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Corruption in the Custom Department - 2005-01-17

A custom official in Takeo province says corruption in the custom department is widespread in Cambodia.

It's estimated that only 20 to 30 percent of all imports are declared for tax purpose and that Cambodia loses millions of dollars in custom revenues each year.

Mr. Khan Savann said he supports prime minister Hun Sen's plan to carry out reforms in the custom department.

But Mr. Khan said he wanted to see immediate punishment for those who are involved in corruption