Export Assistance: Thailand

Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Report|FAIRS Export Certificate Report|Thailand|02/6/2019

This report lists certificates required by Thai government agencies for U.S. products exported to Thailand, including 57 processed and unprocessed food items, other prepackaged processed food, fruit and vegetables, live animals, beef, canned or preserved meat and poultry products, other processed meat products, processed or frozen seafood, hides and skins, distillers dried grains, and live animals. This report has been updated to include the certificate required for U.S. beef exports to Thailand.
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Annual 2019|Exporter Guide|Bangkok|Thailand|12/25/2019

This guide serves as a resource for U.S. companies seeking to do business in Thailand and provides market overviews, practical tips and information on local business practices, consumer preferences and trends. This report also identifies opportunities and entry approaches for the three major market sectors (food retail, food service, and food processing).
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Retail Sector |Retail Foods|Bangkok|Thailand|7/19/2019

Thailand’s retail food sector continues to expand, driven by strong economic growth, private investment, and government spending. Thailand is a competitive market for food and beverage products. However, there is good sales potential for a number of products including food preparation ingredients, whey, frozen potatoes, apples, milk and cream, pet food, almond nuts, and raisins.

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Thai New Regulation on Import Procedures for Feed|FAIRS Subject Report Grain and Feed|Bangkok|Thailand|7/3/2019

On January 25, 2019, Thailand’s Department of Livestock Development (DLD) endorsed an official regulation titled “Procedures for Importation of Animal Feed Derived from Animal and Animal Products”. Effective immediately, this regulation governs the procedures for market access of animal feed derived from animals and animal products.

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FAIRS Annual Country Report|FAIRS Annual Country Report|Bangkok|Thailand|4/18/2019
This report includes an update of Section II Food Additives Regulations, 5.2 Nutrition Labeling, 6.5 Specific Import Controls on Animals and Animal Products, 6.6 Specific Import Control on Beef and Beef Products from BSE-Affected Countries, and 8.1 Testing Requirements for Alcohol Beverages. Download (PDF)


2019|Food Processing Ingredients|Bangkok|Thailand|4/16/2019

Thailand is one of the world’s leading agricultural suppliers, primarily due to its well-developed food processing sector.  The country has one of the most advanced food processing industries in Southeast Asia, which enables Thailand to export value-added products to international markets like Europe, Japan, China, and the United States.  Major food exports include rice, canned tuna, sugar, chicken meat, cassava products, shrimp, and canned pineapple.

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FAIRS Export Certificate Report|FAIRS Export Certificate Report|Bangkok|Thailand|3/14/2019

This report lists certificates required by Thai government agencies for U.S. products exported to Thailand, including 57 processed and unprocessed food items, other pre-packaged processed food, fruit and vegetables, live animals, beef, canned or preserved meat and poultry products, other processed meat products, processed or frozen seafood, hides and skins, distillers dried grains, and live animals. The update made in this report is the certificate required for U.S. beef exports to Thailand.

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2018|Exporter Guide|Bangkok|Thailand|2/22/2019

This guide serves as a resource for U.S. companies seeking to do business in Thailand and provides market overviews, practical tips and information on local business practices, consumer preferences and trends.   This report also identifies opportunities and entry approaches for the three major market sectors (food retail, food service, and food processing).

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2018|Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies|Bangkok|Thailand|2/11/2019

Thailand’s biotechnology policies have not changed since 2007 when the Cabinet revoked a field trial for genetically engineered (GE) crops but applied restrictive measures in conducting future field trials.  The outcome of the draft Biosafety Legislation, which would create a regulatory framework for genetically engineered (GE) crop cultivation, is still uncertain.  Thailand is looking to adopt a positive list of approved GE events for food products.

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Agricultural Biotechnology Annual 2018 | Thailand | 12/20/2018 |

Thailand’s biotechnology policies have not changed since 2007 when the Cabinet revoked a field trial for genetically engineered (GE) crops but applied restrictive measures in conducting future field trials. The outcome of the draft Biosafety Legislation, which would create a regulatory framework for genetically engineered (GE) crop cultivation, is still uncertain. Thailand is looking to adopt a positive list of approved GE events for food products.

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2018|Food Service – Hotel Restaurant Institutional|Bangkok|Thailand|10/11/2018

This report contains information about Thailand’s food service industry. It provides an overview of market opportunities and key channels of distribution for U.S. food and beverage products that are destined for the food service market in Thailand.
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New Thai Regulation Affecting U.S. Cooked Food Exports|Livestock and Products Honey Retail Foods Poultry and Products|Bangkok|Thailand|10/11/2018

The Thai Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC) recently issued a notification that authorizes the Department of Livestock Development (DLD) to extend its import controls to cover “cooked meat products” including sausage, salami, ham, bacon, smoked meat products, pickled meat products, cured meat products, honey and related products, and salty/ processed eggs and egg yolk.
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Thai Government Grants Another Extension on COA Implementation|FAIRS Subject Report|Bangkok|Thailand|10/4/2018
On September 11, 2018, the Thai Excise Department issued a new Excise Department Notification, which extends the timeline for the full implementation of the Certificate of Analysis (COA) requirements for alcoholic beverages by an additional 180 days.
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Select 2018|Poultry and Products|Bangkok|Thailand|9/11/2018
Thailand is encountering a challenge of increasing feed costs due to the government’s price intervention for major feed ingredients that will limit the industry’s growth if the problem remained. However, exports and consumption should continue to grow in 2018 and 2019 in response to domestic economic factors and strong export demands.
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Thailand Bans the Use of Partially Hydrogenated Oils in Foods|FAIRS Subject Report Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety|Bangkok|Thailand|8/7/2018On July 13, 2018, The Ministry of Public Health Notification No. 388 Re: Prescribed Prohibited Food to be Produced, Imported, or Sold, which bans partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), and food products containing PHOs was published in the Royal Gazette. The Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA) aims to ban PHOs in food, yet has not further promulgated any new regulations on trans-fats.
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Retail Report|Retail Foods|Bangkok|Thailand|7/6/2018

Thailand’s retail food sector continues to grow in 2017, driven by strong economic growth, increasing numbers of tourists, and government investment. Thailand is one of the world’s leading agricultural suppliers, primarily due to its well-developed food processing sector. The food industry is the country’s third largest industry, contributing 23 per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). As a result, Thailand is competitive market for food and beverage products.
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2018|Food Processing Ingredients|Bangkok|Thailand|4/10/2018
Thailand is one of the world’s leading agricultural suppliers, primarily due to its well-developed food processing sector. The country has one of the most advanced food processing industries in Southeast Asia, which enables Thailand to export value-added products to international markets like Europe, Japan, China, and the United States. The food industry is the country’s third largest industry, contributing 23 per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
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2017|Food Service – Hotel Restaurant Institutional|Bangkok|Thailand|1/26/2018

This report contains information on Thailand’s food service industry. It provides an overview of market opportunities and key channels of distribution for U.S. food and beverage products destined for the food service market in Thailand.
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2017|Exporter Guide|Bangkok|Thailand|1/24/2018

This guide serves as a resource for U.S. companies seeking to do business in Thailand and provides practical tips and information on local business practices, consumer preferences and trends, food standards and regulations, and import and inspection procedures. This report also identifies opportunities and entry approaches for the three major market sectors (food retail, food service, and food processing). This guide also identifies the best high-value product prospects and key contacts.
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FAIRS Export Certificate Report 2017|Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Certification|Bangkok|Thailand|1/24/2018

This report lists certificates required by the Thai government agencies for U.S. products exported to Thailand, including 57 processed and unprocessed food items, other pre-packaged processed food, fruit and vegetables, live animals, beef, canned or preserved meat and poultry products, other processed meat products, processed or frozen seafood, hides and skins, distillers dried grains, and live animals. The update made in this report is the certificate required for U.S. beef exports to Thailand.
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FAIRS Country Report|Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Narrative|Bangkok|Thailand|1/24/2018

This report updates Section 4 Food Additives Regulations, 6.6 Specific Import Control on Beef and Beef Products from BSE-Affected Countries, and 6.7 Specific Import Control on Pork Meat. Other minor changes made to this report are: Section 2.2 – adds list of food products required to bear Guideline Daily Amounts (GDA) labeling; Section 6.4 – provides the import controls relating to tariff rate quotas (TRQ); Section 6.5 – adds the specific import controls for animals and animal products; and more.
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American Food Fun Fest and Great American Burger Battle in Thailand|Export Accomplishments – Events|Bangkok|Thailand|1/15/2018

FAS Bangkok organized the American Food Fun Fest and the Great American Burger Battle to raise awareness of U.S. beef, U.S. potatoes, California cheese, Washington apples, California raisins, U.S. craft beer, U.S seafood, fruits, fruit juices, snacks, and other U.S. products from December 1 to 3, 2017. he event generated sizable onsite sales and huge media exposure greatly increasing awareness of U.S. origin food products.
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2017|Retail Foods|Bangkok|Thailand|1/3/2018

In 2016, Thailand had total retail sales of U.S. $88.2 billion, representing approximately 22 per cent of total GDP. Of the US$88.2 billion in retail sales, US$83.5 billion came from store-based retailing with the remaining US$4.7 billion coming from non-store retailing (direct sales, home shopping, and internet retailing). Total food retail sales reached US$52.1 billion comprising 59 per cent of all retail sales.  Overall, the retail sector grew by four per cent in 2016.
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The Thai FDA proposes banning the use of partially hydrogenated oils|Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety FAIRS Subject Report|Bangkok|Thailand|1/2/2018

The Thai Food and Drug Administration (Thai FDA) drafted a new requirement that would prohibit the use of partially hydrogenated oils in foods.
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An Update on Recent Thai Regulations on Animal Feed Imports|Trade Policy Monitoring Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Narrative FAIRS Subject Report Grain and Feed|Bangkok|Thailand|12/18/2017

Thailand has enacted several new regulations that restrict imports of feed and feed ingredients containing certain animal proteins. Thailand failed to notify the WTO for comments from its trading partners on these regulations. USDA has requested Thailand to adopt the systematic approach to plant approvals. However, Thailand has not responded to the request. Therefore, it requires each exporter’s plant be inspected.
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Clarification on Thai Customs’ Shipping Mark|FAIRS Subject Report|Bangkok|Thailand|11/22/2017
This report aims to clarify the “Shipping Mark” requirement under the new Thai Customs Act B.E. 2560 (2017).
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Select 2017|Poultry and Products|Bangkok|Thailand|9/8/2017

The Thai broiler industry in 2017 continued to enjoy favorable export growth and profitable export prices. Thailand’s chicken meat production and exports are forecast to further grow in 2018. Due to findings of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) cases in neighboring countries, Thailand is escalating its disease and surveillance practices on HPAI as the top priority.
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Success Story of Borlaug Fellowship Program in Thailand|Export Accomplishments – Other Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety|Bangkok|Thailand|5/25/2017

A 2016 Borlaug Fellowship Program Alumni has developed a dietary risk assessment spreadsheet that is now used in both the pesticide registration process and the establishment of pesticide maximum residue levels (MRLs). The use of this new tool has helped the Thai government defend their pesticide MRLs from challenges and reduced the processing time for pesticide registration from three to four months to just one month.
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FAIRS Export Certificate Report|Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Certification|Bangkok|Thailand|1/10/2017

This report lists certificates required by Thai government agencies for U.S. products exported to Thailand, including 57 processed and unprocessed food items, other prepackaged processed food, fruit and vegetables, live animals, boneless beef, canned or preserved meat and poultry products, other processed meat products, processed or frozen seafood, hides and skins, distillers dried grains, and live animals. The update made in this report is the certificate required for U.S. frozen fruits export to Thailand.
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FAIRS Country Report 2016|Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Narrative|Bangkok|Thailand|1/10/2017

This report includes an update of Section 6.6 (pertaining to specific import controls for beef and beef products from BSE-affected countries) and Section 6.10 (pertaining to the novel food regulation). The other minor changes made to this report include: Section 2.2 – adding a list of food products that are required to bear Guideline Daily Amounts (GDA) labeling, Section 6.4 – providing the import controls relating to tariff rate quotas (TRQ), Section 6.5 – adding the specific import controls for animals and animal products, and Section 6.7 – adding the specific import controls for pork meat
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2016|Food Service – Hotel Restaurant Institutional|Bangkok|Thailand|1/10/2017

This report contains information about Thailand’s food service industry. It provides an overview of market opportunities and key channels of distribution for U.S. food and beverage products destined for the food service market in Thailand.
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2016|Retail Foods|Bangkok|Thailand|1/3/2017

At a value of $84.31 billion, Thailand’s total retail sales grew three to five per cent in 2015, representing approximately 25 per cent of total GDP. Total grocery retail sales reached $52.56 billion. Overall retail sector growth was four per cent in 2015 and is estimated to be at least four per cent in 2016.
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2016|Exporter Guide|Bangkok|Thailand|1/3/2017

This guide serves as a resource for U.S. companies seeking to do business in Thailand and provides practical tips and information on local business practices, consumer preferences and trends, food standards and regulations, and import and inspection procedures. This report also identifies opportunities and entry approaches for the three major market sectors (food retail, food service, and food processing). Finally, this guide identifies the best high-value product prospects and key contacts.
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Additional Certificate and Labeling Requirements for Some Fruits|WTO Notifications Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety|Bangkok|Thailand|11/29/2016

On November 8, 2016, Thailand informed the World Trade Organization about a draft regulation on good practice certification and labeling requirements for packing houses of fruits and vegetables. The Thai FDA is currently seeking comments on this notification (SPS/N/THA/239 also notified as G/TBT/N/THA/490) from the World Trade Organization (WTO) member countries. The comment period for trading partners will be 40 days from November 8, 2016, the WTO circulation date.
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Changes in Inspection Fees for Imported and Domestic Uncooked Meat|Trade Policy Monitoring Trade Policy Incident Report|Bangkok|Thailand|11/3/2016

TH6123. Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC) recently announced the new inspection fees for imported uncooked meat while the new Control of Animal Slaughtering for Sale Act, B.E. 2559 was also announced which affects the ceilings of slaughtering fee applied to domestic animals (which are the domestic equivalent to the inspection fees as applied to imported meat). Download (PDF)


Poultry and Products|Bangkok|Thailand|9/22/2016

TH6098. In a turnaround from 2015, Thailand’s broiler industry in 2016 has enjoyed reduced production feed costs, favorable export growth, and profitable export prices. Thailand’s broiler industry has proved to be well adapted to avoid potential supply bottlenecks which could have occurred after the Thai Government imposed an import ban on chicken genetics from the United States. Thailand’s chicken meat production and exports are forecast to further grow in 2017. Download (PDF)


FAIRS Export Certificate Report|Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Certification|Bangkok|Thailand|2/23/2016

TH5162: This report lists certificates required by Thai government agencies for U.S. products exported to Thailand, including 57 processed and unprocessed food items, other pre-packaged processed food, fruits and vegetables, live animals, boneless beef, canned or preserved meat and poultry products, other processed meat products, processed or frozen seafood, hides and skins, distillers dried grains, and live animals. No change from the previous report.
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Thailand-Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Comes into Force|Country/Regional FTA’s|Bangkok|Thailand|11/26/2015

TH5142 The Chile-Thailand Free Trade Agreement (FTA) entered into force on November 5th, 2015. In 2014, Chile’s agricultural exports to Thailand totaled US$131 million. As a major exporter of many agricultural products, this new agreement will make many Chilean agricultural products more competitive and create new challenge for U.S. exporters particularly for wine, tree fruit, grapes, nuts and seafood. Download (PDF)


Select 2015|Poultry and Products|Bangkok|Thailand|9/2/2015

TH5105. Unlike in 2014, the Thai broiler industry in 2015 has encountered much lower profitability due to a sharp decline in broiler prices. Reduced broiler production in 2016 is possible if the Thai government continues its ban on importation of U.S. chicken genetics. Without being officially notified, Thailand banned imports of U.S. live poultry and uncooked poultry products in late December 2014 when the first detection of High Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in the U.S. poultry flock was officially reported. Download (PDF)


U.S. Exporters to Benefit from Import Tariff Reductions on Seafood|Trade Policy Monitoring Fishery Products|Bangkok|Thailand|2/11/2015

TH5016. On 29 December , 2014, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) issued a Notification in the Royal Gazette providing further preferential duty reduction schedules under Section 12 of the Customs Tariff Decree B.E. 2530 (“Section 12”) for imported seafood products. The import duties for those listed seafood products were reduced from five percent to zero and became effective on December 30, 2014. Download (PDF)


2014|Food Processing Ingredients|Bangkok|Thailand|2/2/2015

TH4139 Thailand is one of the world’s leading agricultural suppliers, primarily due to its well-developed food processing sector. The country has among the most advanced food processing industries in Southeast Asia, which enables it to export value-added products to international markets like Europe, Japan, China, and the United States. Opportunities in Thailand’s food processing sector continue to grow as domestic sales of processed foods continue to rise driven by strong demand from the retail and food service sectors. Download (PDF)


2014|Exporter Guide|Bangkok|Thailand|1/20/2015

TH4140: This guide serves as a resource for U.S. companies seeking to do business in Thailand and provides practical tips and information on local business practices, consumer preferences and trends, food standards and regulations, and import and inspection procedures. This report also identifies opportunities and entry approaches for the three major market sectors (food retail, food service, and food processing). Download (PDF)


FAIRS Export Certificate Report|Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Certification|Bangkok|Thailand|1/20/2015

TH4130: This report lists certificates required by Thai government agencies for U.S. products exported to Thailand including 57 processed and unprocessed food items, other prepackaged processed food, fruit and vegetables, live animals, boneless beef, canned or preserved meat and poultry products, other processed meat products, processed or frozen seafood, hides and skins, distillers dried grains, and live animals. Download (PDF)


FAIRS Country Report|Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Narrative|Bangkok|Thailand|1/2/2015

TH4135: This report includes an update of Section 2.1, pertaining to standard labeling. Other minor changes have been made to this report including: requirements of good manufacturing practices of low acid and acidified foods in sealed containers (Section 1.3.1 G); specific import control on beef and beef products from BSE-affected countries (Section 6.6); and specific import controls on pork meat (Section 6.7). Download (PDF)


Processing Filing For Low-Acid and Acidified Certificate Required |FAIRS Subject Report|Bangkok|Thailand|12/22/2014

TH4128: U.S. exporters of foods in hermetically sealed containers to Thailand can use U.S. FDA’s Filed Process Filing document as the equivalent certificate to meet new requirements stated in the Ministry of Public Health No. 349 Re: Production Methods, Tools and Equipment, and Storages of Low acid and Acidified foods Packaged in Hermetically Sealed Containers. Affected products must meet 5 criteria to fall under this regulation. Download (PDF)


New Thai Food Labeling Law and Its Impact to the Food Industry|FAIRS Subject Report|Bangkok|Thailand|10/27/2014

TH4091. The Thai Food and Drug Administration has issued a new food labeling law for pre-packed food replacing the current food labeling notification, Ministry of Public Health Notification No. 194. The new regulations will become in effective on December 3, 2014, replacing the existing law, which have been used since 2000. See Gain report TH3102 Proposed Changes to the Thai Food Labeling Law for further information. Download (PDF)


Select 2014|Poultry and Products|Bangkok|Thailand|9/5/2014

“TH4076. The Thai broiler industry has enjoyed a profitable year and will expand modestly in 2014 and 2015. Download (PDF)


2013|Food Service – Hotel Restaurant Institutional|Bangkok|Thailand|1/27/2014

TH4007: This report gives an overview of Thailand’s food service industry. It provides an understanding of market overview, opportunities, and the key channels of distribution for U.S. foods and beverages destined for food service market in Thailand. Download (PDF)


FAIRS Export Certificate Report|Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Certification|Bangkok|Thailand|1/23/2014

TH3120: This report lists certificates required by Thai government agencies for U.S. products exported to Thailand including 56 processed and unprocessed food items, other prepackaged processed food, 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. These required certificates are basically unchanged from the 2012 annual report. Download (PDF)


2013|Exporter Guide|Bangkok|Thailand|1/20/2014

TH4005: This guide serves as a resource for U.S. companies seeking to do business in Thailand and provides practical tips and information on local business practices, consumer preferences and trends, food standards and regulations, and import and inspection procedures. This report also identifies opportunities and entry approaches for the three major market sectors (food retail, food service, and food processing). Download (PDF)


FAIRS Country Report|Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Narrative|Bangkok|Thailand|1/10/2014

TH4002: Minor changes have been made to this report. Revisions include: prohibited food and substances (Section 1.2); requirements of good manufacturing practices (Section 1.3.1 G); labeling of cow’s milk (Section 2.1.4); use of the term “premium” on food labels (Section 2.1.5); food additive labeling (Section 2.8); food pathogens control measures in food products (Section 5.3); specific import controls on pork meat (Section 6.7); and specific import controls on fruits and vegetables Download (PDF)


Approval on Reopening Market for Live Cattle|Export Accomplishments – Other Livestock and Products Market Development Reports Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety|Bangkok|Thailand|1/1/2014

APHIS/Bangkok and FAS/Bangkok successfully worked in conjunction with the Thai Department of Livestock Development to lift Thailand’s import ban on U.S. live cattle. The Thai government agreed to accept the import requirement protocol proposed by USDA/APHIS on October 3, 2013. Trade sources reported that this development should generate an immediate impact on U.S. dairy and cattle exports to Thailand worth up to $1 million. Download (PDF)


Proposed Changes to the Thai Food Labeling Law|FAIRS Subject Report|Bangkok|Thailand|11/12/2013

TH3102 The Thai Food and Drug Administration notified the WTO of its proposed new food labeling requirements for prepackaged food that will replace the current food labeling notification, Ministry of Public Health Notification No. 194. Download (PDF)


Bangkok Newsletter – July 2013|Agricultural Situation Market Development Reports|Bangkok|Thailand|8/22/2013

TH3067 “SAWASDEE THAILAND” provides the latest information on Thai agricultural situation, market access for U.S. products, and upcoming events. Download (PDF)


U.S. Export Challenges Posted by Thailand’s FTAs|Country/Regional FTA’s Country/Regional FTA’s Competitor Market Development Reports Fresh Fruit Tree Nuts Trade Policy Incident Report Trade Policy Monitoring|Bangkok|Thailand|5/3/2013

TH3030. This report examines the impact free trade agreements (FTAs) have had on the competitiveness of U.S. exports in the Thai market. The analysis reveals some surprises and other results that were expected. Download (PDF)


Bangkok Newsletter – April 2013|Agricultural Situation Market Development Reports|Bangkok|Thailand|4/30/2013

“SAWASDEE THAILAND” provides the latest information on Thai agricultural situation, market access for U.S. products, and upcoming events. Download (PDF)