Cambodia Study Looks at Port Data Exchange

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

By Aiswarya Lakshmi

A feasibility study to look into the possible
expansion of the Northeast Asia Logistics Information Service
Network (NEAL-NET) is being undertaken in Cambodia, as part of a
project co-funded by International Maritime Organization (IMO)
and China.

NEAL-NET was established in 2010 by China, Japan and the Republic
of Korea as a transnational, non-profit cooperative mechanism for
logistics information exchange and technological cooperation.

The envisaged expansion of NEAL-NET is expected to support the
implementation of the revised Facilitation Convention, which will
require public authorities to establish systems for the
electronic exchange of information relating to ships' cargo, crew
and passengers, by 8 April 2019.

A team of consultants is in Cambodia (12-18 February), meeting a
range of stakeholders (from the Merchant Marine Department, Phnom
Penh Ports Authority, the Civil Aviation Authority, the Bureau of
Customs, ship brokers and ship agents associations) and making
site visits to ports at Phnom Penh and SihanoukVille.

The aim is to gain a better understanding of existing systems of
port logistics information and to identify the port or ports
where NEAL-NET might be implemented. A similar feasibility study
will be undertaken in Myanmar in March.

Once the feasibility studies have been completed, the countries
concerned will be able to identify the technical and financial
needs for possible inclusion in the NEAL-NET mechanism and will
be in a position to apply for relevant funding from national or
international institutions.

IMO previously conducted national seminars on "Electronic means
for the clearance of ships and use of the single window concept"
in Cambodia (2014) and Myanmar (2013).

Feb 19, 2017

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