October 10, 2009


Thailand feed group to sue government over soymeal imports delay



The Thai Feed Mill Association has threatened to sue the Commerce Ministry in the delay in importing soymeal, The Nation reports.


The ministry is obliged to call a meeting of the Food Policy Committee to allocate an import quota for soymeal three months in advance of the new year.


Pornsilp Patcharintanakul, president of the association, said Wednesday (Oct 7) that the body and related organisations had written many times to the ministry, Deputy Prime Minister Korbsak Sabhavasu, Commerce Minister Porntiva Nakasai and the Internal Trade Department calling for the government to set up a meeting.


However, their pleas have been ignored, and they were unable to import raw materials.


As a result of this neglect, which has caused huge losses for the feed milling sector, the association is considering filing a case with the Central Administrative Court, said Pornsilp.


Many feed mill companies are waiting for the Food Policy Committee to set a clear quota allocation and issue import certification. About 200,000 tonnes of soymeal are waiting to be imported into Thailand.


The government's delay in issuing import regulations causes difficulties, as the sector has to import large amounts of raw materials for stocking every year, Pornsilp said.


He added that importers must lodge about THB3 million (US$90,000) a month as a bank guarantee if the government delayed approval of import certification.

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