Cambodian trade officials are urging the US government to pass legislation to cut tariffs on goods from 14 of Asia's least developed countries (LDCs).

They believe the measure will help to protect Cambodia's apparel industry after safeguards on Chinese exports to the US expire at the end of next year.

The Tariff Relief Assistance for Developing Economies, or TRADE Act, is already before the US Senate.

Duty relief for poor nations is also being considered within the stalled Doha round of World Trade Organization negotiations.

"We know our quality is the same as the Chinese, we are fighting only over the price," said Commerce Minister Cham Prasidh told AFP, adding that US tariffs on Cambodian garment exports are between 15% and 25%.

The US accounts for around 70% of Cambodia's apparel exports.