Cambodia Presents key Achievements and Challenges in Cambodian Customs at International Conference in Azerbaijan

Cambodia has presented some key achievements and challenges in customs in order to share experience and find solutions to the customs management with other countries of the region and the world.

Speaking at the Second International Student Conference on Contemporary Issues and Challenges in Customs Management held early this week in Gusar, the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Noey Tre, Representative of the General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia (GDCE) said this international conference was very important for all government officials to gain knowledge and share experience on management, implementation and development in the field of customs in each country.

Many countries are currently interested in developing e-customs, a system that could reduce the time and cost of international trade, and promoting effective customs management and within this conference they can learn from each other both best practices, experiences and challenges of applying the e-customs, he said.

Mr. Noey Tre claimed that until now, the GDCE has continuously developed a good management and infrastructure, as well as successfully developed and implemented the Customs Law which is an important legal framework for the national context and international recognition. In this regard, he pointed out, Cambodian Customs also successfully implemented the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA), a modern system used to support importers, exporters and traders in doing a customs declaration, and the system was used widely in all the Customs offices across the country.

Moreover, he added, the important key achievement is that customs procedures have been simplified through the implementation of a risk management system to monitor and identify high risk containers and it is also align with the revised Kyoto Convention. However, the implementation of Cambodian Customs also faced some challenges related to the implementation of Free Trade Agreements (FTA) that impacted on customs revenues, and now Cambodia has implemented it with ASEAN, ASEAN countries with China, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and India. At the same time, the lack of coordination and cooperation between relevant government agencies, which perform overlapping functions with customs still exists and the last matter is the low level of voluntary self-compliance and cross border crimes.

Mr. Noey Tre expressed the Cambodian Customs' commitment to continue working hard to promote international cooperation with other countries, both locally and internationally, especially in ASEAN and other trading partners.

Organised by the Customs Committee of the Azerbaijani Republic in cooperation with INCU, the 2nd International Student Conference on Contemporary Issues and Challenges in Customs Management attracted students, researchers, professors and customs officials from around 33 countries.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press