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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 under the Trade Facilitation Section. It has global membership and its members are experts from intergovernmental organizations, individual countries' authorities and also from the business community.

In Focus

The China National Institution of Standardization (CNIS) will host the Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business Forum in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China at the Deefly Zhejiang Hotel, from 14 to 19 October 2018.

Priorities during this Forum will include:

  • Advancing current projects and domain activities;
  • Ongoing maintenance tasks (such as UN/EDIFACT Data Maintenance Requests);
  • Formulating and approving a series of new projects to be conducted within the framework of the approved programme of work; and
  • Advancing UN/CEFACT’s current and forthcoming technical framework.


12 September 2018: UN/CEFACT is pleased to announce a 60-day public review of the Single Submission Portal Recommendation. If you would like to submit comments, please use the appropriate template provided on the Public Review page and send to the Project Editor on or before 12 November 2018.

22 July 2018: UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation for the project “Internet of Things for Trade Facilitation”.
The possibility of connected devices collecting and connecting information to the rest of the international supply chain has generated a number of potential uses that can facilitate and drive efficiency, notably in trade, agriculture, climate control, water / energy management, healthcare, supply chain, etc. UN/CEFACT has just launched a project to study how this technology can be used to facilitate trade and related processes, how current UN/CEFACT deliverables can be used by IoT applications and study possible use cases for this technology.
If you would like more information, please contact the project lead: Mrs. Virginia Cram Martos.

20 July 2018: UN/CEFACT is pleased to announce a 60-day public review of the Sustainable Procurement Recommendation. If you would like to submit comments, please use the appropriate template provided on the Public Review page and send to the Project Lead on or before 20 September 2018.

12 July 2018: Registration to Hangzhou Forum is now open.

5 July 2018: UN/CEFACT would like to remind users that the cut-off date for submissions of new DMRs for UN/CCL D.18B and UN/EDIFACT D.18B is the 20 August 2018. For more information, please see the UN/EDIFACT DMR webpage.  And that the cut-off date for submissions of UN/LOCODE requests for release 2018-2 is the 30 September 2018. For more information please see the UN/LOCODE webpage.

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