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Ministry drafts law to revamp Cambodia’s postal sector

Ministry drafts law to revamp Cambodia’s postal sector

The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications is reviewing and revising a draft law on the postal sector to bring package delivery in line with economic and technological developments.

The law is expected to be finalised before the end of the year.

Ministry undersecretary of state and working group leader Huot Chanyareth told The Post the ministry is updating the 20-year-old postal law to meet the needs of regulators, operators and customers.

“In line with the government’s economic development strategy from 2002 until now, things have changed a lot, especially in terms of the economy, people’s livelihoods and technology,” he said.

Chanyareth said the postal law was enacted at a time when the State was in control of all postal businesses before a revised regulation of the service in 2011 was issued and the establishment of Post Cambodia, which is the only State-run carrier.

When the new law comes into force, he said, all courier services will be subject to regulation.

“All delivery services, including those of online products, will be subject to this law,” he said.

The three major benefits of the law are the State can ensure effective control for licensed companies and tax revenue, while service providers and recipients will gain mutual trust, he said.

There are currently more than 40 postal service providers licensed by the ministry, including DHL, ZTO and Kerry Express Cambodia, while others have not registered with the ministry but are operating every day, Chanyareth said.

The original Law on Posts passed in 2002 applies to postal services, express delivery services, postal remittance services, delivery services via telecommunication images and postal services upon request. Delivery of goods is done by land, sea and air.

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