Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Knowledge of customs affairs ‘crucial’: GDCE

Knowledge of customs affairs ‘crucial’: GDCE

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE) director-general Kun Nhem (centre left) and Cambodia Chamber of Commerce Kith Meng. CCC

Knowledge of customs affairs ‘crucial’: GDCE

A clear understanding of customs procedures and regulations is crucial to enhance fair competition and strengthen compliance in the private sector, said General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE) director-general Kun Nhem.

Speaking at the second Cambodian Customs Forum, organised by the GDCE and the Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC) last weekend, Nhem said the private sector is a key partner of the government in stimulating economic growth.

“This forum is part of an effort to raise awareness among the public, especially businesspeople, on laws, regulations, labour regulations and customs procedures. This will boost trade facilitation, enhance fair competition and strengthen compliance as well as improving the fiscal culture in Cambodia. These are all important aspects of the process of inclusive economic development,” he added.

CCC president Kith Meng explained that the forum was part of the Customs-Private Sector Partnership Mechanism, which was established in 2010 to help solve problems which hindered private companies, both domestic and international, from doing business in the Kingdom.

“Through this mechanism, the business environment related to international trade in Cambodia has gradually improved. The GDCE can easily respond to requests from companies that are involved in international trade, in a timely manner. This has been invaluable, particularly in the context of current global supply chains, which have been disrupted by crises,” he said.

Hong Vanak, director of International Economics at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said a clear understanding of procedures and regulations related to customs issues is essential in order to gain access to benefits such as trade facilitation or the enjoyment of export or import tax benefits on certain goods.

“Businessmen and investors, both domestic and foreign, must clearly understand the customs regulations of the Kingdom. Some tariff preferences are subject to free trade with certain partner countries, which could be a major benefit for them to grow their business,” he added.

The GDCE said the forum has provided information to the private sector on a number of customs issues, including the implementation of pre-shipment procedures and Phase III of both the National Single Window (NSW) and the ASEAN single Window system. It was also a venue for discussion on the Kingdom’s investment laws.


  • Joy as Koh Ker Temple registered by UNESCO

    Cambodia's Koh Ker Temple archaeological site has been officially added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, during the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on September 17. The ancient temple, also known as Lingapura or Chok Gargyar, is located in

  • Famed US collector family return artefacts to Cambodia

    In the latest repatriation of ancient artefacts from the US, a total of 33 pieces of Khmer cultural heritage will soon return home, according to the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts. In a September 12 press statement, it said the US Attorney’s Office for the

  • Cambodia set to celebrate Koh Ker UNESCO listing

    To celebrate the inscription of the Koh Ker archaeological site on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the Ministry of Cults and Religion has appealed to pagodas and places of worship to celebrate the achievement by ringing bells, shaking rattles and banging gongs on September 20. Venerable

  • Kampot curfew imposed to curb ‘gang’ violence

    Kampot provincial police have announced measures to contain a recent spike in antisocial behaviour by “unruly’ youth. Officials say the province has been plagued by recent violence among so-called “gang members”, who often fight with weapons such as knives and machetes. Several social observers have

  • PM outlines plans to discuss trade, policy during US visit

    Prime Minister Hun Manet is set to meet with senior US officials and business leaders during his upcoming visit to the US for the UN General Assembly (UNGA), scheduled for September 20. While addressing nearly 20,000 workers in Kampong Speu province, Manet said he aims to affirm

  • Manet touches down in Beijing for high-level meetings

    Prime Minister Hun Manet arrived in Beijing on September 14 for his first official visit to China, where he is slated to attend the 20th China-ASEAN Expo and meet other leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping. Upon his arrival, Manet laid a wreath at the Monument