Preventing the Disruption of U.S. Tree Nut Exports

A Lastest News about Tree and Bush Fruits and Nuts in Thailand

Posted on: 24 Nov 2012

Post worked to clarify Thailand’s import regulations and generated an official statement indicating that U.S. nuts were not subject to import permits.

THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT POLICY Voluntary Public - Date: 10/29/2012 GAIN Report Number: TH2112 Thailand Post: Bangkok Preventing the Disruption of U.S. Tree Nut Exports to Thailand Report Categories: Export Accomplishments - Events Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification Export Accomplishments - Other Tree Nuts Agriculture in the News Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety Trade Policy Incident Report Approved By: Rey Santella, Agricultural Attaché Prepared By: Sakchai Preechajarn, Agricultural Specialist Report Highlights: Post’s collaboration with Thai Department of Agriculture (DOA) interlocutors prevents the disruption of U.S. tree nut exports valued at more than $11 million per annum. Thailand Import Statistics Commodity: Dried or Shelled Almond and Pistachios Calendar Year: 2009 - 2011 United States Dollars % Share % Change Partner Country 2009 2010 2011 2009 2010 2011 2011/2010 World 9,612,869 14,385,572 14,276,059 100.00 100.00 100.00 - 0.76 United States 7,880,157 11,738,831 11,685,100 81.98 81.60 81.85 - 0.46 Australia 1,003,055 1,785,642 1,750,835 10.43 12.41 12.26 - 1.95 Iran 496,457 269,713 472,689 5.16 1.87 3.31 75.26 China 230,001 342,484 248,573 2.39 2.38 1.74 - 27.42 Malaysia 0 73,652 105,131 0.00 0.51 0.74 42.74 Germany 0 3,611 6,933 0.00 0.03 0.05 92.01 Turkey 0 12,645 5,296 0.00 0.09 0.04 - 58.12 Turks & Caicos Islands 0 0 1,454 0.00 0.00 0.01 0.00 United Arab Emirates 0 0 44 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Israel 0 4 4 0.00 0.00 0.00 - 1.51 Executive Summary After receiving reports from Thai importers that USDA was not issuing phytosanitary certificates for shipments of almond and pistachios, Post collaborated with Thai Department of Agriculture (DOA) offiUcials to nsort out the confusion associated with Thailand’s import regulations. ited K ngdom 3,165 1,683 0 0.03 0.01 0.00 - 100.00 Despite bureaucratic challenges, Post worked with DOA interlocutors to clarify Thailand’s import regulations and successfully generated an official statement indicating that U.S. almonds and pistachios were not subject to import permits. As a result of FAS/Bangkok’s intervention, exports of U.S. almonds and pistachios to Thailand, valued at $11 million annually, continued without any disruption. I dia 0 106,460 0 0.00 0.74 0.00 - 100.00 Below is a table depicting Thailand’s almond and pistachios imports by all origins. Belgium 0 9,131 0 0.00 0.06 0.00 - 100.00 Myanmar 0 1,972 0 0.00 0.01 0.00 - 100.00 Spain 0 39,320 0 0.00 0.27 0.00 - 100.00 Switzerland 0 14 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 - 100.00 Source of Data: Thai Customs Department
Posted: 24 November 2012