The Bangkok Post reports that Thailand has requested France’s assistance in resuming Thai frozen chicken exports to the European Union. Europe has barred the imports for five years because of avian influenza, but Thailand has not had a case of the disease since November 2008, according to Thai officials.

Currently, the European Union allows only imports of cooked poultry from Thailand, which met its import quota of 160,033 tonnes of processed chicken last year. Thailand’s total poultry exports were valued at ฿62.11B in 2008, according to the country’s Commerce Ministry.

Porntiva Nakasai , Thailand’s Commerce Minister, requested France’s assistance on Dec. 14 while meeting with Anne-Marie Idrac, the minister of state for foreign trade of France, reports the Bangkok Post.

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