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Singapore Ends Ban on Thai Poultry Imports

24 October 2013

THAILAND - A ban on imports of Thai frozen chicken by Singapore has been lifted.

Further moves are beoing considered to allow the sale of frozen pork from Thailand.

After banning Thai poultry from its market for nine years, Singapore has finally allowed frozen chicken from Thailand back in, reports The Nation of Thailand.

The decision to lift the suspension on Thai chicken imports came after the third meeting under the Singapore-Thailand Enhanced Economic Relationship (Steer) in Singapore last week.

Thai Commerce Minister Niwatthumrong Boonsongpaisan said that this country should enjoy more opportunities to increase shipments to Singapore as the city-state is one of the high-potential markets for chicken and many other products.

Singapore stopped buying frozen and processed chicken from Thailand because of the bird-flu outbreak here.

"Singapore now has high confidence to import frozen chicken from Thailand as it acknowledges our high sanitary standards. It will help facilitate more imports of frozen chicken from Thailand to increase trade," Niwatthumrong said.

Singapore is also considering allowing sale of frozen pork from Thailand, according to The Nation.

Thailand has encouraged Singapore to invest in the pig feeding and processing business in the Kingdom, as it could use Thailand as a hub for production and export to third countries.

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