In the first nine months of the year, Cambodia exported more than 27,316 tonnes of pepper, up nearly 563% from the same period last year, according to the Agriculture Ministry.
This amount of pepper has been exported to more than 20 destinations around the world, including Vietnam, Germany, Thailand, India, France, Belgium, Taiwan, Poland, the Czech Republic, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Singapore, the USA, Switzerland, Sweden, the UK, Australia, Canada, Kazakhstan, and the United Arab Emirates.
According to statistics, Vietnam is the prominent buyer of Cambodian pepper with total of 26,686 tonnes, followed by Germany with 314 tonnes, Thailand with 180 tonnes, France with 31 tonnes, and Belgium with nearly 16 tonnes.
Pepper is grown in many areas in Cambodia, including Kampong Cham, Tboung Khmum, Kampot and Kep provinces. Kampot pepper is the most well-known and fetches a high price.
It was granted a geographical indication (GI) from the EU in 2016 and from the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2010.
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