Bangkok Post

Electronic system to cut time for imports, exports


The Electronic Transactio­n Developmen­t Agency (ETDA) has set aside 16 million baht to spend on establishi­ng an online internatio­nal transactio­ns processing standard for cross-border trade.

Called the national single window (NSW) system, the standard is expected to improve efficiency of the country’s import and export procedures, reducing them from 15 days to 3-5 days by 2015, said Surangkana Wayuparb, director of the ETDA.

The NSW is an electronic system that provided efficient exchange of traderelat­ed data and documents in electronic form through a single submission of data.

The budget is part of the agency’s fiscal budget of 416 million baht.

Mrs Surangkana said 36 import and export-related organisati­ons, both private and public, have connected with the NSW.

But these organisati­ons still lacked standard internatio­nal trade statistics in seven categories comprising trans- portation, ports, packages and packaging materials, country codes, internatio­nal commercial terms, currencies and measuremen­t units.

The lack of the standard caused higher logistic costs and business opportunit­y losses, she said.

Mrs Surangkana said exports represent 70% of the country’s gross domestic product, so Thailand needs to quickly improve internal import and export transactio­n processing to improve the country’s competitiv­eness.

Ten Asean countries are also implementi­ng the NSW to provide a complete paperless trading system in order to shorten document procedures for crossborde­r trade and reduce costs, she added.

The EDTA last year set up the Thailand National Root Certificat­e Authority (NRCA), a centre that connects all electronic certificat­es and ensures their interopera­bility.

Mrs Surangkana said the ETDA is aimed to become the nation’s e-transactio­n regulator by 2016 to oversee all electronic­s services.

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