Mongolia: Customs Modernization Project

Sovereign Project | 35376-033 Status: Closed

The Asian Development Bank is working Mongolia to automate customs systems, improve infrastructure at major customs houses and customs border posts, and improve interagency coordination and regional cooperation.

Project Details

Project Officer
Zhang, Yuebin East Asia Department Request for information
  • Mongolia
  • Grant
  • Loan
  • Industry and trade
Project Name Customs Modernization Project
Project Number 35376-033
Country Mongolia
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2307-MON: Customs Modernization Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 5.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Industry and trade - Trade and services

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

Mongolia has amended its Customs Law.

The Customs Automated Information System has been formally set up and officially accepted.

Regional customs cooperation, particularly with PRC has made good progress. The MON-PRC joint customs control (JCC) has been piloted at Zamyn-Uud and Erenhot since 15 Dec 2009, and the harmonized cargo manifest for road transportation has been used, contributing to reduction of clearance time at the border. In June 2011, the two customs further agreed to expand JCC pilot to another pair of border crossing points.

The project is near completion, and will be financially closed by August 2011.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

ADB approved on 16 June 2008, EA's request for the reallocation of loan proceeds and minor changes in implementation arrangements as follows:

(i) Name of Component 1 of the Project from "Migration and Upgrading of the GAMAS" to "Customs Automated Information System";

(ii) Procurement method from National Competitive Bidding to International Competitive Bidding; and

(iii) Reallocation of ADB loan proceeds among items under Components 1 and 2.

Component 1 is completed. The CAIS was officially accepted on 5 July 2010 after a pilot operation for about one year. The performance of CAIS has generally been stable, and most of the customs declarations are being made on line. IA is planning to install a back-up server for better protection of customs data, to be financed by the loan savings and contigencies.

Procurement under Component 2 is near completion. Contracts for Subcomponent 1 (regional customs labs) have been delivered, and contracts for Subcomponent 2 (X-ray inspection equipment) were awarded on 6 December 2010.

Under Component 3 (institutional strengthening), a series of domestic and international traning activities have been organized on various subjects, benefitting about 1500 participants, including MCGA officials, customs officers at the key customs houses, traders, customs brokers, carriers and forwarders, commercial bank officers, and other business users. IA is also developing a plan to reorganize the MCGA IT Center and to build capacities further.

ADB has fileded loan review missions regularly. As of December 2010, six review missions have been conducted. The overall implementation is on track, and most of the loan covenents have been met. Next loan review mission is planned for the thrid quarter of 2011 to discuss, among other things, the prepartion of the project completion report. The project is expected to close in August 2011.

Geographical Location Mongolia

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design All key government agencies have been active in adopting reform measures. The Government has reiterated that the measure is a priority in its policy reform agenda.
During Project Implementation Seminars/training/workshops

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

The grant will fund a total of 4.5 person-months of international and 44.5 person-months of national consultants. These relate to business process and ICT implementation (4.5 person-months international and 5 person-months national), interagency coordination (3.5 person-months national), as well as project performance monitoring (36 person-months national).

The consultants will be engaged either as individuals following the Individual Consultant's Selection (ICS) method or as consulting firm(s) to be selected following the Consultants' Qualification Selection (CQS) method. Services in relation to surveys and publications will be engaged through the least cost selection (LCS) method in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by Asian Development Bank and its Borrowers.

Procurement Goods, works and related services to be financed out of the proposed ADB loan will be procured according to ADB's Procurement Guidelines. Contracts valued at $500,000 or more will be procured through International Competitive Bidding (ICB) procedures. Contracts valued at less than $500,000 will be procured using National Competitive Bidding (NCB) procedures. Minor items of equipment and materials estimated to cost at $100,000 or less will be procured through Shopping procedures.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Zhang, Yuebin
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Mgt, Financial Sector and Regional Coop Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance
Mr. B. Khurenbaatar
Fax No. (976-11) 262272
Government Building-2
Negdsen Undestnii gudamj-5/1
Ulaanbaatar-210646, Mongolia


Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 11 May 2006
Last PDS Update 14 Dec 2011

Grant 0070-MON

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
20 Dec 2006 06 Feb 2007 21 May 2007 31 Aug 2010 31 Aug 2011 11 Jan 2012
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 0.09 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 20 Dec 2006 0.00 0.48 96%
Counterpart 0.09 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 20 Dec 2006 0.00 0.48 96%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

Loan 2307-MON

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
20 Dec 2006 06 Feb 2007 21 May 2007 31 Aug 2010 31 Aug 2011 13 Dec 2011
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 5.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 5.00 20 Dec 2006 0.00 5.13 99%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 20 Dec 2006 0.00 5.20 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

Title Document Type Document Date
Mongolia: Customs Modernization Project Project Performance Evaluation Reports Jul 2016
Mongolia: Customs Modernization Project Validations of Project Completion Reports Feb 2015

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Contracts Awarded

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Procurement Plan

Title Document Type Document Date
Customs Modernization Project Procurement Plans Feb 2010