Cambodia, Sri Lanka

Digitising Global Maritime Trade

  • Partner project in cooperation with develoPPP

  • Status: In Implementation


Many customs administrations have introduced procedures for submitting advance cargo information prior to the shipment’s arrival at their borders. This information is designed to enable customs to clear goods upon arrival, allowing them to plan better and reduce overall transit times for companies.

At present, advance cargo information is typically submitted only 24 hours before the arrival of a container vessel. This leaves little time for customs to perform the necessary risk management and processing, leading to potentially increased dwell times for shippers and freight forwarders. All the information pertaining to a shipment is, however, already known to other parties in the supply chain many weeks in advance. Today, this information typically remains solely in the possession of these parties.


The project Digitising Global Maritime Trade (DGMT) is implementing a new data integration solution called ASYHUB in Cambodia and Sri Lanka together with the local customs authorities. Both countries already use ASYCUDA as a customs IT system. The project results will allow data from any trade information provider to be used for pre-arrival and pre-departure processing and risk management purposes. The ASYHUB solution creates a seamless exchange of cargo data between a country’s customs system and all trade data providers involved in the maritime trading process and, eventually, all other modes of transport (air and land).

ASYHUB is developed by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The software serves as a tool for data processing and data integration between ASYCUDAWorld and the external IT systems of trade information providers. Already engaged as one of the first project partners, the platform TradeLens covers more than half of global containerised trade. Within the project, it provides advance sea cargo data to test data integration with ASYHUB in Cambodia and Sri Lanka. Other trade information providers will follow since the project is open to all interested parties.

Cambodia and Sri Lanka will share their experiences with other ASYCUDA-using countries in order to scale up the approach to more developing countries.


By increasing customs’ digital access to advance sea cargo information during the clearance processes, the project aims to:

  • increase efficiencies in the international transport documentation process;
  • reduce the time and cost of maritime trade for importers and exporters,
  • streamline the risk management process.

The advance sea cargo data submitted will allow customs administrations to process the cargo data pre-arrival as well as pre-departure and conduct its risk analyses earlier to determine which cargoes to inspect and which cargoes to release when goods arrive.


The project partners from Sri Lanka Customs, the General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia, TradeLens, UNCTAD and GIZ discuss what they expect from the DGMT project and which benefits the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development sees in the project’s public-private structure at the Virtual High Level Forum 2020, organised by the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation.


Whether you are a business active in cross-border trade or a governmental institution interested in learning more about the project and potentially becoming a partner, please reach out to us. 


This project contributes towards the implementation of the following article of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation:

  • Article 7.1: Freigabe und Abfertigung von Waren: Pre-Arrival Processing
  • Article 7.4: Freigabe und Abfertigung von Waren: Risk management


Dr. Ceren Erdogan
Project Lead
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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