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UN/CEFACT

Introduction

The United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) is a subsidiary, intergovernmental body of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) which serves as a focal point within the United Nations Economic and Social Council for trade facilitation recommendations and electronic business standards. It has global membership and its members are experts from intergovernmental organizations, individual countries' authorities and also from the business community.

Key areas of work


Recommendations


Standards


Projects


Public Reviews


UN/LOCODE
Advisory
Group


Sustainable
Fisheries

In Focus

Following three executive guides were issued:

  • Smart Connectivity: This guide outlines the importance of common standards and common procedures in the cross border exchange of trade related information.
  • Transboundary Movement of Waste: This guide highlights the electronic messages created by UN/CEFACT which can be used for the exchange of information related to the Basel Convention on transboundary movement of waste.
  • Smart Containers: This guide explains the functioning and advantages of using smart-devices on transport equipment in order to communicate status, improve security awareness, enhance product quality controls and improve compliance.

Highlights

13 May 2020: UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation for the project "Electronic Application Error and Acknowledgment". UN/CEFACT has developed a number of XML standard messages for cross-industry and sectoral domains. In order to support interoperability even more a generic Application Error and Acknowledgement message is needed. The function of this message is to inform a message issuer that his message has been received by the addressee’s application and to report errors/status of the message during its processing. If you would like more information, please contact the project lead: Hisanao Sugamata and/or Gerhard Heemskerk.

22 April 2020: The Core Component Library (CCL) D20A and XML Schema D20A have been validated by the Validation Focal Point and published. They are now available on the UN/CEFACT website.

16 March 2020: UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation for the project “Minimum Standards for Ship Agents”. This guidance was originally developed in the 1980s under UNCTAD (UNCTAD/ST/SHIP/13) and is being proposed for update as a UN/CEFACT recommendation in order to reflect changes in operational practices. If you would like more information, please contact the project leader, Jonathan Williams.

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