Dear readers,

welcome to the Spring Newsletter of the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation. We hope that you enjoy reading the spring edition of the newsletter as much as we from SPECTARIS always do.

I initially came across the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation in the summer of 2019 while completing a short internship at the Trade Compliance Department of our member company Dräger, who is also a member of the German Alliance. This was followed by an initial meeting with the colleagues of the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation and we quickly made the decision that being part of the Alliance as an industry association would be a good idea for SPECTARIS and its members.

SPECTARIS is a German industry association for the high-tech medium-sized business sector and representative body in the areas of medical technology, consumer optics, analytical, bio and laboratory technology as well as photonics. Access to global markets and friction free trade are crucial for our members, since the SPECTARIS members are very export oriented with an average of two thirds of their products being exported.

What convinced me personally that being part of the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation is a great benefit for SPECTARIS and our member companies. The German Alliance brings together governmental institutions, business associations, and companies from different sectors who join forces and work towards the same goal to improve and facilitate trade and most importantly to support the implementation of the trade facilitation agreement in developing-countries especially in Africa.

The German Alliance meetings also serve as a great knowledge pool and an exchange platform with experts in trade and customs and have helped me personally to solve one or the other work problem. It has also been very nourishing to meet such great and inspiring people all working together for the same goal.

Another great feature of the German Alliance is the annual idea contest where all members can suggest new project ideas in regards to trade facilitation. I don’t think I have ever before seen a forum where you can so easily suggest ideas even for small improvements in international trade.

The SPECTARIS’ members have suggested project ideas in the past three years and we are very happy that some of them actually are considered as future German Alliance projects and two more SPECTARIS members also decided to become part of the German Alliance.

We really hope that we will soon have the opportunity to meet in person again.
Until we see each other we hope you enjoy reading the latest updates from the German Alliance.

Anne-Kathrin Schmalz

Senior Manager
Foreign Trade and Export Promotion

SPECTARIS - German Industry Association for Optics, Photonics, Analytical and Medicinal Technologies


In our ideas competition, we are looking for new project proposals for the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation. Through concrete projects, we make cross-border movement of goods faster and more efficient.

This year we would like to develop new ideas for projects together with you again. The aim is to reduce trade barriers in partner countries together with the public and private sectors. 

This requires your experience, expertise and local networks!

Click here to find more information.


North Macedonia: New Pre-Arrival Process has Quickly Proven itself in Practice

North Macedonia started to regularly use the new pre-arrival process (PAP) in August 2020. One year later, the question was "Have the expected improvements been realized?".

Indonesia: Implementing a Risk-Based Approach at the Ministry of Trade

The Indonesian Ministry of Trade plans to officially implement the Trusted Traders concept this year. Moreover, measurable time reductions in import and export processes were achieved.


Launch of ‘Digitizing Global Trade’ Project in Ghana

The ‘Digitizing Global Trade’ (DGT) project in Ghana was officially launched at an event held in Accra. The project aims to simplify and digitize the export procedures and documentation to facilitate exports.

Launch of 'Digitizing Global Trade' Project in Rwanda

The project partners have validated the ‘Digitizing Global Trade’ (DGT) project in Rwanda. Over a two-year timeframe, the project aims to strengthen trade efficiency by using digital solutions.

Sri Lanka: Public-Private Consultation Workshop on DGMT

On March 10th, Sri Lanka Customs Authority (SLC) and GIZ hosted a private sector consultation workshop in the context of 'Digitising Global Maritime Trade’ (DGMT). SLC is making continuous efforts to improve digital access to sea cargo information.


Kick-Off Call 2022

The partners of the German Alliance came together in a virtual kick-off call to look at the jointly planned activities for 2022. One of the focal points will be the African Continental Free Trade Area. In this context, the German Alliance is starting to implement the projects in Ghana and Kenya.

10th Working Meeting 

About 30 partners of the network came together virtually for the 10th working meeting of the German Alliance. Next to exchanging on current and planned projects, there were time and occasion to retrospect the past 5 years of the Alliance.


Working Meeting

Are you interested in attending the next Working Meeting of the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation? For more information, please contact the secretariat via


High Level Forum

Mark your calendars: This year the third High Level Forum will take place in the Museum of Communication in Berlin. Join us for major insights to current topics in the context of trade facilitation. More information will follow soon.


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