Veng Sakhon, the Minister of Agriculture in Cambodia, announced on the 27th of August, that Cambodia has achieved progress in the negotiations with China for Cambodian longan export to the Chinese market.
Cambodia had already obtained permission to export bananas and mangoes to China, and now the country is allowed to also export fresh longan to China. This year was an excellent year for longan farmers. The harvest was abundant but the size of the production volume, around 50,000 tons, made sales difficult. The Minister of Agriculture and the Minister of Foreign Affairs jointly sent a letter to the Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi. The Cambodian ministers hoped that Wang Yi would provide assistance and allow the export of fresh Cambodian longan to China.
The Cambodian Minister of Agriculture had already provided China with a technical document and a request to show a risk assessment of harmful elements in Cambodian longan back in June of 2019. To speed up the procedure during this pandemic, the minister then sent a second letter via the Cambodian minister of foreign affairs to his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in the hope that the General Administration of Customs China (GACC) would be able to help.
Minister Veng Sakhon announced that the GACC replied via the Cambodian ambassador in China. The GACC provided a list of 8 harmful elements and requested a new investigative report from the Cambodian side that outlines the preventative measures for these 8 harmful elements. The Chinese side promised to continue the evaluation procedure when the Cambodian minister provides this investigative report. The Chinese side also expressed hope that relations between China and Cambodia would grow stronger, and that Cambodia can meet the quarantine and inspection requirements, so that fresh Cambodian longan can enter the Chinese market.
The longan variety Cambodia hopes to export to China is the Pailin longan, which primarily grows in Pailin and Battambang. The overall surface area devoted to the plantation of this longan is around 14,500 hectares and the annual production volume is 200,000 tons. When Cambodia receives permission to export longan to the Chinese market, they hope to reach an annual export value of more than 200 million USD.