via Khmer NZ News Media
by Robeel Haq
Jun 14, 2010
Emirates SkyCargo has expanded its operations to Cambodia after a surge in demand for reliable air cargo services from the southeast Asian nation. The Dubai based carrier has appointed Asia GSA as its sales agent in Cambodia.
In recent years the Cambodian garment industry has grown exponentially as an increasing number of manufacturers, including brands like GAP, Old Navy, Wal-Mart and Kmart, look to the country to produce quality clothing at cheaper rates than in Europe, the US or even some other Asian countries. It is now the biggest industry in Cambodia, accounting for a whopping 70 per cent of the country’s exports.
As Emirates does not yet operate its own flights into Cambodia, cargo – predominantly garments, textiles and shoes – will be flown to nearby Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, from where Emirates SkyCargo operates 28 and 21 flights a week to Dubai respectively. From Dubai goods are shipped onward to more than 100 destinations around the globe.
Ram Menen, Emirates’ Divisional Vice President Cargo, said, “Emirates SkyCargo’s frequent connections to Cambodia’s key export markets such as the US, UK and Germany means producers can rest easy in the knowledge that their goods will reach their customers swiftly and securely. And our new partnership with Asia GSA has just made it even easier for them to capitalise on our extensive network.”
Simon Ang, Asia GSA President, said: “Emirates SkyCargo is renowned the world over for the quality of its service. We are proud that, through our new affiliation, Asia GSA is able to bring the services of this much-lauded airline to Cambodian shippers.”