Cambodian authorities have revealed plans to establish a working group in collaboration with China to check sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures for Cambodian goods bound to the Chinese market.
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The envisioned working group will be made up of representatives of Cambodia’s Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Agriculture who will cooperate with officials from China’s Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSRQ) to monitor Cambodian products intended for the Chinese market, said Long Kem Vichet, spokesman at the Ministry of Commerce.
The group is the result of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on “Cooperation in Quality Products” signed between Cambodia and China on January 11 during Chinese premier Li Keqiang’s official visit to the kingdom.
“Checking the quality of products will facilitate the process of exporting goods to China,” said Mr Vichet. “The Chinese government is very concerned about SPS, and requires all imports to meet international standards,” Mr Vichet said.
Hean Vanhan, director-general of the general directorate of agriculture, said the new working group comes as a direct result of a stricter governmental stance towards SPS.
“We are prioritising the monitoring of sanitary and phitosanitary standards because, after tariffs, they are the biggest barriers we face to expand our exports,” he said.
“We are working closely with China to make it easier for Cambodia products to meet Chinese strict SPS requirements.”
Keo Mom, CEO of Ly Ly Food Industry, a local company that exports to China and other international markets, welcomed the move.
“It is good news for the sector. Up until now, each company conducted their own tests and found it difficult to pass Chinese SPS tests. Now I believe things will change.”