Cambodia exports nearly 133,000 tonnes of rice to China hinh anh 1A man stacks sacks of rice at a warehouse in Phnom Penh (Source:

Hanoi (VNA) - Cambodia exported almost 133,000 tonnes of rice to China in the first eight months of 2019, a year-on-year rise of 54 percent, official data showed.

China remained the biggest buyer of Cambodian rice in the January-August period, accounting for 39 percent of the country's total rice export, according to the Cambodian Secretariat of One Window Service for Rice Export Formality.

Meanwhile, Cambodia shipped more than 120,000 tonnes of rice to the European market, down 47 percent. The European Union (EU)'s market share for Cambodian rice had declined to 35 percent from 52 percent.

Cambodia’s rice exports to the European market have decreased after the EU earlier this year imposed duties for three years on rice imports from Cambodia in a bid to curb a surge in rice imports from the country and to protect European producers.

Cambodia exported over 342,000 tonnes of rice to 51 countries and territories in the first eight months of 2019, up only 0.1 percent over the same period last year.-VNA