Fishery Products

  • 1. Laws and regulations applicable to the import and export of fishery products

    • 1.1. Fisheries Act, B.E. 2490 (A.D.1947)
      1.2. Animal Epidemic Act, B.E. 2499 (A.D.1956)
      1.3. Food Act, B.E. 2522 (A.D.1979)
      1.4. Wild Animal Preservation and Protection Act, B.E. 2535 (A.D.1992)
      1.5. Goods Exportation and Importation Act, B.E. 2522 (A.D. 1979)
      1.6. Other related laws, regulations, and announcements.

      Remark: The details of the laws, rules, regulations, and announcements are attached herewith.

  • 2. Fishery products forbidden from importation into the Kingdom of Thailand

    • 2.1. Fishery products forbidden from importation into the Kingdom of Thailand are the products subject to the law forbidding importation, for example, the Wild Animal Preservation and Protection Act, B.E. 2535 (A.D.1992) forbids the import and export of protected maritime species.
      2.2. Fishery products harvested by Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing (IUU fishing).
      2.3. Over-contaminated fishery products according to the standard specified by the applicable laws.
      2.4. Toxic fishery products that may be harmful to local consumers, i.e. blowfish.
  • 3. Fishery products allowed for importation into the Kingdom of Thailand subject to permission

    • In general, any fishery product may be imported into Thailand unless forbidden by law. However, importation of fishery products shall be permitted according to the following laws: Fisheries Act, B.E. 2490 (A.D.1947), Animal Epidemic Act, B.E. 2499 (A.D.1956), Food Act, B.E. 2522 (A.D.1979), and the laws and regulations that control fishery products’ importation. These laws specifically require permission from the Department of Fisheries for the importation of live or dead maritime species into Thailand.
  • 4. Fishery products forbidden from exportation out of the Kingdom of Thailand

    • 4.1. Fishery products forbidden from exportation out of the Kingdom of Thailand according to such laws as the Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act, B.E. 2535 (A.D.1992), which forbids the export of protected maritime species.
      4.2. Over-contaminated fishery products according to the standard specified by the law.
  • 5. Fishery products that requires permission for exportation

    • Fishery products subject to the Animal Epidemic Act, B.E. 2499 (A.D.1956) that require an animal / animal product export permit are the following 8 species: prawn, shellfish, crab, fish, frog, soft-shelled turtle, turtle, and crocodile.
      The following may be exported only if a permit is obtained in accordance with the Goods Importation and Exportation Act, B.E. 2522 (A.D.1979).
       Live Tiger Prawn smaller than 7.5 inches in size or lighter than 70 grams in weight. The exporter shall comply with the regulations of the Department of Fisheries regarding the application and permission for Tiger Prawn Exportation out of the Kingdom Act, B.E. 2547 (A.D.2004).
       Exportation of shellfish and seashells of finished seashell products. The exporter shall comply with the regulations of the Department of Fisheries regarding certification of seashell species of finished Seashell Products Exported out of the Kingdom Act, B.E. 2547 (A.D.2004).
       Exportation of ornamental fish shall comply with the regulations of the Department of Fisheries regarding the application and permission for Ornamental Fish Exportation out of the Kingdom Act, B.E. 2549 (A.D.2006).
       Exportation of products of prawn, shellfish, crab, fish, frog, soft-shelled turtle, turtle, and crocodile shall comply with the regulations of the Department of Fisheries regarding Animal Health Certificate for Exportation out of the Kingdom Act, B.E. 2550 (A.D.2007).
  • 6. Method and process for fishery import and export

    • Pre-import process

      1. A party wishing to import or export maritime species shall apply for a fish import or export permit at the marine quarantine station at the port of entry by submitting the following forms and evidence:

      1) Application form (Form No. 1/1) in accordance with the Animal Epidemic Act.
      2) Application form (for fish import only).
      3) Registration form in the Fisheries Single Window system.
      4) Copies of the exporter’s and his representative’s identification cards.
      5) House registration documents.
      6) Company registration (for a juristic person).
      7) Power of attorney with a 10-Baht-annually or 30-Baht annually duty stamp on (for the representative).
      8) A copy of the permit and registration form as a fisherman, trader of fish or fish products, or an operator in the fishery industry. (Form No. 6)


      2. An exporter wishing to apply for an import or export permit shall submit the application form online via the central application networking system and the permit and certificate support system on the Internet (Fisheries Single Window: FSW) as follows:


      [Application Process]

      Application channel

      An importer or exporter wishing to apply for an import or export permit via the Department of Fisheries’ central application networking system and the permit and certificate support system on the Internet (Fisheries Single Window) may request the FSW user status from 2 channels:
      1. Submit the application form directly at the quarantine station if the operator wishes to import or export animal products of maritime species through the fisheries inspection gate or the fish and raw material import/export service center, at the Department of Fisheries.
      2. Submit the application online via the Department of Fisheries’ central application networking system and the permit and certificate support system on the Internet (Fisheries Single Window).

      In the case of an online application

      1. Access the site: http://fsw.fisheries.go.th
      2. Select the “FSW’ icon.
      3. Select “Register new user”.
      4. Complete the form and save.
      5. The system will send the online user registration result to the email address specified by the applicant.
      6. The applicant shall confirm the registration in the email within 3 days from the registration date, or the system automatically cancels the application.
      7. The applicant logs into the system again, enters the user name, password, and code as given in the previous application form, and selects “Enter”.
      8. The applicant selects the “Personal information” module, selects the registration type, completes the form, saves the application, and submits the application to the system. The application is completed.
      9. The applicant completes the application form according to his type. Make sure that the information corresponds with that in the online application that was completed previously
      10. The applicant submits the application form and other supplementary documents as required by the Department of Fisheries to the Department’s official at the place specified by the Department.
      11. If the applicant appoints a representative to act on his behalf, a tax-stamped power of attorney must be presented.
      12. Officials of the Department of Fisheries shall verify the registration application with the information entered online and check the supplementary documents. If incomplete, reject the application, or else accept the application and issue an acknowledgment form as confirmation.
      13. Officials of the Department of Fisheries shall submit the application form with the supplementary documents to the Director-General for approval and granting of access. The applicant may check the registration status online.

      Other conditions

      Other conditions when submitting an application online via the Department of Fisheries’ central application networking system and the permit and certificate support system on the Internet (Fisheries Single Window):
      (1) An operator wishing to apply for more than one status in the system must apply for each status separately; for instance, to be an importer/exporter and shipping representative shall require an application for each status respectively, namely importer/exporter status and shipping representative status.
      (2) An importer shall submit the application form directly, or may appoint a representative to submit or revise the application on his behalf by attaching a copy of the importer’s and representative’s identification card, power of attorney, and 30-Baht duty stamp.
      (3) A person or juristic person applying online via the Department of Fisheries’ central application networking system and the permit and certificate support system on the Internet (Fisheries Single Window) shall receive a lifetime status, except the shipping representative status, which expires 3 years from the approval date. Within 1 month prior to the expiry date, the system sends the operator an email alert, informing him to apply for an extension.
      (4) An operator who has registered online and wishes to revise the corporate information such as the name or address of the company, or wishes to add information such as the employee manifest into the record, shall submit the information revision request (Form No. 5) with other supplementary documents to the system.


      3. Officials of the Department of Fisheries shall verify the information in the Fisheries Single Window. If incomplete, reject the application, or else the officials shall suggest how to amend the application and shall then submit the application form and the supplementary documents to the officials at the quarantine unit.

      4. Officials of the Department of Fisheries shall verify the registration form and/or the supplementary documents with the information entered online. If complete, the officials shall approve the application within 3 working days or else notify the applicant for correction accordingly.
      Remark: No. 1-4 is the process for FSW user registration.

      5. An importer or exporter wishing to apply for a fish product import or export permit shall complete the application form and attach supplementary documents such as the invoice, bill of lading, Import Entry (in the case of import), Export Entry (in the case of marine species export) in the Fisheries Single Window.

      6. The officials shall verify the information in No. 5 and take the following action:
      If complete, the officials shall issue the animal or animal product import permit (Form Ror 6) and fish product import permit (in the case of fish product importation) within 1 working day. In the case of fish exportation, the officials shall issue the animal or animal product export permit (Form Ror 9) within 1 working day.

      7. The application according to No. 6 notifies the quarantine official about the import/export date, time, flight number, voyage number, or other types of transportation at least 1 working day prior to the import/export date.

       

      Import/export date

      1. Upon a shipment’s arrival, the officials shall verify all the related documents, namely the Animal or Animal Product Import and Transfer Through the Kingdom Permit (Form No. 6), animal health certificate (in the case of the importation of live prawn or their carcass), Import Entry, bill of lading, invoice, and other documents required by the Department of Fisheries. In the case of an export, the officials shall verify all the related documents, namely the Animal or Animal Product Export Permit (Form No. 9), Export Entry, bill of lading, invoice, and any other documents required by the Department of Fisheries.
      If incomplete, the officials shall reject the application and request correction by the operator, or else inspect the shipment.

      2. The officials shall compare the type, size, and quantity of the shipment with the requirements in the permit (in the case of importation) or with the Animal or Animal Product Export Permit (Form No. 9) (in the case of exportation).
      If correct, the officials shall release the shipment in FSW system. However, in the case of any discrepancy, the officials shall not release the shipment, and the operator must implement corrective action accordingly.

      3. In the case of importation of maritime species, by considering the risk by species, the quarantine officials shall take a sample from the shipment or withhold(quarantine?) the imported animal for detection of any disease or contamination. If the epidemic or contamination risk is high, the shipment must be seized or quarantined.

      4. After the officials have inspected the shipment and agreed that the imported animal shall be seized or quarantined, the quarantine officials shall comply with the law by sending a sample of the animal to test for disease or contamination at the laboratory of the Department of Fisheries. When the test result is obtained, one of the following actions shall be taken:
      If any disease or contamination is detected, the officials shall destroy the entire shipment by the authority given to the Fisheries Officials by the law.
      If no disease or contamination is found, the officials shall release the shipment and issue the Animal/animal Product Import Permit (Form No. 7) to the importer for further processing.

  • 7. The address, telephone number, and e-mail address of the authority that provides information and answers questions about the import and export of fishery products

    • Fish and Raw Material Import/export Service Center, Fish and Raw Material Control Office, Fisheries Management Administration Office, the Department of Fisheries, Kaset Klang, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900.
      Tel: +66-2-579-1878, +66-2-579-3614
      URL: www.fishquarantine.org

  • 8. Approved Fish Processing Establishments

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