Cassava Is An Important Economic Crop
Cassava is an important economic crop in Thailand. Due to sluggish domestic demand, the country has turned to become the world's leading exporter of cassava products.
In Cambodia, cassava meal after the second most important crop, root starch production also for foreign markets, primarily in Thailand, China and Vietnam. Since the Cambodian peasants lack their own treatment facilities, it must sell dried cassava chips and flour to these markets, where it is processed into food, textiles and paper products.
According to Commerce Department data, exports to Cambodia in the first 10 months of 2015, an estimated value of $ 20 million of 106 million tons of cassava.
However, Thai traders have long relied on the Cambodian farmers, at least a portion of their export crops. Thai authorities have been using the traditional labor-intensive duties as a valve regulating the flow of Cambodian tapioca, maintaining higher prices for their farmers.
ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), launched late last year, it stands to change this dynamic. Fully integrated 10 ASEAN member countries new classification envisaged economic blocs, capital, goods and free movement of labor. Member Governments commitment to cancel the majority of products in the region transactions, including cassava tariff.
However, according to Yin, the Thai authorities have been replaced with aims to cut its transportation costs discourage curb cross-border trade in Cambodia cassava flow NTBs raft tariffs. In recent months, the Thai border officials on the implementation of cassava truck weight limit conspicuous enthusiasm.