Cambodian exporters instructed to take note of new UK agri import rules

Cambodia’s General Directorate of Agriculture has instructed exporters wishing to export agricultural products to the UK to be mindful of the new procedures and requirements in place, after the transition period following Britain’s departure from the EU expired on December 31.

The UK government has since committed to increase access to UK markets for developing countries, as Cambodian agricultural products gain more support and market share. The directorate issued a letter on May 28 detailing a number of the changes, citing a notice from the UK embassy in Phnom Penh entitled “Update on UK departure from European Union [EU]: changes to imports of plants and plant products from 1 January 2021”.

The letter explains how plants and plant products – including seeds for cultivation – from non-EU countries to England, Wales and Scotland require phytosanitary certification for each consignment from the exporting country. Northern Ireland will use the same procedures as before January 1.

Trade between Cambodia and the UK totalled $877.54 million last year, down by 17 per cent year-on-year from $1.05728 billion, according to the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce. The nation exported $826.16 million worth of merchandise, down by 15.48 per cent year-on-year and imported $51.38 million, down by 35.6 per cent.


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