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Discussion Papers

The Data Pipeline

Imagine a data pipeline that integrates data from all the different sources in the supply chain. The data required by Customs and other regulatory agencies for an export declaration would be provided electronically at the point where a container is packed. These data are shared between the authorized stakeholders using latest Internet-based technologies.

Government agencies could use the data for better regulation and risk profiling. Private sector stakeholders could use them for better choices in the supply chain management and in the development of new services and products. Enhanced safety, security, legal compliance and reduced commercial risks are further benefits that the data pipeline would bring.


Ten years of Single Window Implementation: Lessons learned for the future

A “Single Window” is a facility that allows parties involved in trade and transport to submit standardized trade-related information only once, at a single entry point. This minimizes the time and costs related to fulfilling all import, export, and transit-related regulatory requirements. The Single Window was proposed by UNECE in 2005 as a way to enhance efficient information exchange between trading communities and governments.

This paper examines the Single Window concept and analyses its practical development over the past decade. It examines regional trends in Single Window implementation and provides an overview of the emerging information technology that might impact its future development.

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Provision of an infrastructure for exchange, recognition and use of documents in the process of trans-boundary interaction, including in the frames of single window systems’ work

(A document for discussion, presented by the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation)

Note : This paper was submitted by Mr. Alexander Sazonov, Nonсommercial Partnership "National Certification Authority", Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications (RCC), at the conference and is made available on the website at his request. The paper was not discussed at the conference.

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