Single Trade Window: What could this mean to UK PLC?
Since the 1990s governments across the world have been gradually reshaping their borders to meet the needs of the businesses and citizens using them, rather than the public agencies that control them. We see this most clearly in the emergence of Single Trade Windows (STW) – digital systems that allow traders to submit all of their customs data to government in a single entry, instead of communicating with agencies individually.
The spread of STWs from Asia to the US and now Europe has become a key part of states’ appeal to business in an increasingly competitive global trade environment. According to one study, STWs increase trade by more than a third. To be without one is to impose administrative burdens on businesses that they can avoid elsewhere.
Leidos has commissioned the New Statesman to conduct a research study to understand in greater detail, industry’s attitude to this potentially transformative step in UK trade. The research conducted includes a survey of over 140 trade organisations and a range of experts on UK trade and global STW practices. This paper draws on the results of the survey and subsequent interviews with respondents.
We would like to thank the following experts for their valuable contribution:
■ David Henig, Director, UK Trade Policy Project
■ Sabine Henzler, Director for International and General Affairs, Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission
■ Anna Jerzewska, Director, Trade and Borders consultancy
■ Zahouani Saadaoui, Systems and Digitalisation manager, Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission
■ Liam Smyth, Director of Trade Facilitation, British Chambers of Commerce
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Jana is techUK’s Policy Manager for International Trade.
She supports techUK members in navigating international markets, including market access and regulatory challenges, and assists the tech sector in taking full advantage of UK’s trade deals. Her responsibilities also include driving the UK digital trade policy agenda. Jana is committed to promoting UK digital trade by engaging businesses, UK government and international partners.
Jana has several years of experience in trade promotion, public policy, and providing strategic advice on international expansion strategy to companies across a variety of sectors. Prior to techUK, she worked for the Department for International Trade, helping UK SMEs expand abroad.
She holds a MA in International Political Economy from King’s College London.