China is the world's largest importer of cassava starch. In recent years, China's demand for cassava products has become increasingly strong. Since 1998, China's imports of cassava starch have maintained a growing momentum. Cassava is a tropical crop that is easy to grow, adapts to various barren land, and has low investment. It has the reputation of “king of starch”. Its versatility, especially cassava roots, high starch content, is widely used in starch industry, alcohol industry, pharmaceutical industry, feed industry and food processing industry. cassava starch production is the second largest use of cassava, and cassava starch can be further processed into modified starch for fructose, glucose, maltose, monosodium glutamate, beer, bread, biscuits, shrimp slices, vermicelli, sauces, and plastic fibers and plastics. Additives for chemical products such as films, resins, coatings, and adhesives.
From the perspective of imports, the import of Chinese cassava starch is mainly from ASEAN countries. Since 2001, cassava starch imported from ASEAN countries accounted for more than 75% of China's total imports. In 2010, the import volume of cassava starch from ASEAN countries reached 99.67% of China's total imports. Among them, Thailand is China's largest importer of cassava starch. In 2010, the import value from Thailand was 268,300 thousand US dollars, accounting for 81.09% of the total import value. The import value of cassava starch imported from Vietnam was 59,664 thousand US dollars, accounting for 18.03 of the total import value. %. With the development of cassava cultivation in Vietnam, Vietnamese cassava starch products exported to the Chinese market are also increasing year by year. Especially after January 1, 2006, Vietnam’s export of cassava starch products to China has begun to enjoy zero tariffs. The cost is lower than that of Thailand. The price of cassava starch products is also cheaper than that of Thailand. However, the quality of Vietnamese cassava starch is not as high as that of Thailand. Therefore, Vietnamese cassava starch products cannot shake the status of Thai cassava starch products in China.