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UN/CEFACT Mini Conference on Single Window Evolution

31 - 31 March 2017

Salle XXIV, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland


Single Window is evolving and adapting to the needs of both Government and Business in order to achieve more effective Trade Facilitation


Since the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) Recommendation n°33, which sets out the basis for establishing a single window environment, was published in July 2005, there has been an evolution of the implementation of such a mechanism. This is due to a number of differing driving forces including the World Trade Organisation’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, WCO support to members for Single Window implementation, regional and national priorities as well as the continuing advancement of technology, which requires the exchange of information at Government to Government, Business to Government and Business to Business level in order to achieve more effective Trade Facilitation.

This evolution of the Single Window environment has included developments such as themed Single Windows (e.g. Customs or Maritime Single Windows). The recently approved United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business’ (UN/CEFACT) “Technical Note on Terminology for Single Window and other electronic platforms” endeavours to provide a more consistent use of the term ‘Single Window’.


This mini conference entitled “Single Window Evolution” seeks to give practical examples of different types of Single Windows or similar platforms, ranging from customs, maritime, to full Single Window environments mandated by Governments as well as supply chain or logistics platforms. It will further be discussed how and why they have been implemented. Current and future technical solutions and challenges will also be explored.

The mini conference will provide participants an opportunity to understand the variety and evolution of Single Window within the Trade Facilitation environment.

Target audience

  • Member States who have a responsibility to implement trade facilitation measures through the WTO TFA; and
  • All parties that have an interest in easier cross border trade.


This mini conference is being jointly organised by the UN/CEFACT:

  • Single Window Domain within the International Trade Procedures PDA;
  • Customs Domain within Regulatory PDA;
  • Transport & Logistics Domain within the Ship PDA; and
  • Supply Chain Domain within the Buy/Pay PDA.