Lack of adequate SPS infrastructure and a recognized national standards body in the country is one of the primary causes of difficulties faced by Cambodian exporters, according to ITC’s new country study on non-tariff measures. A survey of 502 exporters and importers in Cambodia finds 69% of the enterprises to be facing difficulties with trade-related regulations. It also highlights hindrances such as inefficiencies and corruption in public agencies to be affecting trade, leading to long delays and high trade cost. The study suggests streamlining procedures in public agencies and customs, developing proper standards infrastructure, and improving information transparency to be crucial for Cambodian enterprises to overcome these hindrances and for Cambodia to maximize the benefits of the growing ASEAN integration.
Publication Date: 23 Oct. 2014