On 28th February 2023, the General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE) organized a consultative meeting on the postal and express consignment with various operators. The meeting aimed to jointly review the current supporting environment and gaps in term rule & procedures, legal and regulatory aspects, and application of the ICT solution, to make small package cross-border trade easier, quicker, and less costly.
With the boom of e-commerce during COVID-19, the private sector has significantly advanced in their digital transformation and are building stronger capabilities to become more and better engaged. The meeting, therefore, will also facilitate the feedbacks from the private sector and allow strategic discussions on way forward.
To that end, various activities have been planned for the workshop. This includes a presentation of laws and regulations related to e-commerce and procedures for express mails and tax collection, by Mr. Chea Samnang, General Department of Customs and Excise, presentation on e-commerce law, presented by Mr. Keo Buntheng, Ministry of Commerce, presentation on operations, challenges, and request of Express Mail Operator by Raymond Yee, Conference of Asia Pacific Express Carriers (CAPEC), followed by a presentation on operation, challenges and request of Express Mail Service by Mr. Then Samvisoth, Cambodia Post. This was followed by a presentation on the draft Prakas on Express Mail Operations and the usage of related IT systems to support Express Mail Operations by Mr. Horn Chanthorn and Mr. Chhorn Voeun from General Department of Customs and Excise. The workshop concluded by a small group discussion.
In the group discussion, the participants were divided into 4 small groups to discuss topics including the conditions of which a package can or cannot be import or export, the obstacles of importing-exporting express shipment, the process of duty tax payments, and IT systems to assist customs clearance.
The meeting was attended by 70 participants, with 34 representatives from postal and express companies.