The ASEAN Single Window (ASW) is a unique regional initiative that connects and integrates National Single Windows (NSWs) of Member States. The ASW objective is to expedite cargo clearance within the context of increased economic integration in ASEAN. ASW implementation ensures compatibility of Member States NSWs with international open communication standards while also ensuring that each of those Member States can then exchange data securely and reliably with any trading partners that use international open standards. Simpler and faster processing time, and a more transparent way of doing business – these are the main goals of the ASEAN Single Window initiative.
The ASW currently supports the exchange of the intra-ASEAN certificate of origin (ATIGA Form D) and ASEAN Customs Declaration Document (ACDD) on a pilot basis among seven Member States and will be expanded to exchange other types of data. Eventually the ASW, because it uses international operability standards, can support the exchange of certificates of origin and advance cargo information with non-ASEAN trading partners. Other incremental benefits include legal inter-operability, support for ASEAN’s policy harmonization efforts (e.g. phytosanitary measures), and better view of data exchange among Member States.
On the institutional side, ASW development is managed by the ASW Steering Committee and supported by technical and legal working groups, which have been developing the technical and legal architectures. Consultations with the private sector have been initiated on data to be exchanged in the ASW architecture, as have been other complementary initiatives, such as the ASW sustainability study, which provided recommendations on governance, business model, and financial feasibility.
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