Cambodian Authorities Did Not Approve Importing of Banned Plastic Waste, Official Says

Over a thousand tonnes of plastic waste found recently imported into Cambodia’s port city of Sihanoukville were brought into the country without the knowledge of Cambodian authorities, a senior customs official said on Monday.

Speaking to RFA’s Khmer Service, Kun Nhim—Director General of Cambodia’s Customs and Excise General Directorate—said that no one under his command had approved the movement of the banned waste material into Cambodia.

“No official authorized its importation,” Kun Nhim said, rejecting environmental activists’ suspicions that Cambodian authorities were complicit in the illegal act.

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