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Cambodia Post eyes domestic expansion

The Cambodia Post (CP) plans to expand its domestic service by the end of June with an increase to the number of vehicles in its fleet, after revenue rose 10 per cent or about US$1 million in the first quarter of the year, an official told the Post yesterday.

“Revenue from domestic services accounts for only one per cent of total revenue as we rely on foreign revenue. Now, we are trying to diversify our domestic revenue,” said Ork Bora, CP’s general director.

“We’re buying three new vehicles to add to the existing four in order to increase our domestic delivery to some main cities along national roads numbers 4, 5 and 6. We plan to run two times per day,” Ork added.

Ork also said that the increase is in a bid to compete with unlicensed taxis that provide the same service as the CP. “In other countries, a taxi cannot operate a delivery service unless it it licensed.”

Presently, Cambodia has more than 20 licensed delivery companies including DHL, TNT, UPS and U Express.

“It is a bit slow as we just came through the second year of the company’s structural reform. We are changing and preparing our structure as we develop from state-owned to a private enterprise,” he said.

CP has been privatised since January 2011, after which its revenue went up about 60 per cent to $3.75 million in 2011 compared to 2010. Now, CP sends post to 192 countries around the world.

“I do believe we will try our best to serve customers and make them trust us so that sooner or later they will come to use our service because we are licensed.”

To contact the reporter on this story: May Kunmakara at kunmakara.may@phnompenhpost.com

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