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. Glyphosate and chlorpyrifos 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:
The following information must appear in English on the packed carton of fruit:
- Product or produce of the state or country of origin
- Name of fruit (common name)
- Name of packinghouse/shipper
- Production unit code (PUC)/grower lot number
“EXPORT TO THAILAND” must appear on each carton that is exported loose. Placards that state “EXPORT TO THAILAND” may be used if the shipment is palletized and must appear on all four sides of the pallet.
B. Licenses and quotas:
C. Currency Issues:
D. Pest and plant disease restrictions:
An import permit and phytosanitary certificate are required. The phytosanitary certificate number must appear on the shipping documents.
Packed cartons of fruit must be free from plant materials, e.g. leaves, plant debris, etc.
Ocean shipping containers must be sealed. The seal number must be endorsed on the phytosanitary certificate or shipping documents.
Contact the Northwest Horticultural Council office for a copy of the export protocol.
E. Other Requirements:
August 1, 2019, the Thailand Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) implemented food safety regulations for production processes, production equipment, storage, and labeling. The following U.S. packinghouse standards were confirmed by TFDA November 11, 2019, to comply with the Thai Ministerial Notification No. 386 B.D. 2560 (2017):
- USDA Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practices Audit Verification Program for Fruit and Vegetables;
- GlobalG.A.P.’s Integrated Farm Assurance Program for Fruits and Vegetables;
- The Safe Quality Food (SQF) Institute’s HACCP-Based Supplier Assurance Code for Food Industry;
- BRC Global Standards for Food Safety (Issue 7);
- Primus FGS Version 2.1-2c or Version 3
The five standard certifications above are in addition to those listed in the original notification: GMP, HACCP, ISO 2000, International Food Standards (IFS), Primus GFS Standard, and GlobalG.A.P.
A valid food safety certificate must be shown at the TFDA checkpoint. TFDA prefers an original certificate but will accept a copy that is verified by a Notary Public or U.S. State Department entities, e.g. U.S. Embassy.
The certificate will be returned to the importer and may be used for subsequent shipments until the certificate is invalid.
Shipments made using a trading house/broker invoice should document the name of the certified packer on the invoice or packing list.For additional information, contact the Northwest Horticultural Council at (509) 453-3193.
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:
VIII. ADDITIONAL COMMENTS
Special thanks to
FAS Field Office – Thailand