Advancing Time Release Studies (TRS) in Southeast Asia (ADB-50251-001)

  • East Asia and Pacific
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Apr 19, 2017
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  • Industry and Trade
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Investment Type(s)
Advisory Services
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 1.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 1.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS Sep 16, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Apr 20, 2017

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Project Description

According to the bank website, the technical assistance (TA) aims to support the customs administrations of participating ADB member countries to better implement the various Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) trade facilitation initiatives. The proposed TA will assist participating countries to undertake specific customs reform and modernization steps, using TRS-collected data, that support substantive trade facilitation measures based on the action plan, and to conduct a study of their checkpoints to initiate improvements in dealing with the bottlenecks.

Countries face challenges that include lack of transparency about rules and regulations, redundant and lengthy clearance processes, and complicated document requirements (e.g., with different formats and data elements). It is equally important to focus on trade and regulatory processes conducted at the border to ensure they are optimized and that the time required for trade-related procedures is reduced where appropriate. Activities related to calculating and recording the time needed by customs to release goods can provide pertinent information to guide necessary process improvements and identify desirable regulatory changes to ensure the effective facilitation of trade. The TRS is a tool for collecting and assessing data, and can help highlight areas that need to be addressed to reduce or eliminate bottlenecks, and to assess progress in implementing modernization programs.

A total of 78 person-months of consulting services will be engaged for the TA comprising 28 person-months of international consultants and 48 person-months of national consultants.

Investment Description
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Financed by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction

Contact Information

Project Officer: Shigeaki Kamo
Southeast Asia Department, ADB
No contact information provided at the time of disclosure.


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