A timeframe for the implementation of a trade “single-window” is yet to be determined and depends on decisions still to be made by the federal government, delegates at the Ports Australia Biennial Conference in Darwin have heard.
Australian Border Force Deputy Commissioner Mandy Newton said government had been “extensively” exploring the implementation of the single window.
“Ultimately it’s a decision by the government, whether they wish to proceed in a particular financial year,” she said, noting that the scoping for the project had been extensive.
“Working toward a single window arrangement means a substantial investment.”
The single window concept aims to create a single digital interface between government and industry through which Australian businesses could meet all international trade regulatory requirements.
Continuing, Ms Newton said the ABF was keen to continue to engage with business to continue to refine its processes.
“We’re committed to improving our trade facilitation capability,” she said.
In response to a question on how the ABF was planning to interact with the “inland ports” and intermodal terminals being built in Australia, Ms Newton said it was something the ABF needed to explore in conjunction with industry.