Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) countries are committed to transform the ASEAN Single Window into a single market and production base by 2015.
In a meeting conducted at the Bureau of Customs, Manila last May 10, 2013, one of the major points discussed was the development of a highly competitive economic region fully integrated into the global economy through the removal of tariffs and nontariffs barriers and harmonization of customs procedures for the free flow of goods. To implement this, ASEAN member states signed in July 2011 a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the implementation of a Pilot Project.
The ASEAN Single Window (ASW) was established to connect 10 national single windows including that of the Dangerous Drugs Board. Each national window will expedite border clearance of goods by providing traders a single point for submitting clearance documentation and data.
The ASW provides a secure and efficient mechanism for communication among the national windows that reduces the cost of doing business for ASEAN traders, encourages trade and investment within ASEAN countries. This is expected to result in greater transparency, efficiency, and savings in government operations.