Project/Service

A. General Information

1. Title

Asia-Pacific Model E-port Network (APMEN)

2. Status of the project/service
Operating
3. Implementation period of the project/service:
From
11-2014
To
Present
5. Geographical coverage
APEC
6. Participating agencies/entities of the project/service:
a. Development stage
Lead agencies/entities
APEC
Other participating agencies/entities
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b. Operational stage
Lead agencies/entities
APEC
Other participating agencies/entities
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7. Main user groups of the project/services
Traders (big enterprises)
Traders (SMEs)
Transport
Customs brokers
Other Government Agencies (OGAs)
8. Process category of this project/service
regional cooperation network

B. Lessons Learned

9. Summary description of the project/service
a. Objective(s)

The overarching objective of APMEN is to promote supply chain connectivity and trade facilitation in the Asia-Pacific region. In compliance with international and domestic laws related to data security, APMEN endeavors to establish an information sharing network and cooperation platform with public and private stakeholders to achieve the following objectives:  

  • Making contributions to Supply Chain Connectivity Framework Action Plan Phase II (SCFAP II), where relevant. 

  • Making contributions to the APEC Connectivity Blueprint under the pillar of institutional connectivity.  

  • Making contributions to Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) implementation where relevant. 

b. Reason for initiation (background)

APEC has recognized the key importance of supply chain connectivity and trade facilitation in achieving free and open trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific. In 2010, APEC Leaders committed to “address impediments to moving goods and services through Asia-Pacific supply-chains …with a view to achieving an APEC-wide target of a ten percent improvement in supply-chain performance by 2015”. The 24th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM) adopted Supply Chain Connectivity Framework Action Plan (SCFAP) II 2017-2020 with the goal “to reduce trade costs across supply chains and to improve supply chain reliability in supporting the competitiveness of business in the Asia-Pacific region.” APEC Connectivity Blueprint 2015-2025 focuses on the physical, institutional and people-to-people connectivity. The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), which was concluded in 2013 and entered into force in February 2017, also highlighted trade facilitation as a key issue for global trade.  

Nowadays with the introduction and application of new technology developments opportunities have been created for improving regional supply chain connectivity. One potential solution to promote connectivity and improve business environment is E-port. The 2014 Meeting of APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade (MRT) noted that successful E-port framework could be one of the effective underlying solutions for helping APEC economies implement their Single Window programs. An E-port provides: 1) effective infrastructural ICT solution to enable the realization of modernizing manual paper-based trade to “digitalized” paperless trade; 2) integrated trade facilitation measures, such as “one-stop shop” services; and 3) mechanism to enable Public Private Partnership (PPP) for intra-agency, inter-agency and inter-economy coordination on cross-border supply chain management. 

c. Target process*

The focused areas of APMEN are as follows: 

  • Conduct information sharing on model E-Ports, including public-private dialogues and workshops to raise understanding of E-ports. 
  • Carry out case studies on how economies are using ICT infrastructure for trade facilitation and supply chain performance improvement.  
  • Carry out research to identify potential actions to improve supply chain interconnectivity and interoperability, including challenges, such as supply chain data exchange tools and standards, data visibility and mutual recognition of regulations.  
  • Conduct targeted capacity building activities and technical assistance. Private sectors, relevant international institutions and other interested stakeholders will be encouraged to contribute to this process based on non-member-participation procedures. 
  • Explore pilot projects in specific areas of model E-Ports. 
  • Put APMEN Implementation Measures for SCFAP II into practice and conduct solutions to the chokepoint 1, 2 and 4 of SCFAP II. 
  • Collaborate with other APEC fora such as APEC Secretariat, PSU, SCCP, TPTWG, ABAC, PECC, and other stakeholders as relevant. 
d. Overall architecture and functionalities*
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e. Relevant document/figure
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10. Documents and data exchanged via the project/service
  • Sea Freight Logistics information such as export events(container receipt, customs status, load containers to vessel, vessel depart) and import events(vessel arrival, unload containers from vessel, customs status, container departs the port)   

  • Air Freight Logistics information such as airway bill 

11. Data harmonized between agencies/entities/users

APMEN welcomes Ports or E-ports from APEC Economies to join, including but not limited to: 

- Public Sector: units or sectors in charge of international trade in APEC economies; units or sectors in charge of Single Window System or E-Port in APEC economies. ‍ 

- Private Sector: management companies on E-Port; Port operation companies; cargo hubs operation companies, service providers for Single Window System or E-Ports. 

 

  • List of APMEN Members: 

Currently APMEN has 19 members from 11 APEC economies. 

APMEM Members

12. Main challenges faced during the project/service

N/A

13. Lessons learned from the project/service

N/A

14. Main benefit(s) of the project/service
Enhanced regulatory compliance*
Transaction Cost savings*
Transaction Time savings
Simplified process
Increased trade flow
14A. Elaborations/detailed description on benefits gained:
  • Improve CT infrastructure and expand services capacity for each economy 

through information sharing, cooperation and capacity building. 

  • Engage local governments of cargo hubs to participate in APEC and to gain 

knowledge and explore cooperation opportunities through APEC’s platform.    

  • Develop “one‐stop‐shop” ICT service capacity at operational level through 

3rd party ICT infrastructural platform to fulfil needs of all public and 

private sector stakeholders. 

  • Catalyze improvement of supply chain efficiency and integration of  

regional supply‐chain through realizing data visibility for all stakeholders. 

  • Extend value added ICT service to enterprise: such as cross-border Supply Chain Management solutions and inquiry tools of Free Trade Agreement Preferential Tariffs.

15. Technical/financial/capacity building/other assistance
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16. Future plan for expansion of the project and service
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17. Other information or relevant references on the project and service
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18. Relevant document regarding the project/service
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C. Relevant Standards

20. Electronic message standard
20A. Electronic message standard supporting the project/service:
XML:
- Other XML format: ebXML(JSON)
20B. Type of standard for electronic message applied for the project/service
International standard
Proprietary solution
 
Proprietary solution was applied because:
- Need to adhere to existing ones, due to such reason as complying to requirements from partners and users
21. Technical communication standard
21A. Technical communication standard supporting the project/service
HTTP, FTP, MQ
21B. Type of technical communication standard applied for the project/service
Technical recommendations from international body(ies)
22. Security-related standards*
22A. Security-related standard supporting the project/service
RSA
22B. Type of security-related standard applied for the project/service
International standard
23. Other Technical Information
23A. Interface developed for data exchange with an internal system
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23B. Other technical implementation information
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