Single Window Interoperability Recommendation No. 36 (UNECE and UN/CEFACT)
The scope of this Recommendation covers the interoperability between two or more electronic Single Windows in different countries or economies. It addresses the fundamentals needed for the exchange of information beyond the domain of a National Single Window.
The purpose of this Recommendation is to provide details on the preparations needed, including the models for information sharing that need to be developed, before implementing bilateral and regional Single Windows, and to give examples of best practice. It presumes that Recommendations n°33 on Single Window implementation, n°34 on data simplification and standardization, and n°35 on the enabling legal environment for Single Window implementation have already been followed. 8.
The objective of the present Recommendation is to highlight the issues, and offer options for the establishment of Single Window interoperability, regardless of whether the national facility is operated by the public or private sector. The aim of interoperability should be to exchange accurate, complete data (datasets) speedily, seamlessly and securely and to the greatest benefit for operators and users. The exchange of information could be bilateral, multilateral (sub-regional, regional) or international.