Digital trade and customs specialist Ilona Kawka on the Single Trade Window

Mon 6 Feb 2023
Posted by: William Barns-Graham
Single Trade Window

Ilona Kawka, a digital trade and customs specialist at the Institute of Exports and International Trade (IOE&IT), here talks to the IOE&IT Daily Update about the importance of the UK’s plans to establish a Single Trade Window.

This new facility will allow traders to input all data relating to imports and exports in one place, rather than through multiple systems run by different border agencies and authorities.

The UK government has committed £180m to building it and said that it will “reduce the cost of trade by streamlining trader interactions with border agencies”.

“Here at the IOE&IT we have understanding and experience of the success factors from other international single window implementations,” says Kawka.

“I have myself been working with supply chains that used single windows to clear goods across the globe and having that global experience makes me certain the utilisation of a single window in the UK will make the market stronger and reduce the time of goods clearance.”