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Within the United Nations framework of the Economic and Social Council, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) serves as the focal point for trade facilitation recommendations and electronic business standards, covering both commercial and government business processes that can foster growth in international trade and related services.  In this context, the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) was established, as a subsidiary, intergovernmental body of the UNECE Committee on Trade, mandated to develop a programme of work of global relevance to achieve improved worldwide coordination and cooperation in these areas.

Recent News

10 April 2017: The Core Component Library (CCL) D17A and XML Schema have been validated by the Validation Focal Point and approved for publication. They are now available on the UN/CEFACT website.
In order to improve the usability of the CCL, we are pleased to announce that a new column (Short Name) has been added. When combined with the Dictionary Entry Name this will provide enhanced readability.

6 April 2017: The UNECE secretariat is very pleased to present its newly elected UN/CEFACT Bureau Vice Chairs, which were elected at the 23rd UN/CEFACT Plenary on 3 April 2017. In addition to the members of the previous Bureau, namely Mr. Harm Jan van Burg (The Netherlands), Mr. Raffaele Fantetti (Italy), Mr. Anders Grangård (Sweden), Ms. Estelle Igwe (Nigeria), Mr. Tahseen Khan (India), Ms. Sylvia (Sue) Probert (United Kingdom), and Chairman Lance Thompson (United States), the secretariat is welcoming the new Vice Chairs Mr. Colin Laughlan (Canada) and Mr. Ian Watt (Australia). The secretariat cordially congratulates all elected Bureau members and is looking forward to fruitful collaboration on trade facilitation and electronic business over the next three years.

13 March 2017: UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation in the new project entitled "Code Management Project". The project’s purpose is to define the procedures and methodologies for code list creation, management and maintenance. The resulting rules and guidelines will primarily be mandated for the use of code lists within all UN/CEFACT deliverables. External organizations could use what is developed for their codes and codes lists. To register interest in participating or for more information please contact the project leader, Mr. Rolf Wessel. The development of this Project can be followed on the UN/CEFACT Collaboration Environment Project Page.

24 February 2017This is to announce a 60-day public review until 26 April 2017 concerning the Purchase Order Financing Request project Business Requirement Specification All eventual comments can be addressed to  Fabio Sorrentino by using the provided Comment Template.

15 February 2017: The Second Global Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation will be carried out until the end of March 2017. It is jointly conducted by the United Nations Regional Commissions (UNRCs) - ECA, ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP and ESCWA.

10 February 2017: The public review is open for the "Procedures for Reference Data Model & Associated Artefacts Publication Project". The purpose of the project is to define the procedures for the creation and publication of CCL-based Reference Data Models.

Any comments should be submitted to the Project Lead Ulrike Linde using the Public Review Comment Template until March 29th, 2017. The Public Draft text is available

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