Cambodia's Int'l Trade Down 14.5 pct in Q1: Report

eople work at a factory in the Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone (SSEZ) in Preah Sihanouk province, Cambodia on July 19, 2022. Photo by SSEZ/Handout via Xinhua

PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia recorded 11.25 billion U.S. dollars in its international trade during the first quarter (Q1) of 2023, down 14.5 percent from 13.16 billion dollars over the same period last year, said an official report released Monday.

The kingdom's total export was valued at 5.39 billion dollars during the January-March period this year, down 5.7 percent year-on-year, and total import was registered at 5.86 billion dollars, down 21.3 percent, according to the General Department of Customs and Excise's report.

The report showed that the Southeast Asian nation exported garment, footwear and travel goods products worth 2.42 billion dollars in Q1 this year, down 22 percent from 3.12 billion dollars in the same period last year.

The garment, footwear and travel goods industry is the largest foreign exchange earner for Cambodia. The sector consists of roughly 1,100 factories and branches, employing about 750,000 workers, mostly female.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said last month that the current global economic situation was not good, both in the United States and Europe, and that although the problem was not serious yet, it has affected the global economy through inflation.

He added that people in those countries have earned less income, so purchase orders from those countries are also declining.

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