Thailand – NZ SPS Joint Management Committee Meeting, Wellington, NZ

14 February 2017 Office of Agricultural Affairs participated in the 6th Thailand – New Zealand SPS Joint Management Committee Meeting at Novotel Hotel, Wellington. The Thai delegation, led by Mr. Sanchai Tantraporn, Advisor to National Bureau of Agricultural Commodities and Food Standards (ACFS), was consisted of officials from ACFS, Department of Livestock Development, Department of Agriculture, Department of Fisheries and Food and Drug Administration (Thai FDA). The New Zealand Delegation was consisted of representatives from Ministry of Primary Industries. The meeting was aimed at opening up mutual market access. As a result, Thailand will be permitted to export cooked duck meat and products very soon pending finalizing certificates contents. Catfish from Thailand, Pangasius spp., is expected to commence trade by the end of 2017 once export plan and health certificate details have been finalized. Other Thai agriculture commodities under negotiation were asparagus, baby corn and green peas. New Zealand was seeking to initiate market access on stone fruits (plums, peaches and nectarines) as well as live cattle and horses. Certifications for animal products, live animals and germplasm were discussed during the meeting. Several technical cooperation in the areas of New Zealand’s expertise such as dairy cattle and feed production were proposed by Thailand and being considered by New Zealand. The next meeting will be held in Thailand in the 3rd quarter of 2018.

On 15 February 2017 The Thai Delegation visited T&G, one of the largest importers and distributors of fresh produces in Wellington. The company imported fresh ginger from Thailand. T&G has excellent traceability system which can trace the produces back to the growing farms. All farms supplying fresh produced to the company must be NZGAP certified.

The Thai delegation also had an opportunity to pay a courtesy call to H.E. Ambassador of Thailand to New Zealand, Mr. Maris Sagniampongsa at the Royal Thai Embassy in Wellington.