Cambodian garment workers concern over EU’s possible suspension of duty-free preferences

Phnom Penh – Cambodian trade union leaders and workers in the garment and footwear sector remained concerned about the European Union (EU)’s possible suspension of duty-free trading preferences for the kingdom, though the government has taken a series of precautionary measures.

The EU started earlier this week the 18-month process that could lead to the temporary suspension of Cambodia’s duty-free trading access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme.

“We remain concerned about this because some workers borrow money to build houses for their parents or to buy small pieces of land for themselves, and they repay the debt by instalment,” Chheng Dano, vice president of the National Independent Federation of Textile Unions of Cambodia, told Xinhua.

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