Thai authorities yesterday allowed 50 pick-up trucks and cars from Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet city to enter Thailand’s Rong Kluea market to remove their belongings for the first time since COVID-19 forced border closures in March.
Deputy Banteay Meanchey provincial governor Ngor Meng Chroun yesterday confirmed the Thai authorities had allowed 50 pick-up trucks and cars from Cambodia to cross the border, with only two persons allowed per truck, to check on their goods as promised.
“I want to reiterate to vendors that Thai authorities are only allowing 50 designated trucks per day to check on their goods. I do not want vendors to be confused that the Thai border is open again and come down on mass to try and enter,” he said.
Last week, a letter signed by Poipet city governor Keat Hul said: “The Banteay Meanchey and Sa Kaeo provincial administrations have agreed to reopen the Klong Luek border checkpoint to allow Cambodian traders across to collect their merchandise at Rong Kluea Market from July 15 onwards.”
The letter said the checkpoint will be open five hours per day, from 8am, with crossings limited to 50 pick-up trucks per day.
The letter said the reopening is only to facilitate the return of Cambodian trader merchandise back to Poipet city, insisting that no business is allowed to be conducted at the site.
It said that before crossing the border, traders must follow measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Meng Chroun also urged for understanding over the limit on vehicular crossings.
“We have a lot of vendors who want to enter and we have asked the Thai authorities to allow for more people, but they have not responded yet,” he said.
He said vendors should be aware that only trucks are allowed to cross the border and other forms of transport will not be allowed.
“I need to stress to vendors that Thai authorities will not allow porters or cart pullers into Thailand,” he added.
Interior Minister Sar Kheng said yesterday that Cambodian citizens should obey Thai authorities and measures at all times when crossing the border at Poipet.