Cambodia garments, possibly losing EU trade status, now hit by coronavirus

At least four textile factories in Cambodia may suspend operations because of delays to the supply of raw materials from China caused by the coronavirus outbreak, the labour ministry said on Monday (Feb 10).

Ministry spokesman Heng Sour said there had been delays in deliveries of garments, yarn, buttons and shoe soles. The garment industry is Cambodia’s largest employer, generating US$7 billion (S$9.72 billion) for the economy each year.

The European Union will decide on Wednesday whether or not to suspend Cambodia’s special trade preferences over human rights concerns.

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