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Prime Minister Hun Manet Rejects Ban on Import of Older Cars in Cambodia

Phnom Penh, June 17, 2024 – In a recent announcement, Prime Minister Hun Manet has decided against an initiative to ban the import of used cars into Cambodia, opting instead for a more robust review and regulation of the country’s automotive system.

The statement was made during his address at the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the twin flyovers at the intersection of Hun Sen Blvd. and National Road 2 on June 17, 2024.

Prime Minister Manet expressed that the existing policy does not restrict the import of cars based on their manufacturing year. Instead, he emphasized the importance of enhancing the vehicle inspection system, advocating for annual technical reviews to ensure vehicular safety and environmental standards.

"Recently, there was a proposal to set age limits for imported cars to address environmental concerns," Prime Minister Manet explained. "The suggestion was to prohibit the import of cars over ten years old by 2024, and by 2030, restrict imports to cars no older than five years. However, I have decided against this, choosing to focus on strengthening our inspection systems instead."

He noted that while some countries have restrictions on used car imports to support their domestic auto industries, such a move in Cambodia would need to consider the competitive landscape, including local assembly operations and the import market.

The decision underscores the government's approach to balancing environmental considerations with economic realities and the need for practical regulation in the automotive sector.

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