The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications says it has terminated the licences of six international express mail service (EMS) companies.
The ministry stripped Awg Trucking Service Co Ltd and Mygo (Cambodia) Co Ltd of their EMS licences for failure to renew them on time, it said in a letter issued last week.
ZhongWai Tong Express Logistic Co Ltd, Air Express Worldwide Inc, SJ Shipping Co Ltd and Angkor E-Booking Co Ltd, on the other hand, applied for termination, it noted.
“The ministry recommends that the above operators be held accountable to their employees, customers and third parties in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in the event of a dispute over the revocation of these licences,” the ministry said.
It ordered all postal operators to strictly abide by sectoral laws and related regulations, warning that failure to fully comply with the law or the terms of their EMS licence could result in its suspension or revocation, as has been the case in the past.
Aladdin Express Co Ltd chairman and Angkor E-Booking co-founder Heng Borin said the electronic booking company was established as a complement to the carrier, but the performance of the EMS business had been rather lacklustre due to Covid-19.
Wanting to focus more attention on improving the services provided by Aladdin Express, which had been gaining stronger traction in the fields of transportation and express delivery, Borin said Angkor E-Booking was compelled to ask the ministry to revoke its EMS licence.
“On behalf of this law-abiding company, we have asked the ministry to revoke the licence of Angkor E-Booking Co Ltd, seeing as we do not use it anymore,” he said.
He stressed that the EMS industry had escaped the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic, but pointed out that more lucrative opportunities lie elsewhere, such as inter-provincial transportation.
Logistics Business Association president Chea Chandara told The Post that the international EMS community had sustained significant damage as a result of the ongoing health crisis, as the bulk of cargo is delivered by air.
The reduction of domestic and international flights further threw a wrench into the industry, but provided a welcome windfall for the land and waterway transport sectors, he noted.
“The spread of Covid-19 has led to a sharp drop in international express mail services – the delivery of goods to their destinations just can’t be as fast as they once were,” Chandara said.