Kampot-Kep salt to be exported for the first time by the end of the year

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[INNEWS Comprehensive Report] Recently, Bun Narin, chairman of the Kampot Kep Salt Industry Association in Cambodia, announced that Cambodia will launch three types of Kampot-Kep salt that enjoy the honor of “Geographical Indication (GI)” to the international market for the first time by the end of 2023.

After strict environmental, hygiene and packaging requirements, these three table salt products have been officially registered by the Cambodian government through the Ministry of Commerce of Cambodia. In order to ensure that the quality and packaging of the salt meet international standards, the working group of the association has put in a lot of effort, including monitoring the planting procedures, environmental preparation, sanitation and other aspects of the salt fields. In the first step, about 20 tons of table salt, including coarse salt, fine salt and refined salt, will be exported to the Czech Republic. At the same time, red, pink and leaf salt will also be tested in the US market. The association expects that Cambodian GI salt will be able to be exported to France, Japan, Switzerland and the UK in the next few years.

However, because GI salt products have extremely high requirements on the environment and sanitation, their prices are relatively high. At present, the association has only received 5 applications from more than 100 salt producers for export, one of which is a salt processing enterprise with an average annual processing and packaging capacity of 5,000 tons.

However, it is expected that more salt producers and processing and packaging companies will apply to join in the future, enabling Cambodia to produce about 20,000 tons of GI salt per year, which can not only meet domestic demand, but also export in large quantities.

This new export plan not only helps to increase the popularity of Cambodia’s salt industry, but also brings new development opportunities for local salt farmers and processing enterprises.