Inlecom Launches EU Maritime Single Windows Checklist

Posted by Michelle Howard
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Photo: Inlecom

Inlecom Systems Ltd., the transport and logistics research and innovation company, has launched the first ever guide and checklist to enable maritime authorities and trade organizations to fulfill their obligation to deliver ship reporting formalities in electronic format via a Single Window. This is a timely and significant step forward because 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 June 1, 2015.

The development of the guide and checklist by Inlecom has been undertaken 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. It has been designed to help authorities to take advantage of the new directive to both ease administrative burden and improve cooperation between maritime organizations.

Embedded within an eMAR Report, published today, in which Inlecom examines Maritime Single Windows developments, Inlecom provides a generic architecture for Single Window taking into account both new legislation and existing practices; it can be downloaded from http://www.emarproject.eu/ or http://www.inlecom.com/default.aspx?articleID=3194.

A common definition of the term "single window" is a facility that allows parties involved in trade and transport to lodge standardized information and documents with a single entry point to fulfill all import, export and transit-related regulatory requirements. If information is electronic then individual data elements should only be submitted once.

Dr. Takis Katsoulakos, Director of the Inlecom Systems and author of the report, explained, “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.

He continued, “Compliance support computer systems have also been produced with little attention to rationalizing the underlying regulations and compliance processes. The net result is that compliance is a complex task particularly for SMEs and costs are generally high; both factors hinder trade development with implications on economic growth. To address these issues a number of initiatives have emerged centered 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.  Although Single Window concepts and solutions were first developed for trade facilitation (Customs), in recent years transport Single Windows have been used mainly in the maritime sector. Our Report draws together the key Single Windows developments and best practices and provides a coherent and practical way forward.”

Notably, more than 30 countries from all regions of the world have introduced a Single Window facility and have achieved considerable advantages. These  include a significant improvement in the time and resources required by businesses in preparing, presenting and processing reporting requirements with an associated decrease in trade transaction costs and an improved trader compliance through more complete, accurate and timely data submission with an associated increase in government revenues, and more efficient and effective border management and control.

Interested parties can find out more about Maritime Single Windows by downloading a copy of the Inlecom guideline and checklist and by attending an industry workshop in London on April 30, 2014 entitled “Requirements and Solutions for MSW,'  which Inlecom will co-host with  BMT Group.
 

Maritime Reporter March 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

New Products

Claxton’s Camera Upgrade Puts Crane Safety in Focus

Claxton Engineering Services Ltd, an Acteon company, launched the latest version for its ATEX and safe-area crane boom cameras to improve operational safety through

Marine Toilet Features Simple Installation

The new straightforward design of Raritan's SeaEra QC toilet is engineered to ensure simple installation onboard a vessel. It also gives boat owners a choice of controls for maximum flexibility.

European Launch of SMS at Counter Terror Expo

Kelvin Hughes is delighted to announce that it will be displaying its new Single Mast Solution (SMS) at Counter Terror Expo 2014 from April 29-30. This will be

News

Mitsui O.S.K. Ship Ready To Leave Chinese Port

Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd said on Thursday that its ship, the "Baosteel Emotion" 226,434 deadweight-tonne ore carrier, is ready to leave

Body Of Korean Boy Who Raised Alarm On Sinking Ferry Found

The body of a South Korean boy whose shaking voice first raised the alarm that a passenger ferry with hundreds on board was in trouble has been found, his parents believe,

UASC Introduces New Asia - Europe Network

UASC has introduced its new Asia – Europe Network with three new services (AEC1, AEC3, AEC4), and two enhanced services (AEC8, AEC9). These services will broaden

Logistics

No Lift for Konecranes as Q1 2014 Profit Slips

Finnish crane maker Konecranes on Thursday reported a 32-percent fall in its core quarterly operating profit amid slow demand and tight competition. January-March 2014 operating profit,

Limited US Arctic Commercial Development Foreseen: GAO Report

Decreasing seasonal sea ice has opened up Arctic waters for longer periods with resulting potential economic opportunities in commercial shipping, cruises, commercial fishing, oil, and mining.

Brokers Marcon Conclude Ocean Deck Barge Sale

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington says that Pacific Coast Maritime, Inc., Seattle, Washington, a subsidiary of Harley Marine Services, Seattle,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Naval Architecture Navigation Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1305 sec (8 req/sec)