With the countries aiming to achieve $6 billion in bilateral trade by 2020, China on Tuesday said Cambodia’s low sanitary and phytosanitary standards stand in the way of achieving their mutual trade goals, particularly when it comes to agricultural goods.
The comment was made during the fifth meeting of the China-Cambodia Trade and Economic Joint Committee on Tuesday, which brought together the Cambodian Minister of Commerce, Pan Sorasak, and Gao Yan, China’s Commerce Vice Minister, at the Sokha Hotel in Phnom Penh, according to a statement released on Wednesday by the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce.
The meeting is organised on a yearly basis to monitor the results of trade cooperation between the two nations.
“Both sides highlighted that significant progress has been made in trade; however, sanitation and hygiene standards continue to be a technical barrier for the diversification of Cambodia’s agricultural exports to the Chinese market, including fruits and other crops,” the statement said.
The statement went on to say that: “China will consider increasing purchases of additional products from Cambodia, including rice, to improve the trade balance between the two nations.”
Trade between Cambodia and China reached $5.8 billion last year, an increase of 21.8 percent year-on-year.