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Ports and Harbours Bureau
Promotion of the "Single Window" system for import/export procedures and port-related procedures

Summary

  To strengthen the global competitiveness of Japan's port and harbors, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport has been promoting the "Single Window" system for import/export procedures and port-related procedures in cooperation with related government offices, such as the Ministry of Finance.
  With the realization of the "Single Window" system for import/export procedures and port-related procedures, Japan has created a simplified system from a procedures perspective that is easy for users to apply, and inexpensive to operate, while also taking international standards into consideration.
  Specifically, this system has made it possible to complete the procedures for multiple administrative agencies of the relevant ministries through one-time input and transmission, by mutually linking and operating various systems including the Port EDI system, the Nippon Automated Cargo Clearance System (NACCS) and the Crew Landing Permit Support System.
  The "Single Window" system for import/export procedures and port-related procedures was implemented in July 2003. Currently the bureau is working to achieve further simplifications, corresponding to the reduction in the number of application items made possible by the signing of the FAL Convention (1965 Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic) in November 2005.
  The bureau believes these changes will result in improving the convenience of Japan's ports and harbors and strengthening their global competitiveness.
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