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1. Preconditions for market access

1.1 Establishment listing

Initial listing procedure for edible productsRequired?
Export registrationYes
Establishment listing for ThailandNo

1.2 Access for products for human consumption

ProductAccess?
Live seafood
Yes*
Non-viable seafoodYes
CrocodileNo agreed certification
*Thailand maintains a list of species eligible for live import. The Department recommends exporters to confirm with importers regarding the eligibility of the species prior to export.

1.3 Access for non-prescribed goods

ProductAccess?
Technical products pharmaceutical materialNo agreed certification
Rendered productsNo agreed certification
Crocodile skins and hidesNo agreed certification
ShellsNo agreed certification

Non-prescribed goods are not regulated by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

Furthermore, the Rules do not apply to:

  • liquid fish products exported in a consignment of no more than 10 litres
  • dried fish and dried fish products (other than dried abalone) exported in a consignment of no more than 2 kilograms
  • fish and fish products (other than liquid fish and dried abalone) exported in a consignment of no more than 10 kilograms.
However, the Department may provide an export certificate if one is required by the importing country competent authority.

1.5 Premises and equipment

Thailand has no known additional requirements for premises and equipment that differ from those required in the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

2. Operational requirements

2.1 General operational requirements

Thailand has no known additional requirements for specific operations that differ from those required in the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

2.2 Microbial and residue sampling, and maximum acceptable limits

Thailand has no known additional requirements for microbial sampling of fish and fish products that differ from those required in the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

3. Harvesting and processing

3.1 Sourcing of fish and fish products

Thailand has no known additional requirements for sourcing of fish and fish products that differ from those required by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

3.2 Sourcing, slaughter and post-mortem inspection of crocodiles

Thailand has no agreed requirements for the slaughter and post-mortem inspection of crocodiles.

3.3 Refrigeration, transfer and loadout

Thailand has no known additional requirements for refrigeration, transfer and loadout that differ from those required by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

4. Production for human consumption

5. Production of non-prescribed goods

5.1 Non-prescribed goods

Crocodile skins and hides

Crocodile skins and hides are non-prescribed goods and are not regulated by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

Rendered products

Rendered products are non-prescribed goods and are not regulated by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

Shells

Shells are non-prescribed goods and are not regulated by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

Technical products and pharmaceutical material

No agreed certification. Please contact import officials to confirm importing country requirements.

6. Labelling, use-by date, trade description and shipping marks (port marks)

6.1 Labelling and trade description

Thailand has no known specific requirements for labelling and trade description in addition to those provided in the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

6.2 Use-by date and/or shelf life restrictions

Thailand has no known specific requirements for use-by dates and/or shelf life restrictions in addition to Department-administered legislation.

6.3 Shipping marks (port marks)

Section 59 of Thailand’s Custom Act B.E.2560 (2017)specifies that packages or containers of goods imported into or exported out of Thailand must display external shipping marks or numbers [indicating the number of packages].

The shipping marks or numbers are required to be accurately depicted on all documents relating to the goods; and are a requirement for all commodities.

It is recommended that exporters work with their importers to check the relevant sub-regulations and guidelines regarding shipping mark requirements.

For further information please refer to Market Access Advice 2017-09.

7. Documentation requirements for products for human consumption

7.1 Finfish

For finfish, use a FX46 Certificate as to Condition with endorsement 510.

Endorsement 510 – Thai radioactivity statement

The goods described in this certificate have not been contaminated by radioactive elements from nuclear fallout. Analysis of representative samples of similar products has shown that the radioactivity level does not exceed the levels established by the Thai Ministry of Public Health.

7.2 Bivalves

For bivalves, use a FX46 Certificate as to Condition with endorsement 510.

Endorsement 510 – Thai radioactivity statement

The goods described in this certificate have not been contaminated by radioactive elements from nuclear fallout. Analysis of representative samples of similar products has shown that the radioactivity level does not exceed the levels established by the Thai Ministry of Public Health.

GMP-HACCP

Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Ministry of Public Health, may request, via the importer, a declaration from the Department stating that establishments processing certain foods for sale in Thailand comply with Thai government requirements for HACCP, good manufacturing practices and for general hygiene, which cover the following items:

  1. Premises and production buildings
  2. Tools, machinery and equipment used in the production process
  3. Processing control
  4. Sanitation
  5. Maintenance and cleaning
  6. Personnel and personnel hygiene.
Should you require this declaration, please contact your local Department office.

7.3 Crustaceans

For live rock lobsters, use a FX46 Certificate as to Condition with endorsement 5240.

As mentioned in Section 1.2, Thailand maintains a list of eligible species for live imports. The Department recommends exporters to confirm with importers regarding the eligibility of the species prior to export.

Endorsement 5240 – Animal health attestations

The goods:

  1. Have been inspected prior to packing, and showed no clinical signs of disease;
  2. Are not subject to any prohibitions due to unresolved increased mortality;
  3. Are not intended for destruction or slaughter for eradication of disease;
  4. Originate from areas that are all under the supervision of the competent authority and no un-explained mass mortality during the past 6 months;
  5. Are originated from a country, zone, compartment, or farm establishment which is free of infection with white spot syndrome virus under the official surveillance program in accordance with the OIE Aquatic code. The appropriate test methods for the purpose of demonstrating freedom of the disease are those capable of detecting subclinical carriers of the pathogen, as described in the OIE Aquatic Manual. Basic biosecurity conditions as defined in the OIE Aquatic Code have been applied continuously during the last two years surveillance;
  6. Are placed under conditions that do not alter their health status;
  7. Are transported in container that is clean and disinfected or previously unused; and
  8. Are identified by a label on the exterior of the container with information outlining its country of origin, name, address, approval number of processing establishment.

For all other crustaceans, use a FX46 Certificate as to Condition with endorsement 510.

Endorsement 510 – Thai radioactivity statement

The goods described in this certificate have not been contaminated by radioactive elements from nuclear fallout. Analysis of representative samples of similar products has shown that the radioactivity level does not exceed the levels established by the Thai Ministry of Public Health.

GMP-HACCP

Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Ministry of Public Health, may request, via the importer, a declaration from the Department stating that establishments processing certain foods for sale in Thailand comply with Thai government requirements for HACCP, good manufacturing practices and for general hygiene, which cover the following items:

  1. Premises and production buildings
  2. Tools, machinery and equipment used in the production process
  3. Processing control
  4. Sanitation
  5. Maintenance and cleaning
  6. Personnel and personnel hygiene.
Should you require this declaration, please contact your local Department office.

7.4 Echinoderms

For echinoderms, use a FX46 Certificate as to Condition with endorsement 510.

Endorsement 510 – Thai radioactivity statement

The goods described in this certificate have not been contaminated by radioactive elements from nuclear fallout. Analysis of representative samples of similar products has shown that the radioactivity level does not exceed the levels established by the Thai Ministry of Public Health.

GMP-HACCP

Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Ministry of Public Health, may request, via the importer, a declaration from the Department stating that establishments processing certain foods for sale in Thailand comply with Thai government requirements for HACCP, good manufacturing practices and for general hygiene, which cover the following items:

  1. Premises and production buildings
  2. Tools, machinery and equipment used in the production process
  3. Processing control
  4. Sanitation
  5. Maintenance and cleaning
  6. Personnel and personnel hygiene.
Should you require this declaration, please contact your local Department office.

7.5 Gastropods

For gastropods, use a FX46 Certificate as to Condition with endorsement 510.

The FX46 Certificate as to Condition contains the following attestations:

I hereby certify that to the best of my knowledge the conditions or restrictions applicable under the particular inspection system prescribed under the Export Control Act have been complied with in respect of the prescribed goods described above, being goods that are;

  1. In sound condition
  2. Fit for human consumption
  3. Of Australian origin
Endorsement 510 – Thai radioactivity statement

The goods described in this certificate have not been contaminated by radioactive elements from nuclear fallout. Analysis of representative samples of similar products has shown that the radioactivity level does not exceed the levels established by the Thai Ministry of Public Health.

GMP-HACCP

Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Ministry of Public Health, may request, via the importer, a declaration from the Department stating that establishments processing certain foods for sale in Thailand comply with Thai government requirements for HACCP, good manufacturing practices and for general hygiene, which cover the following items:

  1. Premises and production buildings
  2. Tools, machinery and equipment used in the production process
  3. Processing control
  4. Sanitation
  5. Maintenance and cleaning
  6. Personnel and personnel hygiene.
Should you require this declaration, please contact your local Department office.

7.6 Cephalopods

For cephalopods, use a FX46 Certificate as to Condition with endorsement 510.

Endorsement 510 – Thai radioactivity statement

The goods described in this certificate have not been contaminated by radioactive elements from nuclear fallout. Analysis of representative samples of similar products has shown that the radioactivity level does not exceed the levels established by the Thai Ministry of Public Health.

GMP-HACCP

Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Ministry of Public Health, may request, via the importer, a declaration from the Department stating that establishments processing certain foods for sale in Thailand comply with Thai government requirements for HACCP, good manufacturing practices and for general hygiene, which cover the following items:

  1. Premises and production buildings
  2. Tools, machinery and equipment used in the production process
  3. Processing control
  4. Sanitation
  5. Maintenance and cleaning
  6. Personnel and personnel hygiene.
Should you require this declaration, please contact your local Department office.

7.7 Tunicates

For tunicates, use a FX46 Certificate as to Condition with endorsement 510.

Endorsement 510 – Thai radioactivity statement

The goods described in this certificate have not been contaminated by radioactive elements from nuclear fallout. Analysis of representative samples of similar products has shown that the radioactivity level does not exceed the levels established by the Thai Ministry of Public Health.

GMP-HACCP

Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Ministry of Public Health, may request, via the importer, a declaration from the Department stating that establishments processing certain foods for sale in Thailand comply with Thai government requirements for HACCP, good manufacturing practices and for general hygiene, which cover the following items:

  1. Premises and production buildings
  2. Tools, machinery and equipment used in the production process
  3. Processing control
  4. Sanitation
  5. Maintenance and cleaning
  6. Personnel and personnel hygiene.
Should you require this declaration, please contact your local Department office.

7.8 Crocodiles

There is no agreed certification for import of crocodile meat into Thailand.

8. Documentation requirements for non-prescribed goods

8.1 Technical products and pharmaceutical material

There is no agreed certification for import of technical products and pharmaceutical materials into Thailand. The Department may not be able to intervene in the event of a detained consignment.

Exporters should check import requirements with their importer or the importing country competent authority prior to shipping any technical products or pharmaceutical material.

8.2 Rendered products

There is no agreed certification for import of rendered products into Thailand. The Department may not be able to intervene in the event of a detained consignment.

Exporters should check import requirements with their importer or the importing country competent authority prior to shipping any rendered products.

8.3 Crocodile skins and hides

There is no agreed certification for import of crocodile skins and hides into Thailand. The Department may not be able to intervene in the event of a detained consignment.

Exporters should check import requirements with their importer or the importing country competent authority prior to shipping any crocodile skins and hides.

8.4 Shells

There is no agreed certification for import of shells into Thailand. The Department may not be able to intervene in the event of a detained consignment.

Exporters should check import requirements with their importer or the importing country competent authority prior to shipping any shells.

9. Shipping and air freight requirements

10. Port-of-entry clearance inspection and testing

11. Definitions

Latest updates

31/08/2021 - New health certificate for live rock lobster exports to Thailand.
17/08/2021 - New custom Act, update to shipping marks (port marks) in section 6.3.
16/06/2021 - References to export legislation have been updated.
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Last updated: 19/11/2021 5:50 PMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:28 PM