18 July 2019
CAMBODIA: Trade Portal Set to Streamline Export Procedures and Curb Corruption
With the country’s National Single Window (NSW) system now up and running, it is expected that traders will benefit from streamlined customs clearance procedures, including the facility to submit import/export documents online, while also being able to pay any required fees or taxes via the same channel. The system can also process export/import licences, as well as permits for the transit/Import of goods for re-export. In another plus, businesses will be required to submit their key information only once, with the data then shared across all relevant government agencies.
In line with the government’s commitment to facilitating intra-ASEAN trade, the system is fully integrated with the ASEAN Single Window (ASW) electronic data-sharing system. This will see cargo clearance procedures expedited, while any relevant data and import/export documentation will be accessible by all participating members of the ASEAN bloc.
Overall, businesses have welcomed the NSW, seeing it as not only likely to cut paperwork and processing time but also as a key means of reducing corruption on the part of public officials, with applicants no longer required to deal directly with government officials or to make informal payments to secure any required authorisation. In addition, the integration of the NSW with the ASW will allow traders to electronically submit ATIGA e-form D, which will serve as the Certificate of Origin for all goods exported and imported within the ASEAN bloc.