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General conditions

1. General conditions for edible non-prescribed goods

1.1. Prohibited

The Department is unaware of any prohibited edible non-prescribed goods* for export to Thailand.

1.2. Conditions

1.2.1 Food manufacturer auditing and registration with Thai Authorities

Thailand requires food manufacturers to have their establishments registered with the Thai authorities annually. To be registered, manufacturers must be audited.

Auditing can be achieved through commercial arrangements for example, by a Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) accredited food safety auditing system. Where food manufacturers do not use a JAS-ANZ accredited auditing system, the use of an independent third-party auditing system will be required. Auditing must meet HACCP standards or Codex good manufacturing practices.

1.2.2 Requirement of a production certificate for importing food products

On 9 February 2021, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) published notification no. 420 B.E. 2563 on the Food Production Processes, Processing Equipment/Utensils and Storage Practices (PDF 226 KB). The notification expanded the scope of food products required to present a production certificate to cover all types of imported food.

The notification covers manufacturers of all non-prescribed goods for human consumption including, edible salt, drinking water, mineral water or ice milk, canned food and acidified food that utilises thermal treatment.

The Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires food importers to present a production certificate that demonstrates that a production standard, equivalent to MOPH’s requirements has been achieved. Examples of the international standards accepted by FDA (PDF 70 KB) have been published.

These requirements are outlined in Notification of the MOPH (Number 420) of B.E. 2563 (PDF 226 KB)

Production certificate -issued by a Certifying Body

A production certificate is a Document or Certificate Assuring Food Production Standards and issued by an organisation that follows the Codex Guidelines for the Design, Operation, Assessment and Accreditation of Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CAC/GL 26-1997). For example, the certificate issued by a certification body (CB) being membered and accredited by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).

For Australia, these certification bodies will need to be accredited by the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ).

The Thailand FDA will check the accredited certification body against the Accredited Bodies Search | JAS ANZ list. If your CB is not found, the production certificate will be delayed and/or declined by the Thailand FDA. 

Producers may contact a JAS ANZ accredited body for information on how to obtain certification to the required standards.

Such certificates are required for the product registration with FDA and the product clearance processes at the point of entry into Thailand. If a copy of the original certificate is used, it must be verified prior to presenting it to FDA.

Verification of copies of the certificate may be conducted by:

  • The certifying organisation where the certificate is issued;
  • Australian embassy based in Thailand;
  • Government organisation; or
  • Notary public.

Australian exporters are advised to communicate with their Thai importers and suppliers to ensure the Thailand MOPH requirements are met.

Production certificate documentary evidence issued by the Department

Under Notification 420, Government Authorities in the food producing country are also authorised to issue documentary evidence which shows production standards equivalent to Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) have been met.

Where a producer or exporter holds a production certificate from a certifying body that is not JAS-ANZ accredited (but still meets CODEX Guidelines) they can request the department to assess the certifying body certificates, showing they have been audited. The department can then issue a letter titled “Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice and HACCP”.

The letter will be issued in accordance with the certificate supplied to the department. Only the products listed within the scope of the certificate will be attached to the letter. The exporter must ensure the letter has been issued before exporting the food products to Thailand.

Where the food manufacturer is not also the exporter, the manufacturer will need to provide the letter to the exporter.

The letter can be presented to Port Authorities in Thailand to clear product/s.

*Importing country requirements for some non-prescribed goods that contain meat, fish, dairy or egg products and animal by-products are covered on the relevant meat, dairy, fish or egg pages in Micor. You should check for importing country requirements there.

2. General conditions for inedible non-prescribed goods

2.1. Prohibited

Unless specified within the commodity list below, the Department is unaware of any specific requirement for inedible non-prescribed goods* that are for export to Thailand.

2.2. Conditions

Unless specified within the commodity list below, the Department is unaware of any specific requirement for inedible non-prescribed goods* that are for export to Thailand.

*Importing country requirements for some non-prescribed goods that contain meat, fish, dairy or egg products and animal by-products are covered on the relevant meat, dairy, fish or egg pages in Micor. You should check for importing country requirements there.

Specific goods

Edible apiculture products

1. Preconditions for market access

2. Documentation requirements

2.1 Government certification

The Department is unaware of any certification requirements for edible apiculture products for export to Thailand.

An unendorsed EX188B certificate (NEXDOC only) can be issued for edible apiculture products. However, exporters are encouraged to confirm the importing conditions through their importer, or if needed the government authority of Thailand.

The following document provides instructions on how to complete certificate template number EX188B (within the Next Export Documentation system (NEXDOC) Portal):

3. Other requirements

4. Exemptions granted by the importing country

Sugar for human consumption

1. Preconditions for market access

Sugar must be exported to Thailand with a health certificate. See section 2 below.

1.1. Import permit

The department is not aware of any import permit requirements for importing sugar into Thailand. Exporters are encouraged to confirm the importing conditions through their importer or, if needed, the government authority of Thailand.

1.2 Listing and audit
Listing and audit procedureRequired?
AuditNo
Listing – Department's Establishment Register
No
1.3 Prohibited products

The department is not aware of any prohibited products related to sugar.

2. Documentation requirements

2.1 Government certification

Sugar must be exported on certificate template EX188B Declaration and Certificate as to Condition, with the attestation

The product is fit for human consumption.

Exporters must enter this attestation manually. Please refer to the attached certificate (PDF 43 KB) for guidance.

3. Other requirement

4. Exemptions granted by importing country

Latest updates

02/11/2022 - Added information on auditing and production certificates to “General Conditions for edible non-prescribed goods” (section 1.2) and “Sugar for human consumption” to “Specific goods” section.
27/09/2022 - Page first published.
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Last updated: 2/11/2022 11:23 AMCreated: 27/09/2022 12:03 PM