The Department of Agriculture said Thai citizens need to seek it’s permission before they cam bring the 5-Jedi herbal powder into the Netherlands.
The advice from the department came as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) advised Thai nationals not to bring 5-Jedi herbal powder into the Netherlands without permission, as it may violate the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) agreement.
According to the ministry’s Protection of Thai Nationals Abroad Division, the Netherlands has strict import regulations particularly on plant and animal products which are protected under the CITES agreement. Those wishing to bring products made of tiger, wild cat, crocodile and water monitor lizard to the country must present a legal document of permission to the Dutch customs officer.
Other forbidden products also include orchids with roots and wooden slingshots.
It then advised that Thai citizens wanting to bring the 5-Jedi herbal powder into the Netherlands, therefore, are required to seek permission first as it contains the by-products of endangered plant species.
For further information, the ministry asked travelers to visit www.douane.nl or a Facebook page ‘Douane Nederland’ or follow the Netherlands Customs on Twitter and Instagram at @doune and douane_nl respectively for more information.
They can also download a mobile application ‘Douane reizen’ where they can submit a photo of a product to the Dutch authority to check whether it can legally be brought into the country.
Director of the Department’s CITES Agreement on Plant Conservation, Ms Duangduen Sripotha said 5-Jedi herbal powder contains “Saussurea lappa” substance which is a byproduct of an endangered plant species under the CITES agreement.
Therefore transportation of the substance out of the country to CITES member countries need to have official permission from the Department of Agriculture first so that the end destination country will permit entry no matter of its quantity, she said.
“They have no exemption if it is found the product has the Saussurea lappa content. They need official permission from CITES in Thailand. They are very strict and carriers will be fined if they have no official permission. Therefore all herbal powders need to be checked and ensured they don’t violate the agreement,” she said.
For the 5-Jedi herbal powder, she said they have sought permission regularly from the department to export to China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
In addition if their Saussurea lappa content ran out of stocks, they also applied for permission to import it from China to produce the herbal powder, she said, adding the company has done everything in accordance with the law.
Commenting on the Eaglewood which was earlier suspected to be a reason for the 5-Jedi herbal powder to be banned by the Dutch authorities, she added that Eaglewood is not a controlled plant under CITES list although it is listed under CITES Appendix 2.
She said at present the Department of Agriculture has already allowed import and export of the wood and now it is not subject to control under CITES agreement.