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Advance data sharing pinpoints risks
PHNOM PENH – Cambodia has officially launched the Global Travel Assessment System (GTAS), letting it receive passenger data in advance of their arrival.
Benefits include increasing the efficiency of Customs and Excise and helping prevent cross-border crime at international airports, the General Department of Customs and Excise says.
It will also contribute to the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing, combating drug trafficking and promoting legal trade facilitation, as well as boosting tourist flows.
The system, launched on April 22, has had financial support, technical cooperation and training from the World Customs Organization.
The technology will connect and transmit Advance Passenger Information (API) and the Passenger Name Record (PNR) from national and international airlines.
Adoption of the system is another step for the government in line with the World Customs Security Program's use of API / PNR information to monitor the travel of high-risk individuals in the spirit of UN Security Council resolutions.
The system does not require a fee from tourists, nor does it add to the state budget. It contributes to the roadmap of Cambodia's tourism and rehabilitation after the COVID-19 crisis.