Singapore has ended its nine-year ban on frozen and processed chicken from Thailand. The decision to lift the ban on Thai chicken imports came after a series of meetings under the Singapore-Thailand Enhanced Economic Relationship, which were held in mid-October.

The ban was initially enacted in 2004 because of an outbreak of avian influenza in Thailand.

On October 22, Thai Commerce Minister Niwatthumrong Boonsongpaisan said that Thailand 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, according to news reports.

"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," the commerce minister said.