Cambodia says special economic zone does not transship goods to U.S. to dodge tariffs

Companies in Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone (SSEZ) in Cambodia have not transshipped products to the United States to avoid tariffs, the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce said in a statement released on Sunday.

The statement came days after U.S. Embassy Spokesman in Cambodia Arend Zwartjes claimed that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had inspected and fined a number of companies inside the SSEZ for evading U.S. tariffs by routing goods through Cambodia.

Zwartjes accused some companies inside the zone of transshipping goods from China such as amino acid, cereal-based foods (corn, rice or cassava), and steel pipes, to the United States to dodge tariffs, according to the statement.

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