Functional Scope of the National Single Window for Trade in Sri Lanka

05 April 2018
Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo

IPS Research Fellow, Janaka Wijayasiri, recently pointed out that Sri Lanka does not currently have the facility for single submission to fulfill all import/export related activities. Sri Lanka Customs is partially automated and connected to some other agencies, but traders and agents still need to visit in person to submit paper documents, he noted.

He made these remarks at the first public-private dialogue on the National Single Window (NSW) organized by the International Trade center (ITC) in collaboration with the National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC). It was held on 05 April 2018 at the Cinnamon Grand, Colombo.

Dr. Wijayasiri and IPS researchers Kithmina Hewage, and Nuwanthi Senaratne, along with ITC expert Frank Janssens presented the Discussion Paper on the Functional Scope of the National Single Window for Trade in Sri Lanka during the event. The paper outlines the main functionalities of a Single Window and aims to create discussion between the public and private sector stakeholders of the NSW.

This is the first discussion paper in a series of four discussion papers to be presented on the single window to help the Sri Lankan government fulfill its obligation to the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). This project is part of the European Union (EU) – Sri Lanka Trade related Assistance funded by the EU.