Under the EU Directive 2010/65/EU, commonly known as the ‘FAL Directive’, Member States are mandated to adopt a Single Window system no later than 1 June 2015.
According to Inelcom, a common definition of the term ‘single window’ is “a facility that allows parties involved in trade and transport to lodge standardised information and documents with a single entry point to fulfil all import, export, and transit-related regulatory requirements. If information is electronic then individual data elements should only be submitted once.”
London-based Inlecom has developed the Guide & Check List within the eMAR research and development project which has been part-funded by DG MOVE, the European Commission’s executive body responsible for Mobility and Transport.
The company is providing a generic architecture for a Single Window taking into account both new legislation and existing practices.
Dr Takis Katsoulakos, director of Inlecom Systems, explains: “Over the years trade and transport related authorities have established an extensive range of authority-specific and country specific regulatory requirements for international trade and transport with little coordination amongst each other, either at the national, European, or international level. As a result, traders and transport operators are often faced with a complex set of duplicative and redundant reporting requirements.”
“Compliance support computer systems have also been produced with little attention to rationalising the underlying regulations and compliance processes. The net result is that compliance is a complex task particularly for SMEs and costs are generally high.”
“To address these issues a number of initiatives have emerged centred in the concept of a single point interaction between businesses and authorities commonly termed the Single Window (SW) with possible implementations at national level (NSWs) or at EU or international level.”
Inlecom says that over 30 countries from all regions of the world have introduced a Single Window facility, reducing the time and resources required by businesses in preparing, presenting and processing reporting requirements. It reports an improved trader compliance with an associated increase in government revenues, and more effective border control.
Interested parties can attend an industry workshop entitled ‘Requirements and Solutions for MSW’ which Inlecom will co-host with BMT Group in London on April 30th 2014.