Countries selected for the ‘Digitizing Global Trade’ initiative

The Digitizing Global Trade initiative will begin its work in six countries initially – Cambodia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Montenegro and Rwanda. The goal is to streamline customs clearance by digitalising trade procedures. More countries will follow.

Cambodia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Montenegro and Rwanda

March 2021

Over the next 10 years, the new Digitizing Global Trade (DGT) initiative will foster the launch of numerous projects dedicated to digitalising customs clearance processes. The first six countries selected to take part are Cambodia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Montenegro and Rwanda. In these countries, the border authorities responsible for regulating trade will each launch projects in partnership with companies and trade associations.

The purpose of the DGT initiative is to make cross-border trade more transparent, secure and efficient. It has two priority areas:

  • introducing and/or strengthening advance electronic customs registration for pre-arrival processing (PAP)
  • promoting local exports and introducing or strengthening advance electronic customs registration for pre-departure processing (PDP).

In the next 10 years, the successful approach already implemented by the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation will be extended to up to 20 countries all over the world under the umbrella of the develoPPP.de programme. The initiative has grown out of a partnership with private-sector company Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL). DGT is embedded in GoTrade, one of DPDHL’s sustainability programmes. GoTrade uses DPDHL’s trade and logistics expertise to facilitate access to the global marketplace for small and medium-sized enterprises in the Global South.

DGT is thus supporting all its partner countries in implementing the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in the context of trade policy.

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