Official Launch of the “Digitizing Global Trade” Project in Cambodia

Digitizing import and export procedures – GDCE, Deutsche Post DHL Group and GIZ kick-off project activities to reduce time and costs for trade

The General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia (GDCE) becomes an official partner in the ‘Digitizing Global Trade’ (DGT) project. On 22 July 2022 GDCE Director General and Minister Attached to the Prime Minister, His Excellency Dr Kun Nhem and Ms Bettina Gruber, the GIZ Cambodia Deputy Country Director, signed a Letter of Intent to formalize the cooperation.

During the second meeting of the Cambodian National Committee on Trade Facilitation, His Excellency Pha Engveng, GDCE Deputy Director General, said:

“We have moved to sign a Letter of Intent, with the Director General agreeing in principle to move ahead with requesting technical assistance to implement pre-arrival processing for air transport, under the DGT.”

The project aims to introduce pre-arrival processing for importing express shipments and to simplify and digitalise export procedures in Cambodia. The joint activities will reduce the time and cost for import and export. This will improve the conditions for Small and Medium Enterprises to access global value chains.

As a first step, the project implementation team will come together to jointly discuss the current import and export practices to identify opportunities for enhancement under the project.

The ‘Digitizing Global Trade’ (DGT) initiative is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation (BMZ) and Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL). The projects are jointly implemented by DPDHL and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH within the framework of the develoPPP programme.

Next to Cambodia, projects are currently being implemented in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, and Rwanda.