7 Nov 2019
CAMBODIA: Online Certificate of Origin System Extended to Three Further Border Provinces
The country’s online Certificate of Origin (CO) system has been extended to three more border provinces on a pilot basis – Koh Kong (which borders Thailand) and Takeo and Kampot (both of which border Vietnam). The system, which allows businesses to apply and print a CO (Form D) via the website of their local commerce department, is already in place in six other Vietnam-bordering provinces (Prey Veng, Svay Rieng, Kratie, Mondulkiri, Ratanakkiri and Tboung Khmum), as well as in four Thai-bordering provinces (Battambang, Pailin, Banteay Meanchey and Oddar Meanchey) and the Laos-bordering province of Stung Treng. Following this latest extension, the only border province where the system remains to be implemented is Vietnam-neighbouring Kandal.
In the case of the three newly-added provinces, however, the Ministry of Commerce has stated that the system can only be used for the export of agricultural goods during the pilot phase. Should the trial prove successful, however, the system will be extended to cover all goods and to all remaining provinces before the end of this year. It is hoped that the online system, once fully operational, will help businesses cut down on the paperwork and time they currently have to spend applying manually for COs at the commerce ministry’s headquarters in Phnom Penh. While the current manual processing time takes between 10-14 days, its online counterpart should see this completed in less than 16 hours.
As Hong Kong businesses with operations in Cambodia may already be aware, COs are no longer required for goods destined for any country that does not specify the need for such documentation. In addition, those looking to export from Cambodia to the European Union, Switzerland, Norway or Turkey under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) programme are only required to self-issue a Statement of Origin (SO) in order to qualify for the relevant preferential tariffs. In order to qualify for this entitlement, however, businesses must first register as a company and obtain an EU Registered Exporter (REX) number.