Countries / Territories

Overview of our achievements in Trade Facilitation

  • Transport - logistics - distribution

    Trade Facilitation Activities

    • Raising awareness on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: following the adoption of the TFA, ITC took the first step in providing technical assistance by publishing a guide for businesses to understand the Agreement: “WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement - A Business Guide for Developing Countries”. This publication was well received by the trade community as it provided straightforward and jargon free explanation of the TFA and highlighted the expected benefits of its implementation for the private sector.
    • Publishing a brochure on timelines of the Trade Facilitation Agreement: ITC held a consultative session with LDCs in April, 2014 where majority of countries requested collaboration of ITC for understanding the requirements of the Trade Facilitation Agreement and its implementation. ITC shared with the participants a brochure highlighting the timeline for key actions required from WTO and its Member for smooth and efficient implementation of the TF Agreement.
    • Identifying non-tariff barriers to trade: ITC’s programme on non-tariff measures (NTMs) aims to increase transparency and assist countries in better understanding the obstacles to trade faced by the business community and, in particular, the procedural impediments of cross-borders operations. In close collaboration with national and regional stakeholders, ITC has conducted surveys in 23 countries, interviewing over 10,000 companies to help countries identifying and defining national strategies and policies that help overcome barriers to trade. 
    • Publishing Reports on Trade Policy for Export Competitiveness: In ITC publications trade facilitation has figured prominently. The National Trade Policy for Export Competitiveness published by ITC in 2011 included a chapter on trade facilitation titled ‘moving goods across borders effectively’. This helped to improve the understanding of the private sector and border regulatory agencies about dynamics and benefits of trade facilitation and WTO negotiations for the Trade Facilitation Agreement. ITC studies also put an emphasis on showcasing country experiences and best practices in public private collaboration to enable trade facilitation reform. Case studies include: Public - Private Partnership on Integrated Customs Services in Ghana or Public-Private Sector Collaboration for Improving the Business Environment in Malaysia.
    • Building private sector capacity to engage in public private dialogue on trade facilitation: ITC enhances the capacity of the private sector in developing countries to engage effectively in a fruitful dialogue with government and to facilitate the creation of multi-stakeholder platforms for this dialogue to take place. ITC has long lasting experience in bringing the private sector’s perspective at the policy makers’ levels on thematic trade facilitation issues. ITC recently took the lead in the implementation of the Public-Private-Dialogue component in the Regional Integration initiative “PACIR program” in Ivory Coast. In this project ITC facilitated dialogue between the business communities and government, ensuring that the interests of the private sector were taken into account during negotiations on common external tariffs.
    • Mainstreaming Trade Facilitation in National Export Strategy (NES): ITC-facilitated NES systematically mainstream trade facilitation issues. Typically, the NES design process includes trade facilitation as a key “cross-sectorial” function within the overall national strategy to raise trade competitiveness. The ITC’s participatory approach ensures that policymakers look beyond improved tariff and tax collection, by addressing wide-ranging issues. These topics include (i) upgrading physical infrastructure, (ii) modernizing customs systems, (iii) stemming corruption, (iv) regulatory streamlining, including the reduction of market asymmetries and rigidities, (v) redefining the roles of control and excise agencies, (vi) developing and regulating e-business, as well as (vii) enhancing intergovernmental cooperation, especially with key trading partners. 
    • Designing online solutions to display Trade Related Information: Over the years ITC has developed a comprehensive Market Analysis Tools Portal that helps improve transparency in international trade. This portal is the access point to one of the world’s largest databases on trade statistics, tariff data, foreign direct investment data and voluntary standards: ITC would be able to leverage on this large experience to support member state in the set-up of on-line solutions. On top of this, ITC has been involved in the creation and hosting of E-Learning solutions, an expertise that can be used to build a practical and user-friendly on line guide for traders and governments to comply with Member State customs requirements.
  • Trade facilitation business guide

    ITC published a guide on the Bali package.

    TF guide publication
  • TF Online Facility

    TF Online facility