A. General Information

1. Title

Pacific Alliance- Electronic exchange of customs information (Chile, Mexico,Peru,Columbia)

2. Status of the project
3. Implementation period of the project/service:
2017- Electronic exchange of pythosanitary certificates, 2018- Electronic exchange of certificates of origin
5. Geographical coverage
Regional: Latin America
Participating countries: Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru
6. Participating agencies/entities of the project/service:
a. Development stage
Lead agencies/entities
The administrations of member countries
Other participating agencies/entities
b. Operational stage
Lead agencies/entities (op)
The administrations of member countries, Private Software Company (Crimson Logic), IDB (Inter-American Development Bank)
Other participating agencies/entities (op)
7. Main stakeholders/beneficiaries of the project
Traders (big enterprises)
Traders (SMEs)
Customs brokers
8. Business process category of the project
Regulatory/official control

B. Lessons Learned

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

The Pacific Alliance member countries established their single windows between 2006 and 2013, allowing economic operators to process permits and authorizations from a single website, and, in some cases, to pay fees for foreign trade operations. Single windows bring a series of benefits, including shorter processing times, lower costs, and less uncertainty. They also improve coordination and transparency among public entities.

To expand these benefits, the Pacific Alliance countries launched its interoperability project in 2016 with the goal of connecting its single windows and exchanging, in real time, the information contained in the main documents that accompany foreign trade operations. The Pacific Alliance countries began exchanging phytosanitary certificate data in 2017 and certificate of origin data in 2018.

The process involves bilateral point-to-point data exchanges, without going through a central body. This means that the model does not depend on a central coordinator, which makes it more sustainable and enables other countries in the region to join.

b. Business need for the project (background)

The need to make trade more sufficient, improve risk management procedures at border, and promote international standards.

c. Business process covered*

Single windows are the only channel of interoperability for trade related documents on information delivered by parties.

Single Windows’ interoperability must secure secure the availability of documents and information in accordance with the operations’ conditions set forth by parties.

Each Single Window must exchange information with foreign trade systems as appropriate in its territory, to facilitate the entry and departure of goods.

Each SW must exchange information with foreign trade systems as appropriate in its territory, to facilitate the entry and departure of goods.

d. Overall architecture and functionalities*

What is the overall architecture and functionalities*

e. Relevant document/figure
10. Documents and data exchanged via the project

Electronic exchange of phytosanitary certificates

Electronic exchange of certificates of origin.

11. Data models/databases, proprietary solutions, hybrid approaches

Exchange of phytosanitary certificates are based on UN model and standards.

Exchange of certificates of origin  are based on WCO standards.

12. Main challenges faced during the project

Technical, legal issues with regards to making single windows interoperable.

13. Lessons learned from the project
14. Main benefit(s) of the project
Enhanced regulatory compliance*
Transaction Cost savings*
Transaction Time savings
Simplified process
14A. Elaborations/detailed description on benefits gained

Costs for foreign trade procedures has been cut.

Processing time was reduced.

Waiting time to clear customs was cut.

15. Technical/financial/capacity building/other assistance

Technical solution by software company(CrimsonLogic)

Support from IDB (Inter-American Development Bank)

16. Future plan for expansion of the project

The Pacific Alliance countries have set the goal of building on this solution by adding new certificates and documents to the program and including other strategic trade partners.

17. Other information or relevant references on the project

18. Relevant document regarding the project

C. Relevant Standards

20. Electronic message standard
20A. Electronic message standard supporting the project
20B. Type of standard for electronic message applied for the project
International standard
21. Technical communication standard
21A. Technical communication standard supporting the project
21B. Type of technical communication standard applied for the project
22. Security-related standards*
22A. Security-related standard supporting the project
22B. Type of security-related standard applied for the project
23. Other Technical Information
23A. Interface developed for data exchange with an internal system
23B. Other technical implementation information