Thai customs at the Aranpathet-Poipet border crossing have agreed to postpone the imposition of a new import tax on live cat fish from Cambodia until March 1 at the request of Poipet governor for the sake of good relations between two neighboring countries.
Talks over the import tax hike on the live cat fish from Cambodia between representatives of Cambodian fish merchants and Thai officials resumed Friday morning at the Klong Luek border office.
The talks went on for about two hours and still both sides failed to come up with an agreement with the Cambodian fish merchants demanding that the current import tax rate remain unchanged at a rate of 12 baht for each kilogramme of cat fish.
Poipet governor Ngor Meng Chroun appealed to the Thai customs officials not to impose the new import tax rate until March 1.
During the talk on Friday, Cambodian fish merchants blocked the Klong Luek bridge with their push carts to prevent trucks from the Thai side to cross the border into Cambodia while allowing their fellow merchants to cross the border into Thai side.
A customs official admitted he was not sure the Cambodian fish merchants would not protest or block the border bridge when the new import tax rate for Cambodian live fish comes into force on March 1.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)