German Alliance for Trade Facilitation

Dear readers,

this newsletter provides a quarterly update on the Alliances for Trade Facilitation.
It covers the main activities of the Alliance in Germany and developments in Alliance projects abroad.

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German Alliance - News from Germany

In this section, you will find information on our activities in Germany.

Fifth Alliance Working Meeting at Drägerwerk in Lübeck

On March 14 and 15, 2019, 24 partners of the German Alliance came together for their semi-annual working meeting in Lübeck. At the invitation of Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA, the partners discussed the further strategic orientation as well as country and project focuses of the Alliance. Subsequently, the Alliance’s strategy and vision until 2022 was adopted. Special thanks go to Drägerwerk for their excellent hosting!

New project ideas for Thailand

As an outcome of the working meeting, the partners jointly decided to offer Thailand a future Alliance project on trade facilitation. The Alliance secretariat is now collecting project ideas and possible local contacts from its partners to initiate dialogues with the Thai government and customs authorities for a first project scoping mission in autumn this year. If your company encounters trade barriers in Thailand and wants to engage in an Alliance project, we would be happy to hear from you. You can reach us via

Save the Date: Next working meeting of the Alliance on September 9 & 10 in Berlin

The 6th working meeting will be co-organized and held at the premises of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) on September 10. It will be preceded by public event on September 9, at the Museum for Communication in Berlin. High-level panelists will discuss current trends and challenges in trade facilitation. The official invitation will follow soon.

Meeting of the Alliance Steering Committee in Berlin

On February 1, 2019, the steering committee of the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation met in Berlin in preparation for the fifth working meeting of the Alliance partners in March. The members of the steering committee worked together on the formulation of the Alliance’s vision 2022 to set clear goals for the Alliance for the coming years. In addition, they reviewed the proposals for new project countries in 2019 submitted in the Alliance’s idea contest.

Alliance as successful instrument to achieve the SDGs

The public-private cooperation approach of the Alliance to facilitate international trade counts as a good example on how to contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Therefore, the Alliance was invited to participate in a panel discussion with the title ‘Business and Development – German Industry and the SDGs’ at Hannover Messe, hosted by the BDI, BMZ and CDG. Together with representatives from other companies and initiatives, the Alliance shared insights on how cooperation between multiple stakeholders can have a positive impact on the achievement of the SGDs.

German Alliance - News from Projects
In this section, you will find information on our country projects.
You can find further information on these country projects on the German Alliance Website.


Indonesian border Agencies ready to introduce integrated risk management system

The preparations for the project implementation on introducing a risk management system for licensing and for post-border control & enforcement are taking up speed. In March, over 100 participants from relevant government agencies and the private sector have been trained in identifying and mapping risks using a model for likelihood and impact. With this knowledge, the Indonesian Ministry of Trade is now able to develop strategies on how to identify and mitigate risks. For traders, the risk management scheme will result in less interventions, reward compliant traders and increase the overall level of compliance.


Partners prioritize project focus, start of project implementation scheduled for autumn 2019

Representatives of the German and Ukrainian government, companies and business associations prioritized the simplification of documentary requirements and introduction of an AEO system as focus issues for the TF project. This is the result of two scoping missions  that took place in Ukraine in the end of 2018 and beginning of 2019. We now aim at formalizing the project together with the Ukrainian government and prepare the project implementation.
More on our project in Ukraine.


Kick-off event for electronic pre-arrival customs clearance system planned for end of May 2019

The preparatory work for the implementation of the pre-arrival processing system based on the successful model of Montenegro is about to be completed.  The official kick-off meeting with all relevant stakeholders is planned to take place on May 28, 2019. During workshops with USAID, DHL and the Moldovan Customs authorities as well as in the “Regional Working Group Meeting of the Customs Authorities from South-East Europe” in Tirana end of March, all partners have agreed on the target IT solution to be developed. The Alliance will further organise a study trip to Hungarian Customs for good practice exchange and to make the implementation of the system with Moldovan customs successful.

High engagement of private partners in project scoping

Consultations with 12 businesses and business associations in Sao Paolo indicate that there is a new emerging dynamic in Brazil for substantial Trade Facilitation reforms. Business partners are generally optimistic, but also see various aspects that need to become more efficient. Next consultations will be held with public stakeholders in Brazil, including existing TF reform initiatives. A German Alliance project could potentially act as a catalyst for some of Brazil’s reforms. Further consultations with stakeholders will be decisive to determine how the Alliance can best contribute and add value for Brazil and the business community in Brazil.


Project scoping temporarily on hold due to political re-organisations

Following the submission and approval of the concept note, further project scoping was put on hold, as buy-in from the Ministry of Production could not be re-established after a major government re-organisation in Q4 2018.  However, the Ministry is interested in continued dialogue on the single window with German and Global Alliance businesses. The team will reassess the situation following the national elections scheduled for Q4 2019, together with interested stakeholders.
Global Alliance - News from Projects  

In this section, you will find information on the Global Alliance country projects.
You can find further information on these country projects
 on the Global Alliance Website.


The Alliance revitalizes workplan on risk management in close cooperation with customs authorities

The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation project in Ghana aims to implement risk-based pre-arrival-processing. Ghana’s Ministry of Trade is currently reviewing the priorities for trade and trade facilitation. Trade related measures are currently ad-hoc introduced and sometimes postponed after short time, e.g. pre-shipment-inspection measures were introduced by Ghana Standards Authority and were reviewed again as a result of discussions with stakeholders, including the Alliance. As an additional result, Ghana Standards Authority as one of the main agencies at the border has started to increase the selectivity for inspections with a test of a trusted trader scheme. The Alliance work will focus on increasing the benefits for compliant traders and revitalize the workplan on risk management jointly with Ghana Revenue Authority and other border agencies.


Intensifying collaboration with public institutions through trainings and dialogues

As part of the preparations for the implementation of a pre-arrival processing and risk management system with Kenyan Customs authorities, the Alliance is intensifying dialogues with public and private partners. These consultations revealed new obstacles for trade, mainly caused by new processes for standards compliance and the new Anti-Counterfeit Agency.  To increase the benefits for compliant traders, trainings of several government agencies on risk management and risk profiling in early 2019 were conducted in close collaboration with the Kenya Trade Network Agency (KenTrade). Another achieved milestone was the agreement on a work plan with Kenya Revenue Authority for the implementation of pre-arrival processing.


Alliance approach proves to be successful to develop project design and action plan

Both project components, i.e. 1) the streamlining & digitization of the weighing process, and 2) the introduction of an electronic phytosanitary certificate are currently in the analysis and design phase. The project design is supported by insights from benchmark missions to ports in Jordan and Spain, public-private dialogue workshops and further study visits scheduled for the next months. Additionally, an adapted version of the Global Alliance survey on total transport and logistics costs (TTLC) is currently carried out in Q2 and Q3 2019 to measure the project’s impact. Training and technical implementation work will follow in June, with a detailed action plan to be signed off by the project steering group.


Project concept to be adopted in June

Simplification, standardisation and harmonisation of formalities and procedures in connection with improved border agency cooperation is the core of interest of the planned Alliance project. Discussions in a Public-Private Dialogue with government agencies and representatives of the global and local private sector in January in Lagos showed both a huge number of options and a high interest from local and international business for such a project. Since key main Government stakeholders like the Ministry of Trade and the Nigeria Customs Service have agreed in principle, a project concept is being drafted and will be discussed in a Public-Private Dialogue in June.


Preparations for Project Scoping advancing

A dedicated local project team will drive project development based on business metrics in the second half of the year. The Global Alliance is implementing a Total Transport and Logistic Survey to establish solid diagnostics of the Trade Facilitation environment in the country. In the meantime, preparations to hire a local project team to drive project scoping and preparation from the start are progressing. Please get in touch if you are interested in joining the process.

Best regards,

Daniela Zehentner-Capell, Co-Chair of the Alliance Steering Group, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Philipp Kruschel, Head of the Alliance Secretariat, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Upcoming Events

  • June 3 - 4, 2019: Participation of the Alliance at „Tag der Deutschen Industrie“ (BDI German Industry Day), Berlin
  • June 4 - 7, 2019: Participation of the Alliance at the stand of Bolloré Logistics on June 05, 3pm and panel dicusssion with BVL on June 06, 12pm at “transport logistic Messe”, Munich
  • September 9, 2019: High Level Forum organized by the Alliance with experts from public and private sector, Berlin
  • September 10, 2019:  6th Alliance working meeting, Berlin
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