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PHNOM PENH-- Cambodia had exported 157,793 tons of milled rice to China during the first nine months of 2019, up 44 percent over the same period last year, said an official report on Thursday.
China remained the top buyer of Cambodian rice during the January-September period this year, said the report of the Secretariat of One Window Service for Rice Export.
The export to China accounted for 39.6 percent of the country's total rice export, it said.
Meanwhile, the Southeast Asian nation shipped 135,475 tons of rice to the European market, down 30 percent, said the report, adding that the European Union (EU)'s market share for Cambodian rice had declined to 34 percent from 49.7 percent.
The slump in the export to the European market came after the EU imposed earlier this year duties for three years on rice importing from Cambodia in a bid to curb a surge in rice imports from the country and to protect European producers.
According to the report, Cambodia exported a total of 398,586 tons of rice to 53 countries and regions across the globe during the first nine months of this year, up 2.3 percent over the same period last year.