Cambodia and Vietnam resume vegetable trade

On April 21, Cambodia and Vietnam resumed cross-border vegetable trade after the Vietnamese side rescinded a ban on Cambodian imports it had imposed two days earlier. This comes as Cambodian vegetable supply chains faces transportation and distribution problems amid a lockdown in Phnom Penh and neighboring Takhmao town imposed by the government to stave off the spread of the coronavirus.

Se Chhun Try, director of the Chrey Thom International Border checkpoint in Kandal province, said Vietnam introduced the ban on April 19 in the wake of the temporary closures of Doeum Kor and nearby Neak Meas markets after vendors there contracted Covid-19.

The borders "are now open again to imports, and today [April 21] the Vietnamese side let us know as such on Tuesday afternoon. I’ve already reported this to the provincial governor", he told phnompenhpost.com.

A daily average of 20 tons of assorted vegetables enter the Kingdom through Chrey Thom, according to Chhun Try. "Vegetables imported from Vietnam are sold wholesale to Cambodians who make their way to the border every morning to distribute on the domestic market," he said.


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