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Delegation fails to get duty-free access to US
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Nov '09
A Cambodian delegation which included the Commerce Minister, members of Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) and union leaders have returned empty handed after failing to receive assurances from the US administration to provide duty free status to apparel exports from Cambodia.

According to Ken Loo, Secretary General of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC), “We have not reached an agreement and it is not easy to make progress with so much foreign competition.”

It may recalled that textile trade unions from 29 different countries which export textiles and apparels to the US, had written a letter to the Ways and Means Committee, to not extend Cambodia, the duty free status it was looking for, when the delegation was in the US lobbying to get free access to the US markets.

The delegation, led by Commerce Minister Cham Prasidh, had planned to use the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Bilateral Textile Agreement between the two countries as leverage.

GMAC has long been pushing for duty-free access to the key US market, which accounts for around 70 percent of total clothing exports and was depending on the 'Trade Act of 2009' bill presented before the Congress, which extends duty-free access to 14 least developed countries, including Cambodia.

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