Northwest Horticultural Council
Official Language(s): Thai
Please click on the above link for a list of chemical MRLs.
II. CHEMICALS AND ADDITIVE INFORMATION
A. Chemical residue standards:
Thailand has a limited MRL standard for apples, pears and/or cherries. If a chemical does not have an established MRL, and is not included in the hazardous substance Category 4 list, Thailand will accept Codex’s MRLs. Azinphos-methyl (AZM) and endosulfan are currently included on the Category 4 list, and therefore a zero tolerance level is maintained.
B. Monitoring chemical residues:
Thai FDA officials conduct regular screening of incoming fresh fruit shipments for pesticide residues.
C. Restrictions on use of waxes:
III. ORGANIC FRUIT REGULATIONS
Apples: 10% ad valorem
Pears: 30% ad valorem
Cherries: 40% ad valorem
As a result of the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area, Thailand and China have reduced their respective import duties on fresh fruits and vegetables to zero.
Thailand and Australia negotiated a free trade agreement (FTA) in October 2003. Under this FTA, Thailand provided Australian apples and pears duty-free access.
V. NON-TARIFF BARRIERS
A. Labeling requirements:
Name of company must be on label.
Shipments to Thailand must include a shipping mark on the outer layer of packaging, or on the pallet if the entire pallet is from one shipper. The same shipping mark must be noted on invoices, packing lists, bills of lading, and all other shipping documents. Prior to November 2017 this requirement was not strictly enforced, but currently any shipments without a shipping mark, or where the shipping mark does not match all other associated documents, will be subject to a Thai Customs Department fine not exceeding 50,000 Baht (approximately $1560).
For airfreight, the house airway bill number may be used as the shipping mark. For sea freight with single container loads, only a single shipping mark is required at the entrance to the container. For containers holding fruit from different shippers, a different shipping mark is required for each shipper.
B. Licenses and quotas:
C. Currency Issues:
D. Pest and plant disease restrictions:
A Phytosanitary Certificate is required.
E. Other Requirements:
A Certificate of Origin issued by a relevant authority is required for shipments to enter Thailand.
VI. MARKETING REPRESENTATIVES FOR PACIFIC NORTHWEST TREE FRUIT INDUSTRY:
Washington Apple Commission:
Success Marketing Co., Ltd.
Northwest Cherry Growers/Washington State Fruit Commission:
PT & Tatch Ltd.
VII. OTHER RESOURCE LINKS:
- The World Factbook (Central Intelligence Agency)
- Thailand (U.S. Commercial Service/Department of Commerce)
- U.S. Embassy