On February 8th, 2022, the Improving Small Package e-Trade for SMEs (SeT4SME) project was launched by H.E. PAN Sorasak, Minister, Ministry of Commerce. The launching event was co-organized by the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, Ministry of Commerce and Swisscontact.
The SeT4SME project will digitalize paper-based customs clearing processes for small packages sent through the post and address the ‘Missing Digital Link’ to deliver e-commerce boost for small businesses in Cambodia that will speed shipments and open export markets through two workstreams: i) Institutional Capacity Support for Electronic Advanced Data (EAD) Implementation that will enable the system that sends customs and security information before the arrival of a package to the destination country, and ii) e-Trade Portal Development and Promotion aiming to strengthen Cambodia’s cross-border e-Trade environment for SMEs.
The launch was also attended by Mr. Philippe Isler, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation. In his opening remarks, he expressed his thoughts on the importance of the project for MSMEs.
The project aims to reduce the average time in customs clearance processing for Cambodia's outbound and inbound small packages sent through the post as well as the reduction of average time and cost for export documentary compliance by SMEs and women owned businesses (WOBs) exporters. Through the EAD interface, international packages from Cambodia to EAD required countries will be fully compliant as well as increase in international packages sent / received via post by SMEs and WOBs. The e-trade portal aims to increase small packages exports for SMEs and WOBs. Furthermore, the project will also contribute to reduced manual data entry of customs and security information for customs and postal officials.
The event was attended by 91 participants representing Ministry of Commerce, General Department of Customs and Excise, Cambodia Post, Cambodia Women Entrepreneurs Association and other ministries, private sector and development partners.
Improving Small Package E-Trade for SMEs (SeT4SME), is a two-year project (2021-2022) of Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (the Alliance), implemented by Swisscontact in partnership with Ministry of Commerce (MoC), and with the collaboration of the General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE), Cambodia Post, The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and Cambodian Women Entrepreneurs Association (CWEA).
Learn more about the SeT4SME project.