Phnom Penh (FN), Feb. 6 – China has become the major Cambodian rice importer for the last three consecutive years from 2015-2017, according to the Statistics of the Secretariat of One Window Service for Rice Export Formality.

China has taken the position of France, former largest importer of Cambodian rice for three consecutive years, 2012-2014.

Hean Vanhan, Director General of General Department of Agriculture, said that China imported more than 110,000 tons of rice from Cambodia in 2015, 130,000 tons in 2016, and approximately 200,000 tons in 2017 respectively, while France imported nearly 50,000 tons of rice from Cambodia in 2012, approximately 60,000 tons in 2013 and more than 70,000 tons in 2014.

China was the top first destination of Cambodia’s rice export in 2017, followed by France, Poland, Malaysia, Bangladesh, the Netherlands, UK, Gabon, Belgium, and Czech Republic.

In 2016, China pledged to import 100,000 tons of rice from Cambodia, but the quota reached 200,000 tons in 2017. However, from 2018, China pledges to buy up to 300,000 tons, according to Minister of Commerce Pan Sorasak.