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  • Plant Quarantine Import Regulations

    Thailand

    Plant Quarantine Act Presently, the Plant Quarantine Act B.E. 2507 (1952) amended by the Plant Quarantine Act (No. 2) B.E. 2542 (1999) is being enforced. The Act contains 27 Sections. In order to prevent the invasion of plant pests and diseases from outside the country, a number of regulations, notifications and orders are applied to imported plants and plant products under the Plant Quarantine Act.

    Administrative Body of the Act The Plant Quarantine Act B.E. 2507 (1952) amended by the Plant Quarantine Act (No. 2) B.E. 2542 (1999) is administered by the Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. The Department of Agriculture has assigned the Plant Quarantine Sub-Division, Agricultural Regulatory Division to carry out various functions authorized by the Act.

    Plant Quarantine Import Requirements Under the Act, the import of plants and plant products is categorized into 3 groups namely prohibited, restricted and unprohibited materials according to their economic importance and prevalence to plant pests and diseases at their place of origin. Following are import requirements of prohibited, restricted and unprohibited materials. Prohibited materials :

    The import of the following items listed in Table 1 is not allowed. Exceptions are permitted only for cases approved in advance by the Department of Agriculture for the purpose of experimentation or research only. (1) Plants and plant products designated by the Ministerial Notification, shipped

    from the areas specify by the Ministerial Notification. (2) Plants, plants pests and diseases and carriers (3) Soil and organic fertilizer

    The requirement for importation of prohibited materials is set as follows: (1) They must be imported via 3 plant quarantine stations namely; Bangkok

    International Airport, Bangkok Maritime Port and Bangkok General Post Office Plant Quarantine Station.

    (2) They must bear phytosanitary certificate issued by the proper government agency of the exporting country.

    (3) Phytosanitary certificate should be declared that the consignment is free from plant quarantine pests and diseases according to conditions prescribed the Director-General of the Department of Agriculture.

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    Restricted materials

    The import of the following items listed in Table 2 is allowed. The requirement for importation of restricted materials is set as follows: (1) They must bear phytosanitary certificate issued by the proper government

    agency of the exporting country. (2) The must be handled according to conditions prescribed by plant quarantine

    officer. (3) Furthermore, importation of restricted materials, particularly, plants intended

    for propagation must be subjected to thoroughly examination. Unprohibited materials

    Plant materials other than those classified as prohibited and restricted materials are unprohibited materials. Permission and a Phytosanitary Certificate are not required for importation. However, the imported unprohibited materials have to be notified for inspection at ports of entry. All materials are subjected to inspection and also put under quarantine treatment or destruction if plant quarantine pests and diseases are found.

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    Table 1. Prohibited Materials No. Plant, Plant pest

    or Carrier Source Exception

    Plant 1 Plant in the genus

    Citrus, Fortunella and Poncirus

    Africa Australia Central America Ceylon Europe India Indonesia Japan Near East Mediterranean Region South America United States of America

    1. Preserved food. 2. Oranges (including navels, valencias,

    mandarins and its hybrids such as tangor), lemons, grapefruit (including pummelo) from Australia which must be handled according to the Department of Agriculture Notification : Conditions for Import of Fresh Citrus Fruit from Australia to Thailand dated 15 June 2004.

    3. Oranges (including navels, tangerines, tangelos, valencias), lemons and grapefruit (including pummelo) from California, USA which must be handled according to specific commodity understanding 1 (SCU 1) : conditions for export of fresh citrus from California, USA to Thailand.

    4. Oranges (including navels, tangerines, tangelos, valencias), grapefruit (including pummelo) and lemon (excluding sour lemon, Citrus limon) from Florida, USA which must be handled according to specific commodity understanding 2 : Conditions for export of fresh citrus fruit from Florida, USA to Thailand.

    5. Oranges (navels, tangerines, tangelos, valencias), lemons, limes, and grapefruit (including pommelo) from Arizona, USA which must be handled according to specific commodity understanding 4 : Conditions for export of fresh citrus fruit from Arizona, USA to Thailand.

    6. Citrus seeds from California, USA, French, Spain, Israel, South Africa and Australia which must be handled according to conditions stipulated by the Director-General of the Department of Agriculture and accompanied by Phytosanitary Certificate.

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    No. Plant, Plant pest Source Exception or Carrier

    2 Coconut (Cocos nucifera)

    Central America East Africa Guam India Philippines South America West Indies West Africa

    1. Preserved food. 2. Finished products of coconut plants

    which have been processed by the method declared by the owner to the Director-General of the Department of Agriculture before the importation and the Director-General of the Department of Agriculture has decided the same are free of plant pests.

    3. Dehusked coconut which must be handled according to conditions stipulated by the Director-General of the Department of Agriculture.

    3 Plants in the genus Gossypium

    Africa Central America Mexico United States of America Venezuela West Indies

    Cotton lint imported for industrial use which must be accompanied by a Phytosanitary Certificate of the country of origin.

    4 Plants in the genus Hevea such as rubber etc. and carrier such as Fresh latex, Cup lump, Scrap.

    Central America South America West Indies

    5 Cassava (Manihot esculenta)

    Africa Brazil Indonesia

    Preserved food Flour Sago

    6 Plants in the genus Oryza

    Central America Ceylon India Japan Philippines Republic of China South America United States of America West Africa West Indies

    1. Preserved food 2. Finished products of plants in the

    genus Oryza spp. Which much be handled according to conditions stipulated by the Director-General of the Department of Agriculture

    3. Rice, broken-milled rice and steamed rice which much be accompanied by Phytosanitary Certificate

    Genetically modified plant

    1

    Plants in the genus Agrostis

    All countries

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    No. Plant, Plant pest Source Exception or Carrier

    2 Actinidia chinensis Planch

    All countries

    3 Allium cepa L. All countries 4 Plants in the genus

    Amelanchier All countries

    5 Ananus comosus (L.) Merr.

    All countries

    6 Apium graveolens var. dulce (Mill.) D.C.

    All countries

    7 Arabidopsis thaliana L.

    All countries

    8 Plants in the genus Arachis

    All countries

    9 Armoracia rusticana P. Gaertner, Meyer & Scherb.

    All countries

    10 Asparagus officinalis Linn.

    All countries

    11 Atropa belladonna L. All countries 12 Avena sativa L. All countries 13 Beta vulgaris L. sub

    sp. vulgaris All countries

    14 Plants in the genus Brassica

    All countries

    15 Plants in the genus Camellia

    All countries

    16 Plants in the genus Capsicum

    All countries

    17 Papaya (Carica papaya L.)

    All countries

    18 Plants in the genus Chrysanthemum

    All countries

    19 Cichorium intybus L. All countries 20 Citrullus lanatus

    (Thumb) Matsun & Nakai

    All countries

    21 Plants in the genus Citrus

    All countries

    22 Cocos nucifera L. All countries 23 Plants in the genus

    Coffea All countries

    24 Plants in the genus Cucumis

    All countries

    25 Plants in the genus Cucurbita

    All countries

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    No. Plant, Plant pest Source Exception or Carrier

    26 Daucus carota L. All countries 27 Plants in the genus

    Dendranthema All countries

    28 Dianthus caryophyllus L.

    All countries

    29 Elaeis guineensis Jacq.

    All countries

    30 Plants in the genus Eucalyptus

    All countries

    31 Plants in the genus Fortunella

    All countries

    32 Plants in the genus Fragaria

    All countries

    33 Plants in the genus Gladiolus

    All countries

    34 Glycine max L. All countries 1. Preserved food 2. Soybean use as raw material to

    produce animal feed or food for human consumption or use for industrial purpose

    35 Plants in the genus Gossypium

    All countries

    36 Plants in the genus Helianthus

    All countries

    37 Plants in the genus Hevea

    All countries

    38 Plants in the genus Hordeum

    All countries

    39 Plants in the genus Ipomoea

    All countries

    40 Plants in the genus Juglans

    All countries

    41 Lactuca sativa L. All countries 42 Lens culinaris

    Medik. All countries

    43 Plants in the genus Linum

    All countries

    44 Liquidambar styraciflua L.

    All countries

    45 Plant in the genus Lupinus

    All countries

    46 Lycopersicon esculentum Miller

    All countries

    47 Plant in the genus Malus

    All countries

    48 Manihot esculenta All count

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