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Regional Talks To Improve Customs Single Window System

  Regional stakeholders yesterday gathered in Suva to discuss ways of finetuning and improving the Customs Single Window System. The workshop was organised jointly by the Fiji Revenue and Customs
26 Jul 2016 10:12
Regional Talks To Improve Customs Single Window System
Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority executives/officials and Oceania Customs Organisation representatives with Regional stakeholders and New High Commission team at the Single Clearance Workshop yesterday in Suva . Photo: KATHRIN KRISHNA

 

Regional stakeholders yesterday gathered in Suva to discuss ways of finetuning and improving the Customs Single Window System.

The workshop was organised jointly by the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority and the Oceania Customs Organisation.

The Single Window system is a new and innovative approach to border processing and clearance.

It allows traders to submit all import, export and transit information required by regulatory agencies via a single electronic gateway.

This is as opposed to the previous practice of submitting and processing the same information numerous times to various entities.

FRCA acting chief executive, Visvanath Das, said: “The ‘Single Window’ environment aims to expedite and simplify information flows between trade and government and bring meaningful gains to all parties involved in cross-border trade.

“In practical terms a ‘Single Window’ environment provides one ‘entrance’, either physical or electronic, for the submission and handling of all data, and documents related to the release and clearance of an international transaction.

“This ‘entrance’ is managed by one agency, which informs the appropriate agencies, and/or directs combined controls.”

Mr Das emphasised to participants that the implementation of a Single Window does not necessarily imply the use of high-tech information and communication technology.

“The Single Window concept can be implemented in a manual environment with the co-operation of all border authorities,” he said.

“However, countries may enjoy fuller benefits of a Single Window by using ICT and dataset standards commonly accepted by the relevant public and private stakeholders.

Mr Das believed the workshop would be a tool to identify emerging issues and address challenges to confidently tailor-make and implement it to the respective administrations.

 

NZ aid support

Meanwhile, New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji, Mark Ramsden, stressed the importance of trade in the Pacific for them and an enabler of growth.

“New Zealand recognises the importance of trade to development, which is why increasing the economic benefits from trade, is one of the main investment priorities for our aid programme,” he said.

“In the Pacific, Customs revenue is often the single most important stream of government revenue.

“Strengthening customs administrations is therefore critical to ensure Pacific Countries can fully maximise the benefits of trade and collect revenue to sustain government services.”

Edited by: RACHNA LAL

 

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