Cambodia’s duty-free access to the EU market has been partially withdrawn

12 August 2020.  The EU’s decision in February 2020 to partially withdraw the duty-free quota-free access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme due to “serious and systematic concerns related to human rights” has become effective.  According to the EU, “(t)he withdrawal of preferential access to the EU market concerns approximately 20% of Cambodia’s exports to the EU. Cambodia may still export those products to the EU but they will be subject to general tariffs applicable to any other member of the World Trade Organization. The remaining 80% of Cambodia’s exports continue to enjoy preferential (duty-free, quota-free) access to the EU market. The Commission, together with the European External Action Service (EEAS), will continue its enhanced engagement with Cambodia. The EU will keep on monitoring the situation in the country, with a particular focus on current restrictions in the areas of freedom of expression and civil and political rights, as well as land disputes and labour rights in the context of the ongoing reforms.”

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