled, and Eggs Export frozen) Requirements for Thailand) Meat and Poultry Specific statements : To ensure that the Food and Drug Export “The products were imported foods are Administration Certificate of manufactured in produced from the (FDA), wholesomeness accordance with the company whose Ministry of Certificate Food Safety and production Public Health (FSIS Form Inspection Service processes, (MOPH) 9060-5) (FSIS) Hazard production Analysis Critical equipments, and Control Point foods storages (HACCP) comply with regulatory Good requirement.” Manufacturing (Please refer to FSIS Practice criteria on Export Library: food hygiene. Meat, Poultry, and Eggs Export Requirements for Thailand) Letterhead All listed statements Assure compliance Department of Certificate must be compliance on all importing Livestock with 14 import conditions Development requirements (DLD) imposed by DLD. Export Any statements that Proof of approved Department of Verification indicate the plant by Livestock (only required specified plant has Agricultural Development for boneless beef been approved on Marketing Service (DLD) and processed USDA Quality (AMS) boneless beef System Assessment products) (QSA) program. Certificate of There is no specific To authenticate the Thai Customs Origin attestation country of origin of Department statement. Any the products being statement indicating imported to products are Thailand. manufactured in the US. Product(s) Title of Attestation Purpose Requesting Certificate Required on Ministry Certificate Canned or Meat and Poultry Specific statements : Assure heat Food and Drug preserved Export Certificate “The canned or treatment on Administration meat and of preserved meat and production process (FDA), poultry wholesomeness poultry products are Ministry of products (low Certificate (FSIS heat treated and Public Health ac id canned Form 9060-5) achieve commercial (MOPH) food, which sterility (shelf pH above 4.6 stability) in and Water accordance with activity above FSIS canning 0.85) regulations cited in 9 CFR 318.300 and 381.300.” (Please refer to FSIS Export Library: Meat, Poultry, and Eggs Export Requirements for Thailand) Specific statements : To ensure that the “The products were imported foods are manufactured in produced from the ac cordance with the company whose Food Safe ty and production Inspection Service processes, (FSIS) Hazard production Analysis Critical equipments, and Control Point foods storages (HACCP) comply with regulatory Good requirement.” Manu facturing (Please refer to FSIS Practice criteria on Export Library: food hygiene. Meat, Poultry, and Eggs Export Requirements for Tha iland) The re is no specific attestation To authenticate the statement. Any country of origin 2. Certificate of statement indica Customs ting of the merchandise Thai Origin produc Department ts are being shipped. manufactured in the US. Product(s) Title of Attestation Purpose Requesting Certificate Required on Ministry Certificate Distillers Certificate There is no specific To authenticate the Thai Customs Dried Grains of Origin attestation statement. Any country of origin of Department statement indicating the merchandise products are manufactured being shipped. in the US. Product(s) Title of Attestation Purpose Requesting Certificate Required on Ministry Certificate Fruit and 1.Phytosanitary Statements vary for Plant health Department of vegetable Certificate different varieties of protection Agriculture products (DOA), Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC) 2. Certificate of There is no specific To authenticate the Thai Customs Origin attestation statement. country of origin of Department Any statement the products being indicating products imported to are grown in the US. Thailand. Product(s) Title of Attestation Purpose Requesting Certificate Required on Ministry Certificate Hides and 1. Health Specific statements Assure compliance on Skins Certificate according to Article all importing 2.2.1.5 in OIE terrestrial conditions animal health code 2. Certificate There is no specific To authenticate the Thai Customs of Origin attestation statement. country of origin of the Department Any statement indicating products being products are grown in the imported to Thailand. US. Product(s) Title of Attestation Purpose Requesting Certificate Required on Ministry Certificate Live 1. Animal Statements vary Animal Department of Livestock Animals Health for different health Development (DLD), Certificate varieties of protection Ministry of Agriculture and products Cooperatives (MOAC) Product(s) Title of Attestation Purpose Requesting Certificate Required on Ministry Certificate Other 1. Meat and Specific statements : To ensure that the Food and Drug Processed Poultry Export “The products were imported foods are Administration Meat Certificate of manufactured in produced from the (FDA), Products wholesomeness accordance with the company whose Ministry of Certificate (FSIS Food Safety and production Public Health Form 9060-5) Inspection Service processes, (MOPH) (FSIS) Hazard production Analysis Critical equipments, and Contro l Point foods storages (HACCP) regulatory comply with requirement.” Good (Please refer to FSIS Manufacturing Export Library: Practice criteria on Meat, Poultry, and food hygiene. Eggs Export Requirements for Thailand) 2. Certificate of There is no specific To authenticate the Thai Customs Origin attestation country of origin of Department statement. Any the products being statement indicating imported to products are Thailand. manufactured in the US. Product(s) Title of Attestation Purpose Requesting Certificate Required on Ministry Certificate - Popcorn 1. Commodity There is no specific To certify that Food and Drug - Frozen Certificate attestation statement. each lot of Administration baby corn Submitted Any statement that imported foods (FDA), and/or Sample indicates negative test are free of Ministry of canned baby Inspection/Pink result of Cry 9C DNA contaminant from Public Health corn Certificate Sequence or protein Cry 9C DNA (MOPH) - Taco shell derived from this DNA Sequence corn or - Corn chips Sequence protein derived or corn snack contaminated , or no from this DNA - Corn flake Starlink Corn, or no Sequence - Corn meal, GMO, or other corn flour, equivalent statement. and corn 2. Certificate of There is no specific To authenticate Thai Customs soup (cream Origin attestation statement. the country of Department style corn) Any statement origin of the - frozen corn indicating products are products being on the cob or manufactured in the imported to corn grain; US. Thailand. and/or in sealed container Product(s) Title of Attestation Purpose Requesting Certificate Required on Ministry Certificate Seafood 1. Either one of There is no specific To ensure that the Food and Drug products the following attestation statement. imported foods are Administration (Chilled, certificates to Any statements that produced from the (FDA), Frozen, and be provided: indicate the company whose Ministry of Processed) Export Health wholesomeness of the production Public Health Certificate product and processes, (MOPH) issued by the manufacturing process production U.S. that meets Good equipments, and Department of Manufacturing foods storages Commerce or Practice (GMP) or comply with Certificate of equivalent good manufacturing Sanitation & practice criteria on Free Sale food hygiene. 2. Certificate of There is no specific To authenticate the Thai Customs Origin attestation statement. country of origin of Department Any statement the products being indicating products are imported to grown in the US. Thailand. Section II. Purpose of Specific Export Certificate(s) Please refer to the Matrix under Section I. Section III. Specific Attestations Required on Export Certificate(s) Please refer to the Matrix under Section I. Section IV. Government Certificate’s Legal Entry Requirements Fifty-Six Items of Unprocessed and Processed Food Certificate of Free Sale - The original certificate needs to accompany the product at the time of entry - The certificate is valid as indicated on that certificate, otherwise valid for one year and can also be applied to multiply shipments of the identical product - Thailand accepts a U.S. State issued export certificate when officially certified of authenticity by the authorized officer in the embassy of the exporting country in Thailand - Thailand does not accept a Suppliers or Manufacturers Export Declaration as proof of compliance Certificate of Origin - The original certificate needs to accompany the product at the time of entry Boneless Beef and Poultry Meat and Products Meat and Poultry Export Certificate of wholesomeness Certificate (FSIS Form 9060-5) - The original certificate needs to accompany the product at the time of entry - The certificate is valid only for the particular shipment - The plant number specified must be correlated with Letterhead Certificate and USDA Export Verification - Thailand accepts a U.S. State issued export certificate when officially certified of authenticity by the authorized officer in the embassy of the exporting country in Thailand - For attestation, please refer to FSIS Export Library: Meat, Poultry, and Eggs Export Requirements for Thailand at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations_&_policies/Thailand_Requirements/index.asp Letterhead Certificate - The original certificate needs to accompany the product at the time of entry; - The certificate is valid only for the particular shipment - The plant number specified must be correlated with FSIS Export Certificate and USDA Export Verification - Thailand accepts a U.S. State issued export certificate when officially certified of authenticity by the authorized officer in the embassy of the exporting country in Thailand - For attestation, please refer to FSIS Export Library: Meat, Poultry, and Eggs Export Requirements for Thailand at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations_&_policies/Thailand_Requirements/index.asp Certificate of Origin - The original certificate needs to accompany the product at the time of entry Export Verification (required only for boneless beef importation) - The original certificate needs to accompany the product at the time of entry - The certificate is valid only for the particular shipment - The plant number and FSIS Export Certificate number specified must be correlated with FSIS Export Certificate and Letterhead Certificate - Thailand accepts a U.S. State issued export certificate when officially certified of authenticity by the authorized officer in the embassy of the exporting country in Thailand Canned or preserved meat and poultry products Meat and Poultry Export Certificate of wholesomeness Certificate (FSIS Form 9060-5) - The original certificate needs to accompany the product at the time of entry - The certificate is valid only for the particular shipment - The plant number specified must be correlated with Letterhead Certificate and USDA Export Verification - Thailand accepts a U.S. State issued export certificate when officially certified of authenticity by the authorized officer in the embassy of the exporting country in Thailand Certificate of Origin - The original certificate needs to accompany the product at the time of entry Distillers Dried Grain Certificate of Origin - The original certificate needs to accompany the product at the time of entry. Fruit and Vegetable Phytosanitary Certificate - The original certificate needs to accompany the product at the time of entry - The certificate is valid as indicated on that certificate, otherwise valid for the indicated shipment - The certificate must be endorsed by Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Thailand does not accepts a Suppliers or Manufacturers Export Declaration as proof of compliance; - Thailand does not accept a U.S. State issued export certificate. Certificate of Origin - The original certificate needs to accompany the product at the time of entry Hides and skins Health Certificate - The original certificate needs to accompany the product at the time of entry - The certificate is valid as indicated on that certificate - Thailand accepts a U.S. State issued export certificate when officially certified of authenticity by the authorized officer in the embassy of the exporting country in Thailand - Thailand does not accept a Suppliers or Manufacturers Export Declaration as proof of compliance Certificate of Origin - The original certificate needs to accompany the product at the time of entry Live Animals Animal Health Certificate - The original certificate needs to accompany the product at the time of entry - The certificate is valid as indicated on that certificate, otherwise valid for the indicated shipment - The certificate must be endorsed by Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Thailand does not accepts a Suppliers or Manufacturers Export Declaration as proof of compliance. - Thailand does not accept a U.S. State issued export certificate. Other Processed Meat Products Meat and Poultry Export Certificate of wholesomeness Certificate (FSIS Form 9060-5) - The original certificate needs to accompany the product at the time of entry - The certificate is valid only for the particular shipment - Thailand accepts a U.S. State issued export certificate when officially certified of authenticity by the authorized officer in the embassy of the exporting country in Thailand - For attestation, please refer to FSIS Export Library: Meat, Poultry, and Eggs Export Requirements for Thailand at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations_&_policies/Thailand_Requirements/index.asp Certificate of Origin - The original certificate needs to accompany the product at the time of entry Popcorn Commodity Certificate Submitted Sample Inspection/Pink Certificate - Specific declaration (attestation) required on the certificate: Not required. Any statement that indicates negative test result of Cry 9C DNA Sequence or protein derived from this DNA Sequence contaminated, or no Starlink Corn, or no GMO, or other equivalent statement. - The required format of the export certificate: No specific format Certificate of Origin - The original certificate needs to accompany the product at the time of entry Seafood products (Chilled, Frozen, and Processed) Export Health Certificate issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce or Certificate of Sanitation & Free Sale - The original certificate needs to accompany the product at the time of entry - The certificate is valid as indicated on that certificate, otherwise valid for one year and can also be applied to multiple shipments of the identical product - Thailand accepts a U.S. State issued export certificate when officially certified of authenticity by the authorized officer in the embassy of the exporting country in Thailand - Thailand does not accept a Suppliers or Manufacturers Export Declaration as proof of compliance Certificate of Origin - The original certificate needs to accompany the product at the time of entry Section V. Other Certification/Accreditation Requirements Additional details on food import requirements and procedures including import permit, product registration, and food labeling is available in Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards report. In addition, both the DOA and the DLD require import permits. The procedure of import permit issuance has been, at times, non-transparent for certain pork and poultry products. The DLD agreed in principle (without official writing) to accept a “system audit” instead of its earlier requirement of “individual plan audit”. However, the DLD added the requirement that exporting countries of animal and animal products must complete the DLD’s questionnaires for approval before the DLD send its team to conduct on-site inspection in each exporting country. Appendix I. Electronic Copy or Outline of Each Export Certificate DISCLAIMER This report was prepared by the Office of Agricultural Affairs of the USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service in Bangkok, Thailand for U.S. exporters of domestic food and agricultural products. While every possible care was taken in the preparation of this report, information provided may not be completely accurate either because policies have changed since its preparation, or because clear and consistent information about these policies was not available. It is highly recommended that U.S. exporters verify the full set of import requirements with their foreign customers, who are normally best equipped to research such matters with local authorities, before any goods are shipped. FINAL IMPORT APPROVAL OF ANY PRODUCT IS SUBJECT TO THE IMPORTING COUNTRY’S RULES AND REGULATIONS AS INTERPRETED BY THE BORDER OFFICIALS AT THE TIME OF PRODUCT ENTRY. Please contact this office if you have any comments, corrections or suggestions. The e-mail address is agbangkok@fas.usda.gov.
Posted: 22 January 2012

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