Brands urge EU to delay withdrawal of Cambodia trade benefits

Europe’s major clothing retailers and brands have called upon the EU Commission to consider delaying the withdrawal of the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade benefits received by Cambodia, as they feel the impact of the coronavirus outbreak throughout their clothing supply chains.

In a letter to European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, the European Branded Clothing Alliance (EBCA) said the pandemic has created “unprecedented” challenges and urged the Commission to put in place measures to support the long term recovery of the sector.

One of the support measures it called for was the postponement of the withdrawal of the EBA status of Cambodia due to the “exceptional circumstances” and “already severely impacted global industry.”

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