Minister of Commerce Cham Prasidh has gone to the United States to ask for duty-free
access to US markets, seen as crucial for the health of Cambodia's garment industry.
The US imposes a tariff on Cambodian garment exports of 17 to 20 percent. A bill
is before Congress to extend to 15 least-developed countries the duty-free already
approved for Africa.
Cambodia had high operating costs, and duty-free access would help it to compete
with other exporters such as China and Vietnam, Commerce Secretary of State Mao Thura
is reported to have said.