Trade Guide: Cambodia

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Cambodia (official name: the Kingdom of Cambodia) is a small developing country located in the southern portion of the Southeast Asian land mass, sharing borders with Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos.

Customs, Technical Standards, and Trade Regulations

The two key technical standards-related government agencies that traders need to be aware of are the Department of Industrial Standards of Cambodia (ISC) and the National Standards Council (NSC).  The ISC develops regulations and laws pertaining to product certification, and provides technical support to companies seeking to register and certify their products.  The National Standards Council coordinates the development of national standards in Cambodia and provides advice to the ISC on a variety issues including criteria and procedures related to standards development and conformity assessment.  In simple terms, the ISC develops standards and conducts conformity assessment, while the NSC provides national secretariat services and oversight, ensuring the overall quality of national standards and the conformity assessment and certification.  Not all imported products require certification however, so exporters should check with ISC.

Trade Policy and Free Trade Agreements

In addition to its membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO), Cambodia is also a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and as such is a party to ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) which reduces barriers to trade and investment among ASEAN nations.  Through its ASEAN membership Cambodia is also a member of the various trade agreements ASEAN has secured with countries outside the region, including:

Cambodia is also a part of the ongoing Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations, which aims to create a single free trade agreement out of the various ASEAN FTAs listed above.

Cambodia is not a part of the other major regional free trade agreement negotiations that are currently underway in the region, namely the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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