The European Commission’s decision to partially withdraw Cambodia’s “Everything But Arms” (EBA) tariff-free status to the European Union (EU) took effect on August 12, with about 20 percent of garment, footwear, and travel goods now subject to the bloc’s customs duties.
The partial suspension of the European Union’s ‘Everything But Arms’ tariff-free agreement with Cambodia is set to take effect on August 12, as unions and civil society groups have said they are at a loss over how to deal with the impacts on the garment industry.
International civil society groups have called on foreign governments to
demand that the Cambodian government address its deteriorating human
rights record and restore democracy as the country’s “Everything but
Arms” trade tariff breaks are set to be partially revoked next month.
Garment factory workers are seeing their working hours cut amid China’s coronavirus scare and the EU’s announcement that it will partially withdraw Cambodia’s trade privileges.
The government this week reiterated that the EU was interfering in domestic affairs after the bloc announced a partial suspension of duty-free trade with Cambodia over political and human rights concerns.