DITP: Thai chicken export to Japan to top 500,000 tons this year

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ANGKOK, 25 January 2014 The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) is confident Thailand’s export of frozen chicken to Japan will top 500,000 tons this year, thanks to Japan’s decision to lift its ban on Thai chicken late last year.

Nuntawan Sakuntanaga, Director General of the DITP, revealed after the Japan–Thailand Economic Partnership Agreement (JTEPA) meeting that both countries expected to see an increase of 5 percent in their two-way trade, especially in textile and poultry industries.

She said the Japanese side was targeting to import 500,000 tons of chicken products from Thailand, 300,000 tons of which would be fresh frozen chicken and the rest processed chicken; valued at 70-80 billion baht in total.

As for textile products, the industry is aiming for a 9 percent export growth, believing that there will be a continuous rise in demands from Europe, Japan, and the US., added Miss Nuntawan.