The European Commission has adopted a directive that will require ships routing through EU ports use a National Single Window by June 2015.
Vessels will need to submit electronic data via one single entry point, and the directive encourages EU member states to “step up efforts for this major simplification and harmonization of the current reporting procedures to become reality,” according to a European Commission press release announcing the report
Siim Kallas, the commission’s vice president responsible for transport, said in a statement, said the single window will reduce the present “administrative burden” carriers have to shoulder.
“Once in place, the National Single Windows will serve as the single entry point for maritime formalities,” he said in a statement. “I encourage the member states to continue their efforts so that the deadline of June 2015 can be achieved."