A collaborative exchange of the public and private sector – Hybrid Workshop on the Baseline Assessment for the ‘Digitizing Global Trade’ project in Montenegro

July 2021

The first hybrid (face-to-face and virtual) workshop of the Digitizing Global Trade (DGT) initiative in Montenegro focused on the overall baseline assessment of the introduction of Pre-Arrival Processing (PAP) for postal and maritime shipments in line with Art. 7.1 of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.

The workshop provided a platform for detailed and constructive exchange of experience and current practices between Montenegro Revenue and Customs Administration, the key project partner, and other relevant public and private sector stakeholders, such as Post of Montenegro, Administration for Maritime Safety and Port Management, Port of Bar, Port of Adria and Customs Agents. Thanks to the virtual participation of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) the participants gained deeper insight into the UPU Customs Declaration System (CDS) for the exchange of advance electronic postal data.

During the workshop, different perspectives were added to the comprehensive and coordinated baseline assessment. The latter will be a key contribution to the development of the Detailed Operation Plan of the project.

The overall aim of the DGT project is introduction of automated, paperless processing of information on goods (manifests, customs declarations and supporting documents) which is submitted electronically in advance – before arrival of the shipments. This enables customs and other border agencies to perform efficient risk assessment, to prioritize and select shipments for control as well as to release quicker low risk shipments upon arrival. Ultimately this will shorten the time and reduce the cost of customs clearance for compliant shipments.

The event took place in Montenegro on 27th and 28th July 2021, was organized by the GIZ and supported by the Deutsche Post DHL. It was a successful forum for the information exchange among involved partners and stakeholders. Similar events will follow during the project implementation.

The DGT project is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ under the aegis of the develoPPP programme in cooperation with private-sector company Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL).