About ASEAN Single Window

Introduction

The ASEAN Single Window (ASW) connects and integrates the National Single Windows (NSW) of ASEAN Member States (AMS) to exchange electronic trade-related documents. The system enables a single submission of data, a single synchronous processing of information and a single decision-making for Customs release and clearance among AMS and participating countries.

ASW is the environment that provides the secure information technology (IT) architecture and legal framework that will allow trade, transport, and commercial data to be exchanged electronically among government agencies and private sectors. ASW aims to expedite the cargo clearance process, reduce cost and time of doing business, and enhance trade efficiency and competitiveness.

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Scope and status of the ASW

The ratification of the Protocol on the Legal Framework to Implement the ASW (PLF) has enabled the Live Operation of the ASW between Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam since 1 January 2018, which was followed by Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and the Philippines in 2019. Under the live operation of the ASW, granting of preferential tariff treatment would be based on the Certificate of Origin (CO) Form D under the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA) that is electronically transmitted via the ASW (ATIGA e-Form D).

Based on the Regional Services (RS) Portal, the ASW exchanged more than 500,000 of the ATIGA e-Form D in 2019, expediting cargo clearance and reducing paperwork for traders.

With the successful on-boarding of all AMS for the live operation of the ASW, AMS are now working on expansion of the ASW for the electronic exchange of other trade-related documents such as:

  • The exchange of ASEAN Customs Declaration Document (ACDD) are currently being tested among ready AMS and expected for the Live Operation within 2020; and
  • AMS are currently preparing their national system and regulations to allow the exchange of electronic Phytosanitary (e-Phyto) Certificate, electronic Animal Health (e-AH) Certificate and electronic Food Safety (e-FS) Certificate through the ASW.

The ASW Outreach Programmes

Public outreach activities have been conducted through a numbers of events organised by the USAID project, namely i) the ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment project (US-ACTI); and ii) ASEAN-USAID IGNITE, in partnership with the ASEAN Secretariat, such as:

The ASW Symposiums:

  1. the 1st Symposium on the ASEAN Single Window and National Single Windows, was held in September 2012, Jakarta, Indonesia;
  2. the 2nd Symposium on the ASEAN Single Window and National Single Windows, was held in November 2015, Singapore, which aimed to provide opportunities for AMS officials and private sectors in discussing the development and raise awareness about the implementation of ASW;
  3. the 3rd ASW Symposium: Current Impact and Future Opportunities, was held in June 2018, Singapore, which aimed to facilitate broad discussion with private sector regarding the recent development and future plan for the ASW; and
  4. the 4th ASW Symposium: The Way Forward was held in June 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand, which aimed to strengthen engagement with the private sector on promotion of the ASW and possible expansion to other trade-related documents, moving beyond the existing exchange of the ATIGA e-Form D.

Other events:

  1. Regional Workshop on ASW Gateway Software Training, in 16-17 March 2016, Singapore, the purpose of this workshop was to ensure that the trainees could utilize the key administrative, monitoring and troubleshooting functions required to competently operate the ASW Gateway Software;
  2. Electronic Sanitary and Phytosanitary (e- SPS) Data Harmonization Workshop, in 23-24 November 2016, Bangkok, Thailand, which aimed to provide a better understanding to the Member States on the technical requirements in developing and facilitating the exchange of the e-SPS certificates in the ASW;
  3. the workshop on Risk Management and Pre-Arrival Customs Clearance, in May 2018, Yangon, Myanmar, which aimed to discuss on possible use of ASW platform to introduce risk management techniques to support pre-arrival Customs clearance in the region by using Single Window data; and
  4. ASEAN and USAID Workshop on Exchanging Fisheries Catch Documentation and Traceability Information Through the ASW: Benefits and Costs, in June 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand.

The symposiums have become annual outreach programmes for the private sectors and Dialogue Partners. For further information, the ASW brochure is available through this link.

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