KATHMANDU, Jan 20: The government is launching a one-door system in imports and exports to minimize hassles that traders are forced to undergo in the office procedures.
The soon-to-be introduced platform entitled ‘Nepal National Single Window System’ will integrate the Department of Customs (DoC) with various government agencies that work as oversight bodies of the government and private sectors associated with the foreign trade, according to the Ministry of Finance (MoF).
The MoF, Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supply and Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development will be the key stakeholders to implement the system. The system facilitates the coordinated paperless works among the concerned authorities to issue licenses to the traders.
In many cases, traders have been facing problems in receiving permits from the government authorities concerned. For instance, an exporter of agricultural products needs to take permissions separately from the Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTQC), the Department of Commerce, Supplies and Consumer Protection and quarantine check post, among others, to get approval for an export license.
After the system comes to effect, the concerned traders do not require visiting various government offices to have their work done, as per the MoF officials. The DoC is commencing a common digital platform incorporating DFTQC, Department of Livestock Services and Plant Quarantine and Pesticides Management Center from next week in order to ease the process.
According to the DoC, all the government offices concerned will also be interlinked in the system. The DOC’s Director General Suman Dahal said the system will be expanded to 40 government offices and private organizations in the near future.
Implementation of Nepal National Single Window System is also expected to minimize leakage in the government revenue collection and ensure quick service delivery reducing unnecessary hassles that the traders are forced to face, reads MoF’s press release.