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Did Cambodia export $2.6 million worth of sand to India?

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Staff Writer | January 2, 2017
Cambodia exported more than 108,000 tonnes of sand to India in 36 separate shipments between 2013 and 2015.
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Contradiction   The latest data discrepancy in Cambodia
This is according to Indian customs data, contradicting Cambodian customs data that show no sand being sent there at all, Alex Willemyns and Mech Dara write for The Phnom Penh Post.

The latest data discrepancy come as the Ministry of Mines has struggled to explain why Singapore recorded sand imports of almost 70 million tonnes from Cambodia between 2007 and 2015 for which Cambodia has no record.

The large-scale disparities have led to concerns from environmentalists that some people are growing wealthy by illegally exporting Cambodian sand, while destroying aquatic habitats and causing severe erosion of land that has already led to houses collapsing.

The new Indian customs data, which were obtained by environmental group Mother Nature, records 36 shipments of sand from Cambodia from 2013 to 2015, along with dates of arrival. A total of 108,658 tonnes of sand worth $2.6 million arrived, it says.

In contrast, customs data from Cambodia’s Commerce Ministry record exports of sand going to just five countries: Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam and South Korea. A total of 455,000 tonnes – worth $2.47 million – was exported to those places, it says.

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