On May 19, the General Administration of Customs in China issued an announcement that according to relevant Chinese laws and regulations and the Protocol between the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of the Kingdom of Cambodia on Phytosanitary Requirements for Cambodian Fresh Longan Exported to China, it is permitted to import fresh longan that complies with the regulations and relevant requirements from Cambodia from now on.
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Phytosanitary requirements for Cambodian fresh longan exported to China include:
Fresh longan orchards and packaging plants that intend to export to China should be reviewed and filed with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of the Kingdom of Cambodia (hereinafter referred to as MAFF), and approved and registered jointly by the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China (hereinafter referred to as GACC) and MAFF. Registration information should include name, address, and registration number. The registration list should be provided by MAFF to GACC before the export season every year and published on the official website after being reviewed and approved by GACC.
List of quarantine pests of concern to China:
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In addition, the protocol also makes detailed regulations on orchard management, packaging plant management, packaging requirements, pre-export quarantine inspection, quarantine certificates, entry quarantine inspection, and treatment of non-compliance.
Cambodian longan is mainly grown in parts of Pailin, Battambang, and Preah Vihear provinces. After the first batch of Cambodian fresh mangoes arrived in China in May 2021, the Kingdom of Cambodia officially proposed using Pailin longan as the next batch of fruits to be exported to China so that Beijing could determine the import qualification.
The total planting area of longan in Cambodia has reached 14,500 hectares, with an annual output of 200,000 tons. After being approved to export to China, the annual export value will reach 200 million US dollars.