16 May 2019
Cambodia and Thailand have recently begun negotiations on the cross border transportation of people and goods after their railways where connected in April.
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The two sides met to discuss checks at the border, according to Kun Nhim, director general of customs and excise at the Ministry of Commerce.
“The two parties agreed to start negotiations on procedures for carrying out inspections on goods and passengers in the train,” state-owned Agence Kampuchea Press quoted Mr Nhim as saying in an article published Monday.
Mr Nhim said a “single stop inspection” will be carried out in the border gate as well as in the Stung Bot-Ban Nong Ing Friendship Bridge that connects the countries.
The governments of Cambodia and Thailand in April reconnected their railroads after they were separated four decades ago. An agreement on joint railway traffic was signed by the ministries of transport of both nations.
Vasim Sorya, spokesman for the Cambodian Ministry of Transport, told Khmer Times that the transport of people and goods across the border by train is still not allowed despite April’s linking ceremony.
He said the countries still need to negotiate the procedures for carrying out customs checks at the border.