Cambodia’s new export hit: Sand

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pixsandDemand for sand in India by builders and property developers has made sand from Cambodia a new import commodity. Builders are expected to depend on imported sand to meet the growing demand and the port of Kochi on India’s west coast sees it as an opportunity to enhance its cargo throughput.

A Chennai-based company recently started importing sand from Cambodia to cater to the markets in South India. Several sand distributing agencies also evinced interest in the project, especially after the Kerala High Court eased norms on imported sand. The Kochi port is now toying with the idea of setting up an exclusive sand terminal, which will be the first in South India.

At present, the annual consumption of sand in India is estimated at 30 billion tonnes. This is expected to go up substantially once the demand in the housing sector revives. A first consignment of 32,000 tonnes of sand from Cambodia recently reached the port, which is worth $1.5 million.

According to the port official, sand distributing agents in Kerala and Tamil Nadu are also eyeing sand imports from the UAE and Myanmar on a large scale through the port.

However, imported sand to India is subject to quarantine measures, as it can cause ecological impacts as they could contain microorganisms or other biological materials.

Furthermore, Cambodia has imposed a ban on dredged sand in what was deemed an effort to protect aquatic biodiversity, but the ban excludes areas where sand is obstructing waterways. The sand delivered to India comes from Cambodia’s Koh Kong river.

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Demand for sand in India by builders and property developers has made sand from Cambodia a new import commodity. Builders are expected to depend on imported sand to meet the growing demand and the port of Kochi on India’s west coast sees it as an opportunity to enhance its cargo throughput.

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pixsandDemand for sand in India by builders and property developers has made sand from Cambodia a new import commodity. Builders are expected to depend on imported sand to meet the growing demand and the port of Kochi on India’s west coast sees it as an opportunity to enhance its cargo throughput.

A Chennai-based company recently started importing sand from Cambodia to cater to the markets in South India. Several sand distributing agencies also evinced interest in the project, especially after the Kerala High Court eased norms on imported sand. The Kochi port is now toying with the idea of setting up an exclusive sand terminal, which will be the first in South India.

At present, the annual consumption of sand in India is estimated at 30 billion tonnes. This is expected to go up substantially once the demand in the housing sector revives. A first consignment of 32,000 tonnes of sand from Cambodia recently reached the port, which is worth $1.5 million.

According to the port official, sand distributing agents in Kerala and Tamil Nadu are also eyeing sand imports from the UAE and Myanmar on a large scale through the port.

However, imported sand to India is subject to quarantine measures, as it can cause ecological impacts as they could contain microorganisms or other biological materials.

Furthermore, Cambodia has imposed a ban on dredged sand in what was deemed an effort to protect aquatic biodiversity, but the ban excludes areas where sand is obstructing waterways. The sand delivered to India comes from Cambodia’s Koh Kong river.

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