EU slams Cambodia over ‘rice export mix’

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Cambodian_Rice_containerThe European Union has criticised Cambodia for allegedly exporting a mix of rice that is not totally of Cambodian origin. According to the EU Trade Commissioner, as much as 30 per cent of the 196,000 tonnes of rice exported by Cambodia to EU members in 2013 so far was rice of Vietnam origin mixed with Cambodia rice.

Under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade relaxations allowed to Least Developed Countries, the EU does not levy any import tariff on rice from Cambodia (or Myanmar since summer 2013). However, this is being exploited by traders from Cambodia to export rice from neighbouring Vietnam where prices are usually low, the EU alleges.

The Commissioner has warned that Cambodia could lose EBA benefits if the government fails to control the quality of rice exported to the EU members.

The Alliance of Rice Producers and Exporters of Cambodia has now proposed a “Code of Conduct” for rice exporters of the country to prevent contamination of rice from other origins in rice exports to EU member countries.

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The European Union has criticised Cambodia for allegedly exporting a mix of rice that is not totally of Cambodian origin. According to the EU Trade Commissioner, as much as 30 per cent of the 196,000 tonnes of rice exported by Cambodia to EU members in 2013 so far was rice of Vietnam origin mixed with Cambodia rice.

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Cambodian_Rice_containerThe European Union has criticised Cambodia for allegedly exporting a mix of rice that is not totally of Cambodian origin. According to the EU Trade Commissioner, as much as 30 per cent of the 196,000 tonnes of rice exported by Cambodia to EU members in 2013 so far was rice of Vietnam origin mixed with Cambodia rice.

Under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade relaxations allowed to Least Developed Countries, the EU does not levy any import tariff on rice from Cambodia (or Myanmar since summer 2013). However, this is being exploited by traders from Cambodia to export rice from neighbouring Vietnam where prices are usually low, the EU alleges.

The Commissioner has warned that Cambodia could lose EBA benefits if the government fails to control the quality of rice exported to the EU members.

The Alliance of Rice Producers and Exporters of Cambodia has now proposed a “Code of Conduct” for rice exporters of the country to prevent contamination of rice from other origins in rice exports to EU member countries.

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