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Single Windows and Trade Facilitation

ISBN13: 9789041158345
Published: June 2015
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £167.00

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This is the first book to critically examine the correlation between Single Windows and economic development.

About Single Windows

The Single Windows electronic environment, introduced as part of the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Trade Facilitation (ATF) in December 2013, promises to bring meaningful gains to all parties involved in cross-border commerce. The main value proposition for having a single window for a country or economy is to increase the efficiency through time and cost savings for traders in their dealings with government authorities for obtaining the relevant clearance and permit(s) for moving cargoes across national or economic borders. However, a common view in developing countries is that the system’s implementation costs far outweigh its presumed (and questionable) benefits.

How this book can help

The author analyses key challenges facing the adoption of Single Windows, and provides you with well-thought-out direction to help developing countries preparing to enforce the relevant provisions of the ATF. He sets out his views as to how trade facilitation, especially in its Single Windows guise, can enable the internal constraints of developing countries.

Comprehensive coverage includes:

  • How Single Windows increases developing countries’ competitiveness in attracting export-oriented investors;
  • How Single Windows plugs administrative loopholes that allow corruption to thrive;
  • How Single Windows promotes efficiency in transmission of documents, border tax collection, and service delivery;
  • Overcoming digital divide barriers and technological challenges;
  • The crucial role of technical assistance and capacity building (TACB);
  • The technological benefits of e-governance diffusion into an economy;
  • Mitigating the protectionist policies exercised by developed countries;
  • Legal concerns over electronically authenticated documents; and
  • Managing Single Windows implementation and operational costs.
You’ll find clear advice as to how the adoption of Single Windows can improve the quality of business and administrative decision making, and promote economic development. The author looks at the importance of Single Windows as a trade facilitative tool, and discusses e-government initiatives. He explores Single Windows as a tool to combat corruption in customs, and how to attract foreign investment through Single Windows implementation. The work explores the technological challenges to Single Window implementation in developing countries, and looks at the legal effectiveness of electronic trade documents. This work will be of interest to policy makers and anyone involved in trade facilitation who needs to know more about how Single Windows can help them.

International Trade
About the Author
List of Abbreviations

Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 The Importance of Single Windows as a Trade Facilitative Tool
Chapter 3 Single Window Systems and E-government Initiatives
Chapter 4 Single Window Systems as a Tool for Combating Corruption in Customs
Chapter 5 Attracting Foreign Direct Investment through Single Window Implementation
Chapter 6 Technological Challenges to Single Window Implementation in Developing Countries
Chapter 7 Legal Effectiveness of Electronic Trade Documents
Chapter 8 Conclusion

Table of Legislation and Regulation

Series: Global Trade Law

Theories and Practices of Compliance with WTO Law ISBN 9789041132284
Published September 2012
Kluwer Law International
Global Textiles and Clothing Trade: Trade Policy Perspectives ISBN 9789041138750
Published April 2012
Kluwer Law International
Trade, Health, and the Burden of Proof in WTO Law ISBN 9789041138255
Published December 2011
Kluwer Law International
India: Commercial Law, Customs and Taxation ISBN 9789041128362
Published August 2011
Kluwer Law International
Regulation of Energy in International Trade Law: WTO, NAFTA and Energy Charter ISBN 9789041132642
Published July 2011
Kluwer Law International
Globalization and Animal Law: Comparative Law, International Law and International Trade ISBN 9789041133380
Published April 2011
Kluwer Law International
Out of print
Legal Guide to GATS ISBN 9789041128249
Published November 2010
Kluwer Law International
Customs Law of East Asia ISBN 9789041133342
Published November 2010
Kluwer Law International
International Trade in Gambling Services ISBN 9789041132482
Published May 2010
Kluwer Law International
Mexico in the WTO: An Anatomy of its Participation in Dispute Proceedings ISBN 9789041131690
Published October 2009
Kluwer Law International