The Sihanoukville port in 2014. (kinnla/Flickr)

Four Sihanoukville SEZ Firms Linked to Transshipment in 2020

Four factories in the Sihanoukville SEZ were last year put under investigation for or found to be falsely shipping Chinese plywood, cabinets and pipe fittings to the U.S. as if they were Cambodian-made, according to U.S. Customs documents.

Sihanoukville port. (Heng Vichet/VOD)

US Customs Says Svay Rieng Factory Transshipped Chinese Pipes

A factory in an industrial park in Svay Rieng province shipped China-made pipes to the U.S. as Cambodia-made to evade duties, U.S. Customs said this week, with investigators finding production machinery “unused, dry, and covered in spider webs.”

Farmers in Kandal province’s Koh Thom district harvest rice in February 2019. (Heng Vichet/VOD)

China Deal Seen as Potential Boost for Investment, Political Standing

Cambodia and China on Monday signed a long-awaited free trade deal, as industry observers said it could be a boon for agricultural investment and seen as a major policy achievement, while others spoke of the need for wider reforms to make Cambodian exports competitive.