Cambodia: Procedures for e-commerce licence or permit; e-commerce service providers and exemptions

Cambodia: Procedures for e-commerce licence or permit

Guidance (sub-decree No.134 dated 27 August 2020) addresses rules and procedures for grants of e-commerce licences and permits, as well as measures concerning e-commerce services and exemptions.

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Under the guidance, certain types of e-commerce services are to be registered with the Ministry of Commerce and must obtain a licence or permit to operate e-commerce activities in Cambodia or to offer services from abroad to persons in Cambodia (and vice a versa).

A licence for e-commerce is required of legal entities and branches of foreign companies providing any of the following services:

  • e-commerce via web services
  • e-commerce via platform services
  • online marketing services
  • online auction on website services
  • other similar services provided through computer software or smart devices for the promotion of e-commerce

A permit is required for those conducting e-commerce in Cambodia using social media or electronic systems as a means of supplying or buying goods or services.

A permit for e-commerce is not required for the following activities:

  • advertising of goods or services that are not subject to a contract
  • booking services that do not require any deposit or payment by customers or users
  • sale of goods or services of individual or sole proprietorship with a turnover of less than the turnover limit of a “small taxpayer”
  • sale of family-owned or seasonal businesses
  • sale of one’s own artwork
  • private tutoring
  • training or education of the national religion


Read an October 2020 report [PDF 89 KB] prepared by the KPMG member firm in Cambodia

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