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 or

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 Today

The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter November 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

New Products

SSI to Unveil ShipConstructor 2016 R2 at WorkBoat

SSI's latest release, ShipConstructor 2016 R2 will be unveiled for the first time in public at the International WorkBoat Show, December 1-3, in New Orleans.   According to SSI,

Rolls-Royce to Exhibit Power Offerings at WorkBoat

Rolls-Royce will showcase its latest marine power innovations, including several MTU commercial marine products and systems, at the International Workboat Show 2015, December 1-3 in New Orleans.

Available: 300 Free Systems; Wanted: 300 Ships

Which will be the first 300 ships in the world to test and validate Sea Traffic Management (STM) with updated systems free-of-charge?   As the shipping domain


Idling Fleet Continues to Surge

Owners are rapidly laying up containerships as the market slows. The size of the idle fleet will get bigger while rates and profits slide, says Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited.

Tote Cargo ship adrift near Haida Gwaii

The MV North Star, a cargo ship that is owned by TOTE Maritime, spent more than half a day adrift Tuesday off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.   The Canadian

USNS Maury Completes Acceptance Trials

USNS Maury (T-AGS 66) completed Acceptance Trials, November 6, following a week of extensive ship tests and underway events, included testing of major propulsion,


Shipping to See Further Consolidation

The CMA CGM's move to buy Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), could lead to one of the biggest acquisitions in the shipping container industry in years.   If it goes through,

Maersk to Idle Vessel

The world's biggest container-ship operator Maersk Line  has confirmed market talk that it has temporarily idled one of its largest vessels - yet another sign that the industry is in dire straits,

Idling Fleet Continues to Surge

Owners are rapidly laying up containerships as the market slows. The size of the idle fleet will get bigger while rates and profits slide, says Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited.

Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Ship Repair Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
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: 0.1810 sec (6 req/sec)