FDA registration in Thailand. How to import Food in Thailand?

This time, let’s take a look at how to register an FDA to import food products into Thailand.

To import food products into Thailand, you will need to have a registration certificate from Thailand FDA (Food and Drug Administration).

Not all edible food products are allowed to be imported.

Without an import permit being issued based on the Food Law of Thailand, we cannot import the food product to Thailand,

even if this food product is eaten in Japan or other foreign countries.

Our company has experience with import customs clearance for fresh fish, vegetable, fruits, processed food, beverage and alcohol and each product is registered with the FDA.

This example is based on our company’s FDA registration experience.

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Please note that depending on the FDA registration officer, you may be asked to submit different documents.

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Important issue of Thai FDA registration

The most important thing to note is that it is time consuming if you are going to make all the FDA registration arrangements.

It is also time consuming to visit the FDA location and to maintain the relationship with the FDA registration officer.

It is quicker and is stress free to request an agency who is experienced with FDA application to complete the registration on your behalf.

This will allow you to focus on the main purpose of importing food products, the promotional activity and sales.

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For reference, please see the article about import registration of alcohol and liquor.

Required Documents are not the same

There are a variety of types of food products. Some of these products contain ingredients which are prohibited in Thailand, such as products for babies and infants.

To control food product distribution management safely, each product has a specific document required to register with the FDA.

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I will write the basic necessary documents and Additional documents

If you have a good relationship with the FDA registration officer, they may not require additional documents.

Thai FDA registration process


Now, let’s take a look at the essential processes required by the FDA to allow you to import food products into Thailand.

1. Obtain a cargo import license
2. Obtain a food import license
3. Register the category on the FDA
4. Register the product on the FDA

Let’s take a look at each process.

1. Cargo Import License

These basic rules must be followed when you intend to import cargo into Thailand.
You require an import license.

You need to register as a business- not individual.

If your company has never imported before, you need to obtain an import license, or ask an import agency to import on your behalf.



2. Food Import License

A cargo import license does not allow you to import food or any products. You need a specific license to import food products as well.

To register for the license, you will need the following;

・ Company Registration (within 6 months)
・ Passport of the representative
・ List of the company shareholders
・ Work permit
・ Documents to prove the registered residence
Map or drawing of the warehouse where the imported cargo will be stored
・ Permit to use the warehouse
・ Map of the surrounding area of the food management storage
・ Company stamp

It takes about 2 weeks for the application to complete once all the documents are submitted.

Need to arrange Warehouse

To apply for an FDA, you need to prepare the warehouse to store food products.Even if you are importing directly to the delivery address

you are required to provide the warehouse information to register.

Depending on the type of the food products, you may be required to have refrigeration and cold storage warehouse.

If do not operate a large scale of the business, warehouse requirements may become a hurdle.

Our company has experience to facilitate such concerns, so please feel free to ask for advice.

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This hurdle is surprisingly high.

3. FDA Category Registration

Once you have obtained a food import license, you will need to apply for specific categories, depending on the product you intend to import.

If you can inform us of the product category such as vegetable, fruits, meat, beverage, processed food etc, we will let you know which category you need to register with.

For example, if you are registering under the “processed food” category, you can import the following food products;
・ Packed miso soup
・ Tinned mackerel
・ Jar of olives

You cannot import the following food products;
・ Cabbage
・ Beef
・ Salmon


No documents are required for this category.


It takes about a week until completion of the application.

4. FDA Product Registration

Once you register the category, you finally need to register which product you will be importing.

Depending on the product category, you will need to prepare specific documents.

For example, for processed food, the following documents will be required.

For processed products

1. Name of the product
2. Picture of the product
3. Label of the product
5. Analysis of component
6. Manufacturing process
7. Sample of the product

Normally, these documents are required, however, depending on the registration officer, you may be required to submit different documents.


Application will take about 1-2 weeks to complete once all documents are submitted.


I have experience of processing many food products of FDA registrations.

From my experience, I can tell you that unless you are used to registering Thailand FDA, it takes a quite bit of work.

In Thailand, Japanese food is very popular and there are many companies expanding their businesses to include Thailand.

If you would like to know who and how these businesses ask for help with Thailand FDA registration, please feel free to contact us.