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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

CAMBODIA: DHL opens fashion and apparel centre

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Logistics company DHL has opened a new office in Cambodia which will serve as specialist fashion and apparel centre to support the country's fast-growing garment export industry.

The premises, close to the centre of the capital Phnom Penh, will house its seventh 'Fashion and Apparel Center of Excellence' in the Asia Pacific.

The new office will offer a range of bespoke and consultancy services to help firms manage the product flow further upstream in their supply chains, ranging from material purchasing to sampling, quality control and direct delivery.

"The fashion and apparel industry remains as one of our core focus areas and Cambodia is an increasingly important part of our global fashion and apparel aspirations," explains Huykieu Khau, managing director, DHL Logistics (Cambodia) Ltd.

"In the first 11 months of 2010, garments and textiles contributed nearly US$2.82bn to Cambodia, which is a 20.15% increase from the same period last year. Moreover, EU tax exemptions for Cambodia mean export growth is likely to continue to rise."

DHL already operates similar centres in Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

Services on offer include international and domestic cargo freight forwarding, labelling and packaging, storage and warehousing, and customs clearance.

"The new office reflects our commitment to expand our reach in the region and to continually invest in Cambodia," adds Amadou Diallo, CEO, Africa and South Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding.

"We are very optimistic about the country's growth potential - gross domestic product growth stands at 5.5% in 2010, higher than the forecast of 4.9% by the World Bank. We believe that 2011 will be an even better year for Cambodia now that economic recovery is well underway."

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