Commerce Ministry Slams US Congressmen Over Trade Sanctions Bill

Cambodia exported $400 million in garments and textile products to the United States duty-free last year, according to GMAC.

Phnom Penh – A senior commerce ministry official has called on the United States to carefully consider the consequences of imposing trade sanctions on Cambodia over its human rights record.

Two US congressmen, Alan Lowenthal, and Steve Chabot, this week filed a bill that proposes the US government consider removing Cambodia from the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), a preferential trade scheme.

Seang Thay, a commerce spokesman, said on Wednesday that the US should not rush to judgment and first look at “the happy faces” of garment workers.

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