Ministry calls for understanding from buyers amid foreclosure
A senior labor official urged buyers of Cambodian products to be understanding and not penalize delays or divert orders to other countries as factories and businesses in the Kingdom face temporary shutdowns and delays. blockades imposed to fight against the spread of Covid-19 in the community.
On April 26, the government extended the lockdown of Phnom Penh and the town of Takmao, in Kandal province, for an additional seven days, from April 29 to May 5.
On April 28, Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training spokesman Heng Sour told a press conference on the extension of the lockdown that the ministry was working closely with unions, owners of factory, the International Labor Organization, Better Factories Cambodia and other relevant parties to appeal to buyers for their understanding.
“We call on the owners of various brands who have ordered from Cambodia that our supply has been interrupted due to blocking measures. We urge brand owners or buyers not to impose fines on the factory or divert orders. to other countries, “he said.
He said Cambodia will work to ramp up production as soon as possible after the Covid-19 situation eases.
“We, the government, the workers and the employees, are committed to working together to respect as much as possible the health and administration rules set by the Royal Government, so that we can restart production at all levels of the chain. and be able to supply them. [buyers] as fast as possible, ”Sour said.
The Cambodia Apparel Manufacturers Association (GMAC) also urged buyers and stakeholders on April 19 not to penalize its members for failing to honor previously agreed delivery commitments during the ongoing lockdown measures.
“We would like to appeal to your understanding to facilitate and arrange to help deal with this particular situation. We must all cooperate and obey the instructions of the royal government and unite our efforts to combat the spread of Covid-19. We urge you all not to punish our members for this situation which is beyond our control, ”said GMAC.
Exports of the apparel, footwear and travel goods industries fell more than 10% last year compared to 2019 and could suffer significant direct losses due to prolonged shutdowns.
Outbound shipments in these sectors recorded $ 10.6 billion in 2019 and $ 9.5 billion last year, according to the Commerce Department’s annual report.