Single Window Solutions & Trade Portals

IOS Partners has intimate knowledge in regards to implementing Single Window and Trade Portals worldwide. Among numerous other projects in investment promotion and trade facilitation pertaining to ICT, our firm has developed a “One Stop Shop” under service-oriented architecture in El Salvador, an e-government concept making trade-related services and products available in an easy-to-use virtual e-solution. We have completed other similar projects in Nicaragua and Colombia with great success.

IOS Partners has incorporated global best practices and standards in past projects. The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) defines Single Window Portals as a “facility that allows parties involved in trade and transport to lodge standardized trade-related information and/or documents to be submitted once at a single entry point to fulfill all import, export, and transit-related regulatory requirements.” UN Recommendation 33 identified the following as features of a successful Single Window: one time submission of standardized information and documents; sharing of information amongst government agencies; coordinated control and inspections of the various governmental authorities; allowance of payment of duties and other charges, and; a source of trade related government information.

Basic reasoning behind Single Window implementation in many countries is the establishment of standards, techniques and tools for simplifying and expending information flows between traders and the governmental authorities that help improve both imports and exports. The concept is recognized and promoted by several international organizations that are concerned with trade facilitation. Among these are the UNECE’s Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT), World Customs Organization (WCO), and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).