Japan has become the first nation to receive permission from Thailand to export pork to its consumers.
Japan’s agriculture ministry announced the move on Friday.
The two governments agreed to begin the trade in late July.
The change means Thai shoppers may find Japanese pork in stores by the end of this year.
Not all pork produced in Japan will be eligible for the exports. Shipments must be from stock processed by facilities certified by the Japanese health ministry.
And pig meat from areas where swine fever has broken out will be excluded from the exports.