The Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia on Monday expressed concern over potential raw material shortages that could affect factory output in Cambodia, as the coronavirus epidemic shows no signs of dying down in China.
Ken Loo, GMAC Secretary General, said on Monday that 60 percent of materials used in garment production were imported from China. Cambodia is heavily reliant on raw material imports given the lack of locally produced raw material or garment ancillary factories.
He added that the Chinese government had ordered the closure of some factories and wasn’t sure when those factories will be operational again. The Chinese government had also increased the number of holidays given for the Lunar New Year, extending the holiday to last Sunday, but media reports show that workers are yet to return to factories across many parts of China.