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In Brief: Tobacco exports fall

In Brief: Tobacco exports fall

CAMBODIA'S main tobacco exporter, British American Tobacco (BAT), said its exports dropped significantly in 2008. The company exported just 1,000 tonnes of dried tobacco last year to Vietnam, chairman of BAT's Cambodia branch, Kong Triv, told the Post on Monday. In previous years, the company has exported about 1,500 tonnes annually to Sri Lanka, Australia and Singapore, along with Vietnam, he added. "But due to high freight expenses ... [BAT in 2008] exported only to Vietnam because of high demand at a suitable price," Kong Triv said. Dried tobacco is now US$1,300 a tonne.

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