By providing support with digitalisation, optimisation and risk management, KGH helps customers to reduce CO2 emissions at borders, both in emerging economies and developed countries.

In 2015 the Member States of the United Nations unanimously adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The purpose is to mobilise all countries and stakeholders, acting in partnership, to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and preserve the environment, while ensuring no one is left behind. KGH is fully committed to the SDGs, the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and the Paris Climate Agreement.

International trade has been recognised by the UN as an engine for inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction, and an important means for achieving the SDGs. Trade facilitation can reduce costs, increase opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises, and spark competitiveness, productivity, innovation and growth. In this light, the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement also plays a key role by fostering faster, easier and less costly cross-border trade flows for trade-led growth and inclusive sustainable development.

KGH contribute to this important agenda in several ways

One of the focus areas within the KGH Sustainability Programme is Sustainable Customs Processes to help reduce CO2 emissions at borders – both in emerging economies and developed countries.

“We work closely with the World Bank in helping emerging economies to better understand their bottlenecks towards streamlined border management by conducting Time Release Studies,” says Patrik Heinesson, Executive Director,Global Consulting, at KGH. “We also support various countries in implementing state-of-the-art sustainable and scalable Customs and border management processes.”

KGH projects include the implementation of:

  • Efficient and effective Risk Management, which is a backbone of modern border management and reduces inspection rates.
  • Post-Clearance Audits, part of the broader development of moving Customs activities away from traditional border controls to the post-clearance environment embedded in a wider trade facilitation context.
  • Trusted Trader or Authorised Economic Operator programmes – creating a Green Lane at the border for those companies with trusted status.
  • National and Digital Single Windows – moving towards paperless trade and creating a one-stop shop for traders to manage their imports/exports, rather than having to go from one government agency office to another, wasting time and being stuck in traffic.

“We support companies in optimising their border operations, with digital Customs processes and Trusted Trader Programmes that can handle the flexibility and complexity of the real world and ensure that international trade is a facilitator for business growth,” says Patrik Heinesson.

All of this contributes to less paper waste, less waiting time at borders by polluting trucks, and therefore less burden on the environment.

Going forward, KGH continues to be a proud partner for the implementation of the SDGs, the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and the Paris Climate Agreement.

“We look forward to further efforts with businesses and governments in our mission to facilitate trade for sustainable growth,” Patrik Heinesson concludes.


Sustained Economic Growth and Decent Work:

When it is easier to trade, more trade happens. It encourages long-term investment, job creation and can reduce inequality and poverty. Duty and tax collection at borders is an important source of revenue for many countries. By investing in modern, simplified operations, governments can reduce operating costs and become more efficient while bringing in higher levels of revenue through increased trade and economic growth.


Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions:

The WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, paperless trade and related capacity building, partly through our Trade & Customs Academy, will strengthen transparency and integrity in the processes around cross-border trade.