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Project to improve Customs’ access to sea cargo information

21 February, 2021
Director General Customs, retired Maj. Gen. Vijitha Ravipriya, GIZ Sri Lanka Country Director Ms. Christiane Einfeldt, and the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Ms. Hanaa Singer  at the signing of the MoU at the  Customs headquarters.
Director General Customs, retired Maj. Gen. Vijitha Ravipriya, GIZ Sri Lanka Country Director Ms. Christiane Einfeldt, and the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Ms. Hanaa Singer at the signing of the MoU at the  Customs headquarters.

The Customs will work with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the private sector in a new project, Digitising Global Maritime Trade (DGMT).

The project will be financed by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). 

In the DGMT project, public and private sector partners work together to improve Customs’ digital access to sea cargo information. The project aims at implementing a new data integration solution, ASYHUB, which enables seamless exchange of sea cargo data between Sri Lanka Customs and trade data providers involved in the maritime trading process. 

Director General of Sri Lanka Customs, retired Maj. Gen. Vijitha Ravipriya, GIZ Sri Lanka Country Director Ms. Christiane Einfeldt, and the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Ms. Hanaa Singer signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise the cooperation at the  Customs Headquarters in Colombo recently.

“We expect that the implementation of the digital platform ASYHUB will enable speedy clearance of cargo, reduced transit time and ultimately minimise the trade costs for the private sector, Vijitha Ravipriya said.

The data submitted will allow the Customs to process the cargo prior to arrival and departure to determine earlier which cargoes to inspect, and which to release, reducing the time and costs of maritime trade for importers and exporters. The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Sri Lanka, Holger Seubert, said, “This project exemplifies Germany’s firm commitment to support rules-based, fair and free trade, particularly the implementation of the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement.

The project’s outcomes will strengthen the framework conditions for trade and investment in Sri Lanka and make it an even more attractive market.”

GIZ Sri Lanka, Country Director Ms. Christiane Einfeldt said “By providing technical expertise and feedback during the implementation, the private sector stakeholders play an important role in ensuring an effective outcome. GIZ will support these new  processes with targeted in-depth capacity building and awareness raising.”

Director of Technology and Logistics of UNCTAD, Ms. Shamika Sirimanne said, “ASYHUB will provide Sri Lanka Customs with richer information to support a more informed risk assessment for a better targeting and more effective decision-making on which shipments to inspect. This means the project would increase the capacity of Customs to keep goods moving while reducing risks, which is especially relevant in the current Covid-19 pandemic.” 

Sri Lanka is the second country to officially join the project after the General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia joined in October last year.

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