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Cambodia – Customs joins Project on “Digitising Global Maritime Trade”

The General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE) of Cambodia is working together with GIZ, UNCTAD and the private sector as one of the pilot countries in the new project Digitising Global Maritime Trade (DGMT).

On 22 October 2020, H.E. Dr Kun Nhem, the Director General of GDCE, Guenter Riethmacher, GIZ Cambodia Country Director, and Mr Adnan T. Issa, Chief of Resources Management Services from UNCTAD, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalise the joint cooperation.

H.E. Dr Kun Nhem: ‘GDCE is delighted that Cambodia is one of the first countries to join the Digitising Global Maritime Trade project. Advanced digital access to key information on sea cargo will further facilitate pre-arrival processing and improved risk management. This will directly lead to a reduction of time for exporters and importers. This public-private partnership is a great example for GDCEs’ efforts in the area of trade facilitation.’

In the DGMT project, public and private sector partners work together to improve customs’ digital access to advance sea cargo information. The project is implementing a new data integration solution called ASYHUB, which enables seamless exchange of sea cargo data between GDCE and trade data providers involved in the maritime trading process.

The data submitted will allow GDCE to process the cargo prior to arrival and departure to determine earlier which cargoes to inspect, and which to release, reducing the time and costs of maritime trade for importers and exporters.