The Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia, Wang Wentian, has stated that China may now add longan fruit to the list of agricultural products it accepts from that nation. In spite of a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) that comes into force on January 1 next year, China restricts the direct import of many Cambodian agricultural products due to health concerns.
Cambodia has listed around 340 more commodities for export to China under the FTA, bringing the total to over 10,000. It needs to improve sanitary and phytosanitary facilities at its processing plants to meet strict Chinese regulations. Phytosanitary treatment removes pests from crops or renders them inactive.
Wang says if results are satisfactory, longan imports could start as soon as the next harvest season. Currently, most longans are exported to Thailand, which then sells them on to China. China banned longan from Thailand on August 13 because some were contaminated with mealybugs.
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