Published on October 30, 2007
Somnuk Keretho, director of Innova who studied the development of the Thailand Single Window electronic logistics system, said Thailand should set up joint venture company between government and private sectors at the ratio 49:51. It should be the national operator to provide Single Window Entry electronic logistics to manage document processes and communication among government agencies and the private sector including electronic messaging, trade compliance and trade supply chains so businesses could reduce document processing before they import products.
He said a problem existed in document processing by exporters of local products, causing financial losses and lost opportunities. Export business spend around 24 days per one shipment transaction and connect with more than 29 government agencies and businesses related to import and export procedures to process documents before delivering them to the international market.
He also said that under the national and regional Single Window systems, the government should allow agencies related to imports and exports to connect together to increase efficiency and reduce the complexity of information.
In the first step, the study suggested the government connect 10 agencies to the Thailand Single Window for electronic logistics and all agencies concerned with international trade should be able to connect to the national and regional Single Windows within three years. Thailand would then be able to reduce document processing from 24 days to 15 days.
"Around 20 per cent of government agencies have document processes related to import and export businesses, so Thailand should provide a national Single Window to improve productivity and competitiveness as well as enhance trade facilitation to promote electronic transactions," said Somnuk.