Training on the Classification for the International Merchandize Trade Statistics

On 13-14 February 2023, the General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE) and ARISE Plus Cambodia jointly organized a virtual training on the Classification for the International Merchandize Trade Statistics (IMTS) for 30 participants from the relevant departments of the GDCE and officials from Preah Sihanoukville International Autonomous Port. The trainings' main objective was to introduce the international IMTS classifications and how GDCE can adopt them to improve the quality of its trade statistics. The training covered a broad range of topics, including the different types of classifications, data source, and the development of conversion tables and correspondence tables.

As the first activities of the series, ARISE Plus Cambodia and GDCE organized a virtual workshop on Awareness Raising and Technical Exchange on IMTS on 27-28 July 2021. The main objective of the workshop is to announce the kick-off of this IMTS improvement initiative and to gather external support from other government agencies who are involved in the production and utilization of IMTS. Cambodia IMTS are compiled in broad agreement with the United Nations (UN) standard which provides the international framework under which the statistics are compiled. The second activity of the series was the training on the Policy and Procedural Guideline on IMTS in Cambodia which was organized on 9-10 January 2023. The main objective was to train GDCE's officials on the new guideline on the new workflows and new methodologies of IMTS.

Co-funded by the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the ARISE Plus Cambodia supports this initiative as part of its key support to the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia in strengthening institutional capacities and improving regulatory practices with a view to achieving a more transparent, predictable and competitive trade environment.



Contactfor further information:

Ms. Kamrang Ke, Advisor – Trade-relatedCoordination and Transparency




February 15, 2023


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