Single Windows and Trade Facilitation. A Tool for Development
Global Trade Law Series Volume 49
This is the first book to critically examine the correlation between Single Windows and economic development.
About Single Windows
The Single Windows electronic environment, introduced as part of the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Trade Facilitation (ATF) in December 2013, promises to bring meaningful gains to all parties involved in cross-border commerce. The main value proposition for having a single window for a country or economy is to increase the efficiency through time and cost savings for traders in their dealings with government authorities for obtaining the relevant clearance and permit(s) for moving cargoes across national or economic borders. However, a common view in developing countries is that the system’s implementation costs far outweigh its presumed (and questionable) benefits.
How this book can help
The author analyses key challenges facing the adoption of Single Windows, and provides you with well-thought-out direction to help developing countries preparing to enforce the relevant provisions of the ATF. He sets out his views as to how trade facilitation, especially in its Single Windows guise, can enable the internal constraints of developing countries.
Comprehensive coverage includes:
- How Single Windows increases developing countries’ competitiveness in attracting export-oriented investors;
- How Single Windows plugs administrative loopholes that allow corruption to thrive;
- How Single Windows promotes efficiency in transmission of documents, border tax collection, and service delivery;
- Overcoming digital divide barriers and technological challenges;
- The crucial role of technical assistance and capacity building (TACB);
- The technological benefits of e-governance diffusion into an economy;
- Mitigating the protectionist policies exercised by developed countries;
- Legal concerns over electronically authenticated documents; and
- Managing Single Windows implementation and operational costs.
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About the Author
List of Abbreviations
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 The Importance of Single Windows as a Trade Facilitative Tool
Chapter 3 Single Window Systems and E-government Initiatives
Chapter 4 Single Window Systems as a Tool for Combating Corruption in Customs
Chapter 5 Attracting Foreign Direct Investment through Single Window Implementation
Chapter 6 Technological Challenges to Single Window Implementation in Developing Countries
Chapter 7 Legal Effectiveness of Electronic Trade Documents
Chapter 8 Conclusion
Table of Legislation and Regulation