The US$28 million terminal was partly financed by the Chinese government and is situated in the Kien Svay district of Kandal province, about 30 kilometers from the existing port in Phnom Penh.
With a capacity of 120,000 20-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) each year and a land size of 10 hectares, the terminal is expected to help ease the growing influx of cargo into the country’s ports.
It serves to provide links through the Mekong River to global container trades through Vietnam’s Cai Mep port and boosts Cambodia’s intra-Asia trade connections through the South China Sea.
Port authorities said they are looking for private partners to invest in the project’s second stage of development, which involves installing high-tech facilities to raise annual capacity to 300,000 TEUs.
Also under study is the construction of a PPAP special economic zone surrounding the new port.