FAQ

WHAT IS THE ASEAN SINGLE WINDOW?
The ASEAN Single Window (ASW) is a key com-ponent of ASEAN’s plan to achieve an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015. ASEAN Member States are first establishing National Single Win-dows (NSWs) that allow traders to provide infor-mation only once for all government agencies involved in clearing cargo. National Single Windows allow agencies to process information simultaneously and deliver decisions through one channel. The ASW integrates these NSWs to facilitate trade through electronic exchange of cargo clearance data in a synchronized environment.

HOW DOES ASW HELP ASEAN?
The ASW will expedite cargo clearance, further integrate the region’s economies, and improve enforcement at the border. Since it operates mainly on the electronic submission, processing, and exchange of cargo clearance data, Member States will be able to use the ASW both for trade facilitation and improved compliance.

HOW IS IMPLEMENTATION PROGRESS-ING?
At the national level Singapore has operated its world renowned single window for over two dec-ades. Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand are at relatively advanced stages of NSW completion, while CLMV countries are implementing e-Customs platforms and launching NSW efforts. As these national efforts proceed, Member States have designed and are currently implementing a regional ASW architecture on a pilot basis with a view to further facilitate the exchange of cargo clearance data.

WHAT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED THUS FAR?
At the regional level, Member States have made progress in establishing the ASW regional architecture for an ASW Pilot Project involving seven AMS. They have also made progress in harmonizing data elements and developing software applications to facilitate the exchange of the ASEAN preferential certificate of origin and customs declarations data electronically. To create the appropriate legal environment for the ASW, Member States developed a basic legal framework for the ASW Pilot Project and are working towards a framework for the live environment. Several Member States have also conducted national-level legal gap analyses to ensure their legal environment supports the submission, exchange, archiving, equivalence, and use as evidence of electronic documentation in a single window environment. Finally, Member States have initiated private sector consultations on ASW with several roundtables taking place this year, the holding of an ASW Symposium, and development of an ASW Web Portal by end of 2012.

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