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News - ARCHIVES

27 November 2014: Call for Participation on Project "Integrating Trade Finance & Supply Chain Finance into Trade Facilitation". Following approval of the project on "Integrating Trade Finance & Supply Chain Finance into Trade Facilitation" this is to announce a call for participation. The purpose of this project is to recommend that current frameworks and practices related to trade facilitation explicitly integrate and include trade finance and supply chain finance. To register interest in participating or for more information please contacts Mr. Harm-Jan van Burg.

6 November 2014: 24th Forum in New Delhi: enhancing trust in paperless trade.

27 October 2014: Call for Participation on Project "Common Framework for Freight Information Exchange". Following approval of the "Common Framework for Freight Information Exchange Project", this is to announce a call for participation. This Project concerns studying requirements for freight information exchange across the international supply chain as well as reviewing existing frameworks in view of confirming or invalidating the need for a UNECE Recommendation on the subject. To register interest in participating or for more information please contact Mr. Mike Onder.

Call for Participation on Project "Multi Modal Transport Reference Data Model". Following approval of the "Multi Modal Transport Reference Data Model (MMT) Project" this is to announce a call for participation. This Project concerns developing a Multi Modal Transport (MMT) reference data model, as a limited structured subset of the UN/CEFACT ebXML Core Components Library, providing semantic links especially between the Core Components and the EDIFACT implementations. To register interest in participating or for more information please contact Mr. David Hesketh.

Call for Participation on Project "Purchase Order Financing Project". Following approval of the "Purchase Order Financing Project" this is to announce a call for participation. This Project concerns providing companies short term solution for funding inventory in order to complete sales transactions. To register interest in participating or for more information please contact Mr. Fabio Sorrentino.

16 September 2014: UN/CEFACT Travel & Tourism Domain is pleased to request the public review for the BRS of Destination Travel Information (DTI) Process Project, the purpose of which is to provide businesses or consumers with destination travel information of such tourist facilities as designated World Heritage properties, public facilities (Public-Toilets, Emergency Ward, Police Office, etc.) and to share regional GPS coordinates with them.

The review period is 60 days from the public review start date of the document (until November 16).

Any comments should be sent to project chair Mr. Gil-Jun Ko.

1 September 2014:  Registration for the 24th UN/CEFACT Forum in New Delhi, India (October 27 to 31, 2014) is now open.

11 August 2014: UN/CEFACT BPS Validation Team has approved the Core Component Library D.14A for publication.

4 August 2014: An error was found in revision 4 of Recommendation 28 code list where three items were omitted during the latest update. Now the correction has been made and the correct file uploaded as revision 4.1 of the code list.

23 July 2014Press Release issued - UNECE and OSCE train participants from Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on cross-border trade and trade facilitation.

22 July 2014Press Release issued - International Organizations Commit to Coordinated Assistance for Implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.

17 July 2014: A 60 day public review is open for the proposed recommendation of Consultation Approaches, started in 2010.

This proposed recommendation aims to  provide support to countries implementing the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement; it also complements the UNECE Recommendation 4 on National Trade Facilitation Bodies. This proposed recommendation proposes clear guidance on how to set up effective consultation in a way which is acceptable to both Public and Private actors, providing concrete examples and a tool box for implementation.

The final draft for public review and the template for all comments are available at the Public Review section of the project.

 Comments should be submitted to the Project Leader, Josephine Baiamonte using the comment template.

20 June 2014: UNECE Secretariat has released the 2014-1 UN/LOCODE directory.

30 May 2014: As part of efforts to adjust UN/CEFACT technical specifications to emerging requirements, this is to announce the publication of Version 2.1 of the XML Naming and Design Rules (NDR) for version 2.01 of the Core Component Technical Specification (CCTS). It provides for the use of relative path names and makes bounded code lists explicitly optional. 

Follow-up contact: Project Leader

27 May 2014: The UN/EDIFACT directory version D.14A has been approved by BPS Validation Team and is now available on the UN/EDIFACT website. The files can be downloaded from UN/EDIFACT Directory.

20 May 2014: The UN/CEFACT Schema library version D.13B has been approved and is now available along with the validation report.

15 April 2014: Call for Participation on Project "Recommendation for ensuring legally significant trusted transboundary electronic interaction".

The UN/CEFACT Regulatory Program Development Area is pleased to announce the UN/CEFACT Bureau's decision to launch the "Recommendation for ensuring legally significant trusted transboundary electronic interaction" project. The project proposal and other details are available here.

The purposes of this project are:
- to formulate basic principles and prepare a recommendation on establishing coordinating infrastructures for enabling legal significance of trans-boundary electronic interaction in trade scenarios;
- to study infrastructures for trans-boundary electronic interaction in trade scenarios in view of identifying the UNECE recommendations package on the subject.

Participation in this project is open to experts with broad knowledge in the area of methodologies and technologies for data transport infrastructures, electronic signatures and related certification authorities, and message handling systems. Heads of Delegations may invite technical experts from their constituency to participate in the work to foster global participation.

The first meeting of the project took place during the 23rd UN/CEFACT Forum in Geneva, 7-11 April 2014. 

To register interest in participation or for more information please contact Mr. Alexander Sazonov, Project Leader.

11 April 2014: The 20th Plenary session of the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) took place in Geneva from 10 to 11 April, alongside the 23rd UN/CEFACT Forum attended by 150 experts from over 30 countries and International Organizations.

Following the WTO Bali Agreement on Trade Facilitation in December 2013, and as preparations are made for its formal implementation, the goal of facilitating international trade has been globally acknowledged and is at the heart of increasing efforts to provide more effective and efficient services for governments, the private sector and citizens.

Recognition was given to the great value of UN/CEFACT’s long-standing role in providing globally relevant trade facilitation recommendations and standards and renewed attention was given to supporting the WTO Bali Agreement.

A new management team under the leadership of the existing UN/CEFACT Chair, Mr. Stuart Feder, was elected and now includes the following Vice Chairs from government: Mr. Raffaele Fantetti (Italy), Ms. Estelle Igwe (Nigeria), Mr. Tahseen Khan (India), Mr. Harm Jan van Burg (the Netherlands) and Vice Chairs from the private sector (who were nominated by governments): Mr. Anders Grangård (Sweden) and Mr. Lance Thompson (the United States). They were elected for a period of three years.

The next UN/CEFACT Forum will take place in New Delhi, India, in October 2014.

28 March 2014: Call for Participation on Project "Requirements document on conformance and interoperability of standards".

The UN/CEFACT Methodology and Technology Program Development Area is pleased to announce the UN/CEFACT Bureau's decision to launch the "Requirements document on conformance and interoperability of standards" project. The project proposal and other details are available here.

The objective of this project is to investigate how self-conformance statements should be specified and be made publicly available to enable transparency in reporting of how standards are implemented, especially in respect of solutions involving common semantics and re-usable data models that are technology neutral. Specifically the project will document requirements related to 

  • ways in which user communities can identify and declare conformance with standards in order to foster interoperability, 
  • how self-conformance statements can be made publicly available to improve transparency in the actual implementation and use of standards.

Participation in this project is open to experts with broad knowledge in the area of business standards and methodologies in the context of cross-domain, cross-border requirements and solutions in trade facilitation and electronic business. Heads of Delegations may invite technical experts from their constituency to participate in the work to foster global participation.

The first meeting of the project will take place during the 23rd UN/CEFACT Forum in Geneva, 7-11 April 2014. 

To register interest in participation or for more information please contact Mr. Jostein Frømyr, Project Leader.

20 March 2014: "Call for Participation" on Project "Journal Book".

The UN/CEFACT Sectoral Program Development Area Supply Chain domain is pleased to announce the UN/CEFACT Bureau's decision to launch the Journal Book project. The project proposal, sign-up information, and other details are available here.

The scope of this project is to build a standard accounting book, sorted by journals, as needed for bookkeeping, accounting and auditing practices. A special attention is drawn to the archival of accounting books.

As such the project will complement the existing UN/CEFACT business standards for accounting that cater for entries sorted by vouchers, periods, and by accounts.

The new standard will enable exchanges sorted by journals.

Experts with experience in accounting practices and/or cloud-based services for small and medium-size businesses are invited to sign-up. The first meeting of the project will take place during the 23rd UN/CEFACT Forum in Geneva, 7-11 April 2014.

To register interest in participation or for more information please contact Mr. Benoît Marchal, Project Leader.

12 March 2014:  The UN/EDIFACT directory version D.13B has been approved by BPS Validation Team and is now available on the UN/EDIFACT website.

10 February 2014: UN/CEFACT has approved the Core Component Library D.13B for publication.  Any comments on the standard should be sent to Peter Amstutz, Bureau Vice Chair.

20 December 2013: UNECE Secretariat has released the 2013-2 UN/LOCODE directory.

12 December 2013: The posted zip file for the D13A XML schemas has been found to have some files which were not the latest versions. An corrected directory is now available on the website.

5 December 2013: "Call for Participation" on Project "Destination Travel Information (DTI) Process".

The UN/CEFACT Sectoral Program Development Area / Travel and Tourism domain is pleased to announce the UN/CEFACT Bureau decision on 15 October 2013 to launch the project on "Destination Travel Information (DTI) Process".

To register interest in participation or for more information please contact Giljun Ko, Project Chair, or Akio Suzuki

11 April 2014: The 20th Plenary session of the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) took place in Geneva from 10 to 11 April, alongside the 23rd UN/CEFACT Forum attended by 150 experts from over 30 countries and International Organizations.

Following the WTO Bali Agreement on Trade Facilitation in December 2013, and as preparations are made for its formal implementation, the goal of facilitating international trade has been globally acknowledged and is at the heart of increasing efforts to provide more effective and efficient services for governments, the private sector and citizens.

Recognition was given to the great value of UN/CEFACT’s long-standing role in providing globally relevant trade facilitation recommendations and standards and renewed attention was given to supporting the WTO Bali Agreement.

A new management team under the leadership of the existing UN/CEFACT Chair, Mr. Stuart Feder, was elected and now includes the following Vice Chairs from government: Mr. Raffaele Fantetti (Italy), Ms. Estelle Igwe (Nigeria), Mr. Tahseen Khan (India), Mr. Harm Jan van Burg (the Netherlands) and Vice Chairs from the private sector (who were nominated by governments): Mr. Anders Grangård (Sweden) and Mr. Lance Thompson (the United States). They were elected for a period of three years.

The next UN/CEFACT Forum will take place in New Delhi, India, in October 2014.

 

28 March 2014: Call for Participation on Project "Requirements document on conformance and interoperability of standards".

The UN/CEFACT Methodology and Technology Program Development Area is pleased to announce the UN/CEFACT Bureau's decision to launch the "Requirements document on conformance and interoperability of standards" project. The project proposal and other details are available here.

The objective of this project is to investigate how self-conformance statements should be specified and be made publicly available to enable transparency in reporting of how standards are implemented, especially in respect of solutions involving common semantics and re-usable data models that are technology neutral. Specifically the project will document requirements related to 

  • ways in which user communities can identify and declare conformance with standards in order to foster interoperability, 
  • how self-conformance statements can be made publicly available to improve transparency in the actual implementation and use of standards.

Participation in this project is open to experts with broad knowledge in the area of business standards and methodologies in the context of cross-domain, cross-border requirements and solutions in trade facilitation and electronic business. Heads of Delegations may invite technical experts from their constituency to participate in the work to foster global participation.

The first meeting of the project will take place during the 23rd UN/CEFACT Forum in Geneva, 7-11 April 2014. 

To register interest in participation or for more information please contact Mr. Jostein Frømyr, Project Leader.

20 March 2014: "Call for Participation" on Project "Journal Book".

The UN/CEFACT Sectoral Program Development Area Supply Chain domain is pleased to announce the UN/CEFACT Bureau's decision to launch the Journal Book project. The project proposal, sign-up information, and other details are available here.

The scope of this project is to build a standard accounting book, sorted by journals, as needed for bookkeeping, accounting and auditing practices. A special attention is drawn to the archival of accounting books.

As such the project will complement the existing UN/CEFACT business standards for accounting that cater for entries sorted by vouchers, periods, and by accounts.

The new standard will enable exchanges sorted by journals.

Experts with experience in accounting practices and/or cloud-based services for small and medium-size businesses are invited to sign-up. The first meeting of the project will take place during the 23rd UN/CEFACT Forum in Geneva, 7-11 April 2014.

To register interest in participation or for more information please contact Mr. Benoît Marchal, Project Leader.

12 March 2014:  The UN/EDIFACT directory version D.13B has been approved by BPS Validation Team and is now available on the UN/EDIFACT website.

10 February 2014: UN/CEFACT has approved the Core Component Library D.13B for publication.  Any comments on the standard should be sent to Peter Amstutz, Bureau Vice Chair.

20 December 2013: UNECE Secretariat has released the 2013-2 UN/LOCODE directory

12 December 2013: The posted zip file for the D13A XML schemas has been found to have some files which were not the latest versions. An corrected directory is now available on the website.

5 December 2013: "Call for Participation" on Project "Destination Travel Information (DTI) Process".

The UN/CEFACT Sectoral Program Development Area / Travel and Tourism Domain is pleased to announce the UN/CEFACT Bureau decision on 15 October 2013 to launch the project on "Destination Travel Information (DTI) Process".

To register interest in participation or for more information please contact Giljun Ko, Project Chair, or Akio Suzuki, Domain Coordinator.

19 November 2013:  A 60 day public review is open for version 2.1 of the UN/CEFACT Naming and Design Rules for CCTS 2.01 (NDR 2.1). This aims to enable easier maintenance and production of Schema.

The revised draft focuses on two areas. The first is making the Unqualified Data Type Schema an informative, rather than a normative part of the standard, thus enabling easier maintenance. This would allow the Data Types to be updated without a corresponding update of these Naming and Design Rules.  The second area is the removal of absolute path names (to the UNECE website) for Schema enabling more portability of Schema. 

The revised draft (with the change log from NDR 2.0) and the template for all comments are available at Public review page of the project.

All comments should be submitted to the Project Leader, Chris Hassler

8 November 2013:  In addition to mentioned errors in UN/EDIFACT directory version D.13A another error (missing code DPL in data element 8053) was found and is now corrected. Updated directory is available on the UN/EDIFACT website.

6 November 2013: "Call for Participation" on Project "Reutilization of Data from Utility Management System".

The UN/CEFACT Sectoral Program Development Area / Utility Domain is pleased to announce the UN/CEFACT Bureau decision to launch the project on "Reutilization of Data from Utility Management System". 

To register interest in participation or for more information please contact Shingo Sakaguchi.

6 November 2013: The UN/CEFACT Schema library version D.13A has been approved and is now available along with the validation report and release notes. Any comments on the standard should be sent to  Peter Amstutz, Bureau Vice Chair.

5 November 2013:  Registration for the 23rd UN/CEFACT Forum in Geneva (April 7 to 11, 2014) is now open.

24 October 2013:  The mentioned errors in the August 27 announcement have been corrected and the UN/EDIFACT directory version D.13A is now available on the UN/EDIFACT website.

11 September 2013: UN/CEFACT has approved the Core Component Library D.13A for publication.  Any comments on the standard should be sent to Peter Amstutz, Bureau Vice Chair.

9 September 2013: "Call for Participation" on Project "Animal traceability data exchange"

The UN/CEFACT Sectoral Agriculture Program Development Area is pleased to announce the UN/CEFACT Bureau decision to launch the project on "Animal traceability data exchange".

To express interest in participation or for more information, please contact project leader Mr. Bruno Prepin.

4 September 2013: A 90 day public review is open for the Revision of Recommendation 14 Project “Authentication of Trade Documents”. The proposed revised draft was developed by the UN/CEFACT Trade and Transport Facilitation PDA to update the recommendation in light of the past thirty years of technological developments and vocabulary changes. The resulting text aims at high level decision makers to assist in implementing authentication of electronically transmitted documents.
The revised draft is available at: http://www1.unece.org/cefact/platform/download/attachments/48563016/130808+Rec14+text+-+draft+v1_1.pdf
Please download the following template for all comments: http://www1.unece.org/cefact/platform/download/attachments/48563016/130808+Rec14+Public+Review+Comment+Template.docx
All comments should be submitted to the Project Leader, Lance THOMPSON before November 30th 2013.

30 August 2013: "Call for Participation" Project on Transboundary movements of waste XML schema
This is to announce a call for participation in a project to provide an international standard for the electronic exchange of information as specified by the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste and their Disposal. The project’s scope deals with information exchange associated with the risks of adverse effects to human health and the environment involving transboundary movements of waste.
Those involved in these exchanges are competent authorities, exporters of waste, importers of waste and recovery or disposal facilities. The Basel Convention was adopted on 22 March 1989 and 180 countries were party to the convention by 2013. The project will review existing materials with key parties and the Basel Convention Secretariat to review issues needing to be addressed. All those interested are invited to take contact with the project leader Norbert Pfaffinger for the project proposal and further information.

27 August 2013: The UN/EDIFACT directory version D.13A has been approved by BPS Validation Team and is now available on the UN/EDIFACT website.

NB! Due to issues in the development of UN/EDIFACT directory D.13A, users are strongly advised to refrain from implementing the BAPLIE and GOVCBR message from D.13A.
We are in the process of correcting the errors, and will publish a corrected version as soon as possible.

22 July 2013: Draft  document “An integrated strategic framework for UN/CEFACT deliverables” has been submitted to the Heads of Delegation for intersessional approval until 23 September 2013.

5 July 2013: "Call for Participation" Project on Updating the Naming and Design Rules for CCTS 2.01 to version 2.1 (NDR 2.1).  Experience within UN/CEFACT using the UN/CEFACT XML Naming and Design Rules version 2.0 has identified some areas for possible improvement to enable easier production and maintenance XML Schemas.  Therefore, a call for participation is announced for a project to update Naming and Design Rules version 2.0 for CCTS 2.01 to version 2.1.   As a minor version this update will be backward compatible with version 2.0.
The purpose of this revision is to enable easier maintenance and future production of XML Schemas and will initially focus on two areas:

  • The first is making the Unqualified Data Type Schema an informative, rather than a normative, part of the standard.
  • The second area is to enable relative path names for Schema locations.    

Any additional changes suggested as part of requirements gathering will also be considered.  
To register interest in participation or for more information please contact Chris Hassler.
News - ARCHIVES

5 July 2013: UNECE Secretariat has released the 2013-1 UN/LOCODE directory

3 July 2013: The registration for the 22nd UN/CEFACT Forum in Italy (14-18 October 2013) is now open. Please access the Forum website.

24 June 2013: “Call for Participation” for Project concerning Background Research on Public-Private-Partnership for Trade Facilitation
This is to announce a call for participation in a project concerning Background Research on Public-Private-Partnership for Trade Facilitation. Launched from within the Trade and Transport Facilitation Programme Development Area. It will involve gathering information on PPP in trade facilitation, identifying best practices and then assessing if added value can be brought by suggesting a UNECE recommendation on the subject.
All of those interested are invited to quickly take contact with one of this project’s co-chairs: Dr. Lance Thompson and Mr. Malcolm McKinnon.
Follow the link mentioned above for project proposal and for more information.

19 June 2013:  UN/CEFACT's Core Component Library (CCL) is based on the UN/CEFACT Core Component Technical Specification (CCTS). This is to announce 60-day public reviews until August 20th concerning developments relating to CCTS Version 3.0.
CCTS 3.0 addresses functionality requirements requested by stakeholders of UN/CEFACT deliverables. In view of the existing user community dependent on the current CCL (CCTS 2.01), maintenance activities will continue for both as long as there is demand for changes as well as to provide for its use in new developments.
UN/CEFACT's first implementation of CCTS 3.0 has advanced to the stage where a draft CCL (CCTS 3.0) has been developed and validated. It is now being made available for public review for 60-days until August 20th. Please use the Public Comment Log provided (this can be found in the Public Review page) to facilitate the preparation of a Disposition Log by the Project Team.
In addition to, and based upon, this draft CCL (CCTS 3.0), draft Requirements Specification Mappings (RSMs) together with corresponding XML schemas (based on the XML Naming and Design Rules Version 3.0) are provided with respect to:

Please use the Public Comment Log provided in the project packages referred to above to facilitate the preparation of a Disposition Log by the Project Team.
For further information please contact Chris Hassler

18 June 2013: The UN/CEFACT Sectoral Agriculture Program Development Area is pleased to announce the UN/CEFACT Bureau decision to launch the project on Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) Notification Exchange.To participate in the project please contact Project Leader Mr. Philippe Loopuyt

23 May 2013: The UN/CEFACT Trade and Transport Facilitation Programme Development Area is pleased to announce its plans to re-launch its project on a Recommendation on Consultation Approaches.

In order to implement trade facilitation, coordination between government agencies is necessary, just as well as consultation with all other stakeholders. This is recognised not least in the trade facilitation negotiations in the WTO Doha-round, where national trade facilitation committees are suggested. Consultation mechanisms can, for example, be collaborative platforms, task forces, inter-institutional working groups or trade facilitation committees. They may involve all key stakeholders from the public and private sector who have a role to play in the national trade facilitation agenda.

An integral and important part of how trade facilitation has come to develop in many economies is the active participation of civil society, especially traders’ organisations and PRO-bodies, in the development of rules and regulations. Traders, economic operators, chambers of commerce and other associations organising the stakeholders directly involved in trade have first-hand knowledge of how the current legislation affects them and what simplifications they would like to see. In that context, however, it is worth noting that different private sector operators may not always have the same interests. Importers and exporters, users and providers, larger and smaller companies, producers and traders, may all have different needs and priorities when it comes to trade facilitation reforms, just as government agencies have different mandates and tasks.

In order to promote the creation of effective and efficient consultation mechanisms there needs to be light shed on the approaches that have facilitated consultation in the past, to guide those who are looking at supporting an active participation from a wide range of stakeholders in the consultation process. A new recommendation would aim at describing best practice in approaches to consultation.

Participation in the Project: Membership is open to experts with broad knowledge in the area of public-private consultations, intra-governmental consultations and the organisation of civil society. Experts that can contribute both with examples of how trade and trade organisations coordinate positions and policy and of consultation between trade and government are especially welcome to participate. Experts are expected to contribute to the work based solely on their expertise and to comply with the UN/CEFACT Code of Conduct and the UN/CEFACT Intellectual Property Rights Policy. 

To participate in the project please contact Project Leader Johan Pontén.

29 April 2013: The UN/CEFACT Forum - a meeting of experts from around the world working within the global remit of the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) and an intergovernmental body of the UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) - held its 21th session at the Palais des Nations in Geneva from 15 to 19 of April 2013.

Public-private sector participants included over 140 business and technology experts from more than 30 UN Member States, the United Nations (UNECE, UNCITRAL and UNCTAD) and international organizations, including the European Union the World Customs Organization (WCO), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), Global Standards One (GS1). Other Experts located around the globe contributed through teleconferencing.

A special session of the Forum was dedicated to exchange information and knowledge with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) and to better understand the need of the CIS Countries.

Efforts focused on business processes both for governments and for the private sector in electronic business and trade facilitation. Experts contributed their skills and experience from a wide range of domains: accounting/audit, agriculture, customs, finance/payments, government, insurance, international trade procedures, procurement, supply-chain management and transport and logistics.

UN/CEFACT’s approach is highly cross-sectoral, as confirmed by the development and maintenance of standards and projects addressed during the Forum, such as the UN/EDIFACT, Core Component Library, Cross-industry invoice, e-Tendering, Contract Financial Execution Management.
 
The Forum made progress in current projects and plans for future developments (i.e. , public-private partnership and consultation models), as well as in the maintenance of existing recommendations and standards, including the ongoing revision of Recommendation on the authentication of trade documents by means other than signature and on Single Window Interoperability.
 
Consumers and governments expressed strong demands concerning food safety. In a complex agricultural supply chain these food safety demands require perfect tracking and tracing systems as well as good product information. UN/CEFACT is addressing these concerns through a number of projects.

UN/CEFACT standards are used worldwide by Governments and business communities, for example UN/EDIFACT (United Nations Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport) since 1987; and sectors such as agriculture are increasingly using UN/CEFACT standards. For example eCertification (eCert) has already been adopted by 42 countries.
 
An official liaison has also been created between UN/CEFACT and ISO Technical Committee on Financial Services (TC68).

Further Information on UNCEFACT may be found at www.uncefact.org as well as on the UNECE You Tube space.

23 April 2013: The UN/CEFACT Schema library version D.12B has now been approved and is now available. The audit report will follow.

12 March 2013: The UN/CEFACT has approved the Core Component Library D.12B for publication.  Any comments on the above should be sent to Peter Amstutz, Bureau Vice Chair.

7 March 2013: UNECE has released the 2012-2 UN/LOCODE directory

26 November 2012: The UN/EDIFACT directory version D12.B has been approved and is now available on the UN/EDIFACT website

Note: Due to incorrect updating of a temporarily assigned data element tag (6701 for 'Diameter measure') this published tag number is incorrect and should not be used. The tag number will be updated in the next directory  (D13.A). Any comments on the above should be sent to Peter Amstutz, Bureau Vice Chair.

 

16 November 2012: UNECE and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding, by which they decided to adopt a complementary approach to the standardization process in domains of mutual interest by strengthening their relationship and fostering closer cooperation. The domains include electronic signatures, security for XML documents and messages, and transport logistics related to Intelligent Transport Systems. ETSI and UNECE have a shared interest in working together on developing international standards, and avoiding duplication of technical work.
ETSI is an industry-led standards-development organization. It carries out pre-standardization and standardization activities in areas common to telecommunications, information technology, sound and television broadcasting. Its objective is to undertake and promote, directly or indirectly, regional and international standardization to contribute to setting up a global information infrastructure.
The UNECE’s United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) develops trade facilitation recommendations and electronic business standards. These cover government to government, government to business and commercial processes intended to foster growth in international trade and related services. UN/CEFACT supports activities dedicated to improving the ability of business, trade and administrative organizations, from developed, developing and transition economies, to exchange products and relevant services effectively.

 7 November 2012: UN/CEFACT Library Maintenance Team has approved revisions to code lists of recommendations 20, 21 and 23

12 October 2012: UN/CEFACT Bureau has approved the project proposal on Alignment of Master Data for Metering Point and of Measured Data in the deregulated Energy Market (AMD MP & MD).  Project Leader, C. Sparreboom, is pleased to announce the Bureau's plans to launch the project and issue this call for participation. The project proposal, sign-up information, and other details are available.

3 October 2012: The registration for the 21st UN/CEFACT Forum in Geneva (April 15 to 19, 2013) is now open. Please access the Forum website.

26 September 2012: 20th UN/CEFACT Forum marks progress on electronic business and trade facilitation processes

14 September 2012: UNECE has released the 2012-1 UN/LOCODE directory

7 September  2012: The UN/CEFACT International Trade Procedures Domain is pleased to announce the UN/CEFACT Bureau decision to launch a project aiming at the elaboration and publication of a recommendation and guidelines on requirements for Single Window Interoperability.

The project proposal and a background-paper are available at the following web pages:

http://www1.unece.org/cefact/platform/display/CNP/P1002+-+ODP+1+-+Project+Inception

http://www1.unece.org/cefact/platform/pages/viewpageattachments.action?pageId=48562923

To participate in the project please contact Project Leader Mr Rémy Marchand

The UN/CEFACT recommendations respectively entitled “Recommendation and Guidelines on establishing a Single Window” [Recommendation 33], “Data Simplification and Standardization for International Trade” [Recommendation 34], “Establishing a legal framework for international trade Single Window“ [Recommendation35], have been produced between 2005 and 2010 and have created momentum in many countries and alliance of countries. Although their implementations are normally producing converging results, a number of national particularities result in differences which prevent their interconnection of Single Windows developed independently, except when regional alliances have been established.

The purpose of this recommendation is therefore to advise implementers on best practices to encourage the development of Single Window interoperable from their inception

  • Recommendation on Single Window Interoperability;
  • Guidelines on Single Windows Interoperability; and
  • Case Repository for Single Window Interoperability

Most work and discussions would be done on conference calls and using e-Collaboration facilities. UN/CEFACT expects to have finished an internal review of the Recommendation around the end of the first quarter of 2013. There would also be two face-to-face meetings during the UN/CEFACT forums.

The next forum is planned to be held in Vienna from 17 to 21 September 2012 at the TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology). For registration follow this link: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=29610

The meeting for the Recommendation 36 editorial group is planned for 18 and 19 September 2012 at the UN/CEFACT Forum in Vienna.

We remind you that the Recommendations 33, 34 and 35 can be found on the webpage dedicated to the publication of all UN Recommendations

5 September 2012:  The UN/EDIFACT directory version D12.A has been approved and is now available on the UN/EDIFACT website.

30 August 2012: A 60 day public review is open for the updated “Cargo Tracing and Tracking Project”. The specification was developed by the UN/CEFACT Trade and Transport Facilitation PDA to describe how to establish coherent transport-centric logistics standard by analysing information systems for business processes handling logistics activities and by standardising interfaces (data model) among logistics activities in each system and offline standards. The final goal of the specification is to provide standard interface model for seamless logistics. Please download the Public review documents and comment log and comments should be submitted to the Project Leader, Kerri Ahn before 3 November 2012.

30 August 2012: The UN/CEFACT International Trade Procedures Domain is pleased to announce the UN/CEFACT Bureau decision to launch a project aiming at the revision of Recommendation 14 on “Authentication of Trade Documents by Means Other than Signature”.

The project proposal (brief summary below) and a background paper are available at the following web page:
http://www1.unece.org/cefact/platform/display/CNP/Revision+ofRecommendation+14%2C+Authentication+of+Trade+Documents+by+Means+other+than+Signature

To participate in the project please contact Project Leader Lance Thompson.

The UN/CEFACT Recommendation 14 entitled “Authentication of Trade Documents by Means other than signature” was drafted in 1979 and is seriously outdated. The working group within UN/CEFACT which is responsible for this type of recommendation has suggested to revise and update the recommendation and hopefully render it capable of withstanding the test of time.
 
The work to be done includes:
1.    Reworking the present recommendation in order to reflect all regulatory and technical changes since 1979
2.    Creating a repository which can accommodate case studies that exist to date (legal environment and implementation).
3.    Create a repository of examples of solutions which can replace a manual signature (technical solution).

Most work and discussions would be done on conference calls. UN/CEFACT hopes to have a draft of the recommendation ready within a few months’ time and then take the time to create the two repositories. There would also be two face-to-face meetings during the UN/CEFACT forums.
 
The next forum is planned to be held in Vienna from 17 to 21 September 2012 at the TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology). The meeting for the Recommendation 14 Revision group is planned for Tuesday, September 18th.  Please download the original, 1979 Recommendation 14.

15 August 2012:  The UN/EDIFACT directory version D11.B has been approved and is now available on the UN/EDIFACT website.

13 August 2012:  UN/CEFACT has approved publication of the Core Components Business Document Assembly Technical Specification (CCBDA) version 1.0.
UN/CEFACT’s CCBDA describes how to construct syntax independent Business Documents based on UN/CEFACT Core Components and defines the basic structure of Business Documents in a syntax and technology neutral way.

24 July 2012: The UN/CEFACT Schema library version D.11B has now been approved and is now available. The audit report will follow.

15 June 2012: UN/CEFACT is inviting interested parties to participate in a project to standardise the data exchanges between Flag States of fishing vessels and other parties relating to electronic logbooks, involving countries or Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMO)

The project concentrates on data exchanges and data management related to electronic logbooks. It aims to:

  • Harmonise and standardise the business processes and data exchanges of electronic logbooks
  • Attain a common approach towards electronic logbooks for fishing vessels, interoperability between IT systems and easy exchange of data between parties.

The project proposal is available at:
http://www1.unece.org/cefact/platform/display/CNP/Electronic+Interchange+of+fisheries+catch+data

The start of the requirements gathering stage is planned by 31 July 2012.

All interested UN/CEFACT experts are invited to participate in and contribute to the project. Participants should have expertise in the areas of with broad knowledge in the area of public-private consultations, intra-governmental consultations and the organisation of civil society.

Heads of Delegations may invite technical experts with proven knowledge in the domain of interest from their constituency to participate in the work. Experts are expected to contribute to the work based solely on their expertise and to comply with the UN/CEFACT Code of Conduct.

Expressions of interest to participate or requests for further information may be sent by e-mail to the project leader Francky Callewaert.

14 June 2012: The registration for the 20th UN/CEFACT Forum in Vienna is open.  Please access the Forum website.

23 April 2012: Press Release from the 19th UN/CEFACT Forum: UN/CEFACT Developments on track.

11 April 2012: UN/CEFACT is inviting interested parties to participate in a project to create a joint Technical Report with ISO (ISO/TC 154) to define a consistent and timely way to address and resolve issues of gaps, overlaps, and counter-productive standardisation efforts through:

  • Describing a coordinated "Open Data Interchange" framework, fostering an integrated work program to meet stakeholder needs in administration, commerce and trade, and
  • Describing a collaboration process, involving business processes and supporting data that facilitate the open electronic interchange of structured data

The goal is to evaluate experiences and describe a common technical framework that will engage other key players involved in standards development and encourage greater consistency and effectiveness of technical specifications and standards.

The project will:

  • Identify the broad scope of technical specifications and standards, work programmes and strategies for the open interchange of structured data in support of administration, commerce and trade
  • Identify the relationships and dependencies of the above
  • Identify what is missing in the above in order to provide a complete technical framework
  • Propose ways forward such as, division of labor to avoid duplication of work and to foster coherence in work programmes and strategies.

The project proposal is available at https://sites.google.com/a/documentengineeringservices.com/methodology-and-technology-pda/technical-framework/documents/OpenDataInterchangeTechnicalReportProjectProposalMarch192012.pdf.


The start of the requirements gathering stage is planned at the UN/CEFACT Spring Forum, 16-20 April 2012.

All interested UN/CEFACT experts are invited to participate in and contribute to the project. Participants should have expertise in the areas of with broad knowledge in the area of methodologies and technologies for the open electronic interchange of structured data. Heads of Delegations may nominate technical experts from their constituency to participate in the work.  This project is also open to members of ISO liaison organizations through the ISO work item reference ISO/TC 154 N 0659.

Expressions of interest to participate or requests for further information may be sent by e-mail to the project leader Tim McGrath.

21 March 2012: The UN/CEFACT has approved the Core Component Library D.11B for publication.  Any comments on the above should be sent to Peter Amstutz, Bureau Vice Chair.

19 March 2012: A 60 day public review is open for the updated "Core Components Business Document Assembly Technical Specification Version 1.0".  The specification was developed by the UN/CEFACT Methodology & Technology PDA to describe how to construct syntax independent Business Documents based on UN/CEFACT Core Components and defines the basic structure of Business Documents in a syntax and technology neutral way.

The draft document is available.  Comments should be submitted to Sue Probert before 14 May 2012 using the comment log.

16 March 2012: The UN/CEFACT Schema library version D.11A has now been approved and is now available. The audit report will follow.

 

8 March 2012: UN/CEFACT is inviting interested parties to participate in the Legal Notice Publication project. This is a project designed to create Business Process Models and Business Class Diagrams for documenting the business scenarios and business transactions involved in legal notice publication (LNP).

This project covers the process of notices publication when it is compulsory for individuals, companies or organizations to communicate to the general public a given information in a defined format or media. This communication includes two elements: the information to be delivered and the means through which it is made public. The targeted audience of the publication is undetermined and anonymous.

The project will start with notice publication in the Public Procurement domain. The project proposal is available at http://www1.unece.org/cefact/platform/display/TBG/Legal+Notice+Publication+%28LNP%29. The start of the requirements gathering stage is planned at the UN/CEFACT Spring Forum, 16-20 April 2012 .

All interested parties are invited to participate in and contribute to the project. Participants should have expertise in the areas of publication services of legal notices and their e-government operation or in the electronic Public Procurement domain. This includes, amongst others, experts of official gazettes and other official legal publishing services, newspapers, tender platforms, applications and other tender and tender information services, public purchasers, authorities involved in supervising or evaluating the public market, and experts in other areas that may be concerned by the subject. Heads of Delegations may nominate technical experts from their constituency to participate in the work.

Participants are expected to contribute to the work based solely on their expertise and to comply with the UN/CEFACT Code of Ethics and the UN/CEFACT Intellectual Property Rights Policy.

Expressions of interest to participate (see form in the project proposal annex) or for further information may be sent by e-mail to the project leader Didier Hardy.

8 March 2012: A 60 day public review is open for the updated "Rules For Presentation Of Standardized Message And Directories Documentation (R.1023) revision 12.0."  The revision was developed by the UN/CEFACT Methodology & Technology PDA for the purposes of correct formatting of a UN/EDIFACT message GOVCBR introduced in the release D.11B. The modification concerns the size of the segment position indicator for section 4.3.1, the segment table. This has now been increased from its initial size of 4 digits to 5 digits. The change may cause problems with programs that extract the information from the ASCII message directory (EDMD).

The draft document is available at https://sites.google.com/a/documentengineeringservices.com/methodology-and-technology-pda/rules-for-presentation-of-standardized-message-and-directories-documentation/documents/R1023rev12draft.pdf

Comments should be submitted to Gait Boxman before 16 April 2012.

28 February 2012: UNECE has released the 2011-2 UN/LOCODE directory.

28 February 2012: Registration for the 19th UN/CEFACT Forum in Geneva from 16 to 20 April 2012 is now officially open. Please visit the main Forum website for further information, including details about hotels, visas and other relevant matters

2 February 2012:  A 60 day public review is open for the updated Business Requirements Specification (BRS) and Requirements Specification Mapping (RSM) templates version 2.0.  These templates have been aligned with UN/CEFACT UMM Foundation Module Version 2.0 and UMM Base Module Version 2.0 and incorporate lessons learned from experience with earlier versions. Please submit any comments no later than April 3, 2012, using the comment logs. The draft templates and comment logs are available.  Comments should be submitted to Chris Hassler.

19 January 2012: The UN/CEFACT Core Component Technical Specification 3.0 defines the rules for developing Core Data Types and Business Data Types to define the value domains for Basic Core Components Basic Core Component Properties, Basic Business Information Entities, and Basic Business Information Entity Properties. It also stipulates that UN/CEFACT will publish a comprehensive list of approved Core Data Types and Business Data Types. The Core Components Data Type Catalogue Version 3.1 meets the first part of those publications. It contains the UN/CEFACT defined Core Data Types (CDTs). Business Data Types (BDTs) will be published in UN/CEFACT Directory Releases as part of the Core Component Library.  This Catalogue also contains a detailed listing and explanation of the underlying primitive types used by the Data Types. The specification is available at: http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/cefact/codesfortrade/CCTS/CCTS-DTCatalogueVersion3p1.pdf

2011

28 October: UN/CEFACT has approved publication of UN/CEFACT UMM Foundation Module Version 2.0 and UMM Base Module Version 2.0.

UN/CEFACT’s Modeling Methodology (UMM) is a UML modeling approach to design the business services that each partner must provide in order to collaborate. It provides the business justification for the services to be implemented in a service‐oriented collaboration architecture. Thus, a primary vision of UN/CEFACT is to capture the business knowledge that enables the development of low cost software based on service oriented architectures (SOA) helping the small and medium size companies (SMEs), and emerging economies to engage in e‐Business practices. UMM focuses on developing a global choreography of inter‐organizational business processes and their information exchanges. UMM models are notated in UML syntax and are platform independent models. The platform independent UMM models identify which services need to be realized in a service‐oriented architecture, implementing the business collaboration. This approach provides insurance against technical obsolescence.

The UMM Foundation Module Version 2.0 includes the core concepts of the UMM. In addition, it defines all the concepts that are used as part of the minimal methodology to produce a UMM compliant business collaboration model. Furthermore, it provides fundamental principles which are shared across all other modules. The specification is available at: http://www1.unece.org/cefact/platform/download/attachments/44204303/Specification_UMM_Foundation_Module_V2.0_TechnicalSpecification.pdf

The UMM Base Module Version 2.0 covers the fundamental principles that are shared across all the other modules, and is available at: http://www1.unece.org/cefact/platform/download/attachments/44204303/Specification_UMM_Base_Module_V2.0_TechnicalSpecification.pdf

A comment log of changes to the previous versions is available at: http://www1.unece.org/cefact/platform/download/attachments/44204303/CommentLog_UMM2.pdf

20 October: The Bureau has approved the UN/CEFACT Context Methodology (UCM) for implementation verification (ODP step 6). The implementation verification cycle is open until 14 January 2012. Comments should be sent to the Project Leader and Project Editor. The following zip file, containing a readme.txt file, is available on-line: www1.unece.org/cefact/platform/download/attachments/44204152/Contribution_UNCEFACT_UCM_ODP6.zip

29 September: Press Release from the 18th UN/CEFACT Forum: UN/CEFACT takes positive steps forward with streamlined structure.

17 August: Registration for the 18th UN/CEFACT Forum in Geneva from 19 to 23 September 2011 is now officially open.

Please go to the main site of the Forum for further information, including details about hotels, visas and other relevant matters.

The Plenary Bureau draws to the attention of UN/CEFACT Experts, Heads of Delegation, and their delegates the critical importance of participation in the forthcoming September Forum in Geneva. It is the first Forum to be organized by the Vice Chairs elected at the 8-9 July 2011 Plenary within the updated mandate, terms of reference and procedures of UN/CEFACT (ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2010/15/Rev.2).

 Priorities at the Forum will be:

  • Implementing the new organizational structure, which involves Programme Development Areas (PDAs)
  • Advancing current projects and domain activities
  • Ongoing maintenance tasks (such as UN/EDIFACT Data Maintenance Requests)
  • Formulating and approving new projects under the new structure
  • Development of the Programme of Work for 2012-2013
  • Continuing liaison activities with external organisations
  •  Implementing Bureau Programme Support (BPS) activities

Participants can contribute to the implementation of the new organisation in many ways and will have opportunities to meet as part of PDAs, within projects and domains as well as helping specifically to facilitate the implementation of the revised structure.

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, inter-governmental 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.

UN/CEFACT supports activities dedicated to improving the ability of business, trade and administrative organizations, from developed, developing and transition economies, to exchange products and relevant services effectively. Its principal focus is on facilitating national and international transactions, through the simplification and harmonization of processes, procedures and information flows, and so contributing to the growth of global commerce.

The UN/CEFACT Forum, held twice a year, is a meeting of UN/CEFACT experts at one time in the same location and facilitates close liaison and full interaction. These UN/CEFACT experts develop trade facilitation Recommendations, eBusiness Standards and their supporting Technical Specifications.

Forum sessions are held bi-annually in different locations throughout the world. Information on previous Forums is available at http://www.unece.org.unecedev.colo.iway.ch/index.php?id=3145

18 July: Draft Recommendation 37 Signed Digital Evidence Interoperability Recommendation

On behalf of the Bureau, this is to advise that the 17th UN/CEFACT Plenary, 7-8 July 2011, decided to extend the review period for Recommendation 37 up to 12 September 2011. Consequently, the Plenary invited comments on Recommendation 37 to be submitted to the Project Team within the Open Development Process (ODP), and indicated that all comments will be responded to. The full text of the decision is provided below.

(Decision 11-8): “The Plenary decided to extend the review period for recommendation 37 within the Open Development Process no later than 12 September 2011 and invited comments on Recommendation 37 to the Project Team, which will be responded to.”

The date of 12 September 2011 is the deadline for the translation of documents for the December 2011 UN/CEFACT Plenary. The intention is to submit a revised version of the draft Recommendation 37 for Plenary approval in December. Contributors are requested to submit their comments by Friday 2 September 2011 in order to allow the project team the time to process them within the above deadline.

The project team proposes to hold an online conference call on Thursday 8 September 2011 starting at 3:00 pm CET for discussion on the comments received.

The process for submitting comments in ODP Public Review, and for accessing the core artifacts of Recommendation 37, are summarised below.

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Process for submitting comments on Recommendation 37

Information on the Open Development Process

Contributors wishing to submit comments should go to the UN/CEFACT Website, Projects, then Confluence. Recommendation 37 has been developed under TBG6 (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) and can be found on the above website as Project P071 “Security for XML Documents and Messages”.

The work on the Recommendation started in October 2006. The original project document was replaced in October 2008 by the first project document revision.

The Recommendation was in internal review (ODP 4) between 12.1.2010 and 19.2.2010.

TBG 6 published the ODP 4 comment log.

The Recommendation was in Public Review (ODP 5) between 7.6.2010 and 8.7.2010. TBG 6 published the ODP 5 comment log.

How to provide comments in the ODP 5

Recommendation 37 is developed under the ODP process approved by the Plenary in 2007 TRADE/R.650/Rev.4/Add.1/Rev.1 . The public review (ODP Step 5) is described in paragraph 51.

Any interested person or party may send comments. The comments should be sent directly to fdevoret@lex-persona.com and should contain at least the following information:

Submitter’s name
Submitter’s email address (all lower case)
Submitter’s international phone number
Submitter’s delegation (if applicable, with ISO country code)
Exact comment, including reference to the relevant part of the document
Proposed change, including the exact replacement or additional text

At the end of the comment period the project team will address all comments and publish a comment log as described in Annex 1 of the ODP document. This comment log will be made available through the project website on the same page as above.

15 July: The UN/CEFACT has approved the Core Component Library D.11A for publication.  Any comments on the above should be sent to Peter Amstutz, Bureau Vice Chair.

12 July: The UN/CEFACT Edifact directory version D.11A has been approved and is now available on the UN/EDIFACT website.

6 July: The UN/CEFACT Schema library version D.10A has now been approved and is now available on the UN/CEFACT website. The audit report will follow.

16 June: TMG has approved the UN/CEFACT Context Methodology (UCM) for public review 2 (ODP step 5). The second review cycle is open until 5 July 2011. Comments should be sent to the Project Leader and Project Editor. The following documents are available on-line:

20 May: UN/CEFACT is inviting interested parties to participate in defining the Procedure for CCTS 3 and NDR 3 Artefacts Publication. This is a cross permanent group project designed to create the procedures and initial publications for CCTS 3.0 and NDR version 3.0.

The purpose of the project is to define the procedures for the creation and publication of CCTS 3 and NDR 3 artefacts. The scope covers the entire process of creation of CCTS and NDR 3.0 artefacts, from inception to publication, including modelling, harmonization, schema production, audit, and publication. Further details of the project are provided in the Annex.

The expertise of participants should include specialised competence in the knowledge in standards production and publication and awareness of implementers’ expectations. Heads of Delegations may nominate technical experts from their constituency to participate in the work Participants are expected to contribute to the work based solely on their expertise and to comply with UN/CEFACT’s Code of Conduct and the UN/CEFACT Intellectual Property Rights Policy.

Expressions of interest and any requests for further information should be sent to the Procedure for CCTS 3 & NDR 3 Artefacts Publication Project team at the email address Chris.Hassler.ctr@dcma.mil

9 May: TMG is inviting interested parties to participate in the Core Component Business Document (CCBDA) project for a UN/CEFACT Technical Specification, which was approved by the FMG on 11 October 2010.

The purpose of this project is to develop a methodology for the development of syntax-neutral interoperable semantic business document structures based on the reuse of Aggregated Business Information Entity (ABIE) objects published in a Core Component Technical Specification conformant Core Component Library. The project will provide a specific methodology for design time assembly of business documents in a semantic and reusable order. A key objective will be to maximize interoperability and reusability of business documents by providing support for families of business documents. The document to be delivered is a Business Document Assembly Methodology. Further details of the project are provided in the attached Call for Participation.

 

12 April: TBG 15 is inviting interested parties to participate in the Project on Consultation Models. The participation is invited in particular of representatives of the UN/CEFACT Forum Permanent and Work Groups, of Standard Development Organizations (SDOs), industry groups, country initiatives and other interested stakeholders, to ensure that the resultant recommendation will gain the widest possible level of acceptance and thereby achieve the widest future implementation, which will offer benefits for all member countries.

The expertise of participants should include specialized competence in the areas of public-private consultations, intra-governmental consultations and the organisation of civil society. In addition, Heads of Delegations may nominate technical experts from their constituency to participate in the work. Participants are expected to contribute to the work based solely on their expertise and to comply with UN/CEFACT’s Code of Conduct and the UN/CEFACT Intellectual Property Rights Policy.

Interested participants who are not currently TBG15 members should provide the following additional information:

  • Organization/Company Name and postal address
  • Contact voice phone number
  • Contact e-mail

Expressions of interest and any requests for further information should be sent to the consultation models project team at the email address johan.ponten@kommers.se.

 

11 April: TBG 15 is inviting interested parties to participate in the Project on Single Window Interoperability, covering the mechanism required for the interconnectivity of two or more Single Window facilities.

The participation is invited in particular of representatives of the UN/CEFACT Forum Permanent and Work Groups, of Standard Development Organizations (SDOs), industry groups, country initiatives and other interested stakeholders, to ensure that the resultant recommendation will gain the widest possible level of acceptance and thereby achieve the widest future implementation, which will offer benefits for all member countries.

The expertise of participants should include specialized competence in the area of Single Window implementation. In addition, Heads of Delegations may nominate technical experts from their constituency to participate in the work. Participants are expected to contribute to the work based solely on their expertise and to comply with UN/CEFACT’s Code of Conduct and the UN/CEFACT Intellectual Property Rights Policy.

Interested participants who are not currently TBG15 members should provide the following additional information:

  • Organization/Company Name and postal address
  • Contact voice phone number
  • Contact e-mail

Expressions of interest and any requests for further information should be sent to the Single Window interoperability project team at the email address eva.chan@djavafactory.com

 

11 April: ICG has approved revision 8 of the code lists for UNECE Recommendation 23 (Freight Cost Code – FCC).

 

1 April: Following the intersessional approval period that ended on 28 March, the document Draft revised mandate, terms of reference and procedures for UN/CEFACT (ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2010/15/Rev. 1) has been approved with only editorial changes.

 

14 March: ATG has approved publication of the XMLForCCTS Technical Specification for implementation verification (Open Development Process, Step 6). This version incorporates all comments adjudicated during the Open Development Process Step 5 period. Instructions to implementers are available here. Organizations and individuals interested in participating in the implementation verification are asked to submit a registration form . New comments should be sent to the project leader Mike Rowell and lead editor Mark Crawford using the published comment log. The first review of comments will take place during the Global Meeting of Experts meeting 28 March - 1 April in Washington, D.C. Comments should be sent to mike.rowell@oracle.com and mark.crawford@sap.com

 

1 March: Following the intersessional approval period that ended 11 February, two Recommendations have been approved and are available at Recommendations website:

 1) The Annex to UNECE Trade Facilitation Recommendation No. 6 “Aligned Invoice Layout Key for International Trade” to accommodate e-Invoicing

 2) Recommendation No. 34 "Data Simplification and Standardization for International Trade"

 As some countries made further comments on Draft Recommendation No. 37 "Signed Digital Evidence Interoperability Recommendation”, it is now being reviewed by the project team and will be discussed at the upcoming Global Meeting of Experts to be held in McLean, Virginia, USA, from 28 March to 1 April 2011.

 

25 February: TMG has approved another UML Profile for Core Components (UPCC) 3.0 draft for public review (ODP step 5 - 3rd review cycle). This review cycle is open until 25 March 2011. Comments should be sent to the Project Leader.

The following documents are available on-line:
  - UPCC ODP5 Draft 3rd Iteration - 20110221

  - UPCC Comment Log

 

18 February: TMG has approved the UN/CEFACT Context Methodology (UCM) for public review (ODP step 5). The first review cycle is open until 18 March 2011. Comments should be sent to the Project Leader and Project Editor.
The following documents are available on-line:
  - UCM Working Draft , Revision [A51]

  - UCM Comment Log - ODP 4, Review 1

  - UCM Comment Log - ODP 4, Review 2

 

14 February: TBG has approved draft revision of Recommendation 12 for public review (ODP5) until 28 March 2011. Comments should be sent to the Chair of TBG15, Mr Johan Pontén.

 

2 February: UN/CEFACT has approved the Core Component Library D.10A for publication. It can be downloaded from CCL website. Any comments on the above should be sent to ICG Chair Michael Conroy.

 

14 January: ATG has approved the UN/CEFACT XML For CCTS Version 3.0 for public review (Open Development Process (ODP) Step 5) until 11 February 2011. Comments should be sent to the Project Leader and Project Editor. The Draft Specification and Comment Log can be found also at www1.unece.org/cefact/platform/display/ATG/ATG2+XML+For+CCTS+-+ODP5

 

14 January: ATG has released the XML NDR Version 3.0 Corrigendum 1. This Corrigendum corrects minor mistakes in an appendix for regular expressions for dates as well as language in the body that pointed to version 3.0 of the CCTS and Data Type Catalogue instead of Version 3 or future versions.

2010

 

18 December: UNECE has released the 2010-2 UN/LOCODE directory.

 

13 December: The UN/CEFACT Edifact directory version D.10B has been approved and is now available on the UN/EDIFACT website.

 

18 November: The UN/CEFACT Edifact directory version D.10A has now been approved and is now available on the UN/EDIFACT website. ICG would like to apologise for any inconvenience the delay in publication has caused.

 

15 November: ICG has approved draft revision 8 of Recommendation 23 (Freight Cost Codes) for public review until 28 January 2011. Comments should be sent to David Dobbing.

 

29 October: UNECE has released the 2010-1 UN/LOCODE directory.

8 October:  UNECE has approved Recommendation 35 “Establishing a legal framework for an international trade Single Window”, which was adopted through the process of intersessional approval.  It is available for download on the UN/CEFACT website.  For further information, see the UNECE Press Release.

14 September: ICG has approved revision 7 of the code lists for UNECE Recommendation 20 (Codes for Units of Measure used in International Trade) for download.

 

8 September: The UN/CEFACT Schema library version D.09B has been approved and is now available on the UN/CEFACT website for download.

 

8 September: The UN/CEFACT Edifact directory version D.10A has now been approved and is now available on the UN/CEFACT website.
Note: A small error has been discovered in the recent release of the D.10A directory which has resulted in the need to temporarily withdraw it from circulation until a correction has been made. This will ensure that development with the directory in question does not cause problems during implementation. UN/CEFACT apologises for this inconvenience and will be rectifying the problem as speedily as possible.

M. Conroy, ICG Chair

 

20 August: Revision 8.1 of the code lists for UNECE Recommendation 21 (Codes for passengers, types of cargo, packages and packaging materials), Annex V and Annex VI (Coded representations of package type names) has been released by the ICG to correct a code value assignment error in Revision 8.

 

11 August 2010: Draft recommendation 35 (English, French and Russian) has been submitted to the Heads of Delegation for intersessional approval by 8 October 2010

 

13 July: ICG has approved revision 8 of the code lists for UNECE Recommendation 21 (Codes for passengers, types of cargo, packages and packaging materials), Annex V and Annex VI (Coded representations of package type names).

 

13 July: ICG has approved revision 3 of the code lists for UNECE Recommendation 28 (Codes for types of means of transport).

 

12 July: TBG has approved Recommendation No 34 "Simplification and Standardization for International Trade" for renewed public review (Open Development Process (ODP) Step 5) until August 15, 2010. Comments should be sent to Johan Pontén.

 

2 July: ICG has approved draft revision 7 of Recommendation 20 (Codes for Units of Measure) for public review until 13 August 2010. Comments should be sent to David Dobbing.

 

24 June: Registration for the UN/CEFACT Geneva Forum is now open and can be accessed at http://www.globaltestmarket.com/survey/s.phtml?sn=166565&lang=E&secid=d4b45c

 

21 June: UN/CEFACT has approved the Core Component Library D.09B.1 for publication. It can be downloaded from http://www.unece.org.unecedev.colo.iway.ch/cefact/codesfortrade/unccl/CCL_index.htm. Any comments on the above should be sent to ICG Chair Michael Conroy.

 

21 June: TBG has approved the TBG12 BRS "Accounting Journal List" for public review (Open Development Process (ODP) Step 5) until July 21, 2010. Comments should be sent to Michel Lesourd.

 

7 June: TBG has approved UN/CEFACT Digital Evidence Certification Recommendation for public review (Open Development Process (ODP) Step 5) until July 8, 2010. Comments should be sent to the Project Leader François Devoret.

 

19 May: ICG has approved revision 7 of the code lists for UNECE Recommendation 23 (Freight Cost Code).

 

12 May: PLEASE NOTE: Omissions and a minor correction in CCL09B have been identified and require release of CCL09B.1 as soon as possible. Full details and a proposed timeline for a corrected library will be available shortly.

 

19 April: TBG has approved the TBG1 BRS "Cross Industry Quotation" for public review (Open Development Process (ODP) Step 5) until May 20, 2010. Comments should be sent to Coen Janssen.

 

16 April: The Forum Management Group has decided to cancel the scheduled 16th session of the UN/CEFACT Forum at the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Bangkok, Thailand, from 26 to 30 April 2010

 

10 March: TBG has approved the TBG1 BRS "Cross Industry Remittance Advice" for public review (Open Development Process (ODP) Step 5) until April 15, 2010. Comments should be sent to Coen Janssen.

 

2 March: TMG has approved publication of the UML profile for UN/CEFACT's Modeling Methodology (UMM) foundation module and base module for second round implementation verification (Open Development Process, Step 6, second iteration). This version incorporates all comments adjudicated during the first implementation verification period. New comments should be sent to the project leader Christian Huemer. The first review of comments will take place during the UN/CEFACT Forum meeting 26 - 30 April 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand.

 

19 February : TBG has approved the TBG18 BRS "Electronic Data Exchange Proxy" for publication (Open Development Process (ODP) Step 7). It can be downloaded from BRS page.

 

9 February : UN/CEFACT has approved the Core Component Library D.09B for publication. It can be downloaded from http://www.unece.org/cefact/codesfortrade/unccl/CCL_index.htm. Any comments on the above should be sent to ICG Chair Michael Conroy.

 

8 February : UNECE has released the 2009-2 UN/LOCODE directory.

 

5 February : TMG has approved the UML profile for Core Components (UPCC) - for public review (Open Development Process, Step 5) until 26 April 2010. Comments should be sent to the project leader Philipp Liegl. The first review of comments will take place during the UN/CEFACT Forum meeting 26 - 30 April 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand.

 

27 January: UN/CEFACT is currently undertaking three gap analysis projects to determine: the current needs of stakeholders for open international standards for electronic international trade data messages and which standards stakeholders would like UN/CEFACT to deliver as priorities; an assessment of the knowledge that stakeholders have regarding the UN/CEFACT Core Component Library (CCL), which contains the data elements needed to complete messages, and the usability or otherwise of the CCL; the technical specifications that underpin message assembly and assure that messages can be interpreted by different systems.
UN/CEFACT intends to prepare a report on its findings by the end of February 2010. Stakeholders are invited to provide their views on the above topics through the dedicated questionnaire prepared by UN/CEFACT. For more information please refer to >..>..>..>..>

 

25 January: UN/CEFACT has approved UN/EDIFACT Directory D.09B for
publication. It can be downloaded from http://www.unece.org.unecedev.colo.iway.ch/trade/untdid/down_index.htm. Any comments on the above should be sent to M. Conroy (michael.conroy@wanadoo.fr)

 

8 January: UN/CEFACT has approved publication of UN/CEFACT XML Naming and Design Rules V3.0 of 17 December 2009. This specification enables the XML syntax binding of CCTS Version 3.0 and Data Type Catalogue Version 3.0 artefacts and is available at: http://www.unece.org.unecedev.colo.iway.ch/cefact/xml/UNCEFACT+XML+NDR+V3p0.pdf

2009

17 December: UN/CEFACT has approved version 3.0 of the Core Components Technical Specification (CCTS) and version 3.0 of the Core Components Data Type Catalogue, following their approval by the TMG and ATG respectively on 27 October 2009 (see relevant announcements on this web page). For further information, see the UNECE Press Release of 17 December 2009.

 

27 October: TBG has approved the Cross Industry Invoice V2.0 for publication (Open Development Process (ODP) Step 7).

 

27 October: ATG has approved the UN/CEFACT Core Components Data Type Catalogue Version 3.0 and it is now available for download.

 

27 October: TMG has approved the Core Components Technical Specification (CCTS) Version 3.0 and it is now available for download.

 

8 November: Despite of several rounds of quality checks carried out by TBG4, ATG and ICG with the help of special software and also through manual desk-checks, the following errors still found their way into the D.09A directory publication of GOVCBR. These identified errors can be corrected as follows:
(i) Trigger segments (MEA) at 4310, 7630 and 9470 lines can only be repeated once.
(ii) DTM to be added in line 6350 into SG152 as well as SG153; and COM segment to be added into SG29, SG60 and SG228.
In the D09A publications these segments are hanging without any relation to their respective parent segment groups. These problems will be definitively resolved in the D.09B publication of the UN/EDIFACT directories.

 

29 June: TBG has approved the TBG12 Business Requirements Specification (BRS) "Chart of Accounts" for publication (Open Development Process (ODP) Step 7). The BRS "Chart of Accounts" can be downloaded from fileadmin/DAM/cefact/brs/brs_index.htm.

 

22 October: The UN/CEFACT D.09A UN/EDIFACT Library has now been approved for publication by the ICG. ATTENTION: This new release has introduced a message that required a modification to the “UN/CEFACT RULES FOR PRESENTATION OF STANDARDIZED MESSAGE AND DIRECTORIES DOCUMENTATION”, R1023, to enable its publication. The modification concerns the size of the number of characters needed for section 4.3.1, the segment table. This has now been increased from its initial size of 70 characters to 75 characters. The change may cause problems with programs that extract the information from the message directory (EDMD). R1023 can be downloaded from the following link: http://www.unece.org/cefact/cf_plenary/plenary09/Misc_01.pdf. This document has also been incorporated in the library download package for this release

 

21 October: Press release - UN/CEFACT has just approved the Cross Industry Invoice (CII) Version 2.0

 

15 October: ICG has approved XML Schema directory D.09A and it is now available for download.

 

15 October: TBG has approved the TBG12 BRS "Accounting Message for public review (Open Development Process (ODP) Step 5) until Nov 15, 2009. Comments should be sent to Michel Lesourd.

 

23 September: UNECE has released the 2009-1 UN/LOCODE directory.

 

18 September: TBG has approved the TBG18 “Electronic Data Exchange Proxy” for public review (Open Development Process (ODP) Step 5) until 18 October, 2009. Comments should be sent to pbrepin@predell.com.

 

10 August: TBG has approved the TBG1 BRS "Accounting Ledger" for public review (Open Development Process (ODP) Step 5) until September 18, 2009. Comments should be sent to mlesourd@edificas.org.

 

7 August: ATG has approved publication of UN/CEFACT XML Naming and Design Rules V3.0 ODP6 Second Iteration for second round implementation verification (ODP6). This version incorporates all comments adjudicated during the first Implementation verification period. New comments should be sent to the project leader Mark Crawford and editor Michael.Rowell@oracle.com. The first review of comments will take place on 28 September 2009 during the UN/CEFACT Forum meeting in Sapporo, Japan

 

4 August: ATG has approved UN/CEFACT Core Components Data Type Catalogue V3.0 for implementation verification (ODP6). Comments should be sent to Serge Cayron and Mark Crawford. The first review of comments will take place on 28 September 2009 during the UN/CEFACT Forum meeting in Sapporo, Japan.

 

17 July: TBG has approved the TBG1 BRS "Despatch and Receive" for public review (Open Development Process (ODP) Step 5) until August 28, 2009. Comments should be sent to Coen Janssen.

 

17 July: TBG has approved the TBG1 BRS "Cross Industry Invoice V2.0" (Specification_BRS Cross Industry Invoicing Process 2_00_05.doc ) for a second iteration of public review with updates from the first round, including comments from EEI, (Open Development Process (ODP) Step 5) until August 28, 2009. Comments should be sent to Coen Janssen.

 

17 July: TBG has approved the TBG1 BRS "Cross Industry Ordering” for public review (Open Development Process (ODP) Step 5) until August 28, 2009. Comments should be sent to Coen Janssen.

 

17 July: TBG has approved the TBG19 BRS "Transfer of digital records" for publication (Open Development Process (ODP) Step 7). The TBG12 BRS "Transfer of digital records" can be downloaded from: http://www1.unece.org/cefact/platform/display/TBG/eArchiving+project

 

14 July: The UN/CEFACT Core Component Library (CCL) version D.09A can be downloaded from http://www.unece.org/cefact/codesfortrade/unccl/CCL_index.htm

19 June : ATG has approved the CCTS Data Type Catalogue Version 3p0 for public review (Open Development Process (ODP) Step 5 Review 2) until 1 July 2009. Comments should be sent to the Project Leader and Project Editor.

 

18 June: Press release - New UN/EDIFACT message facilitates Single Window developments.

 

2 June: ICG has approved revision 6 of the code lists for UNECE Recommendation 20 (Codes for Units of Measure used in International Trade).

 

11 May: ICG has approved revision 7 of the code lists for UNECE Recommendation 21 (Codes for package type names) and revision 5 of the code list for UNECE Recommendation 24 (Trade and transport status codes).

 

16 April: ATG has approved the CCTS Data Type Catalogue Version 3p0 for public review (Open Development Process (ODP) Step 5) until 14 May 2009. Comments should be sent to the Project Leader and Project Editor.

 

14 April: ICG has approved draft revision 6 of Recommendation 20 (Codes for Units of Measure) for public review (ODP5) until 15 May 2009. Comments should be sent to David Dobbing

 

1 April: TBG has approved BRS "Cross Industry Catalogue" for public review (Open Development Process (ODP) Step 5) until 7 May 2009. Comments should be sent to Coen Janssen, Chair of TBG1 (Supply Chain)

 

31 March: ICG has approved draft revision 5 of Recommendation 24 (Trade and transport status codes) for public review (ODP5) until 17 April 2009. Comments should be sent to David Dobbing

 

27 March: The UN/CEFACT Core Component Library version 08B is now available

 

23 March: The TBG18 BRS "Cattle registration and movement data exchange and animal passport” is out for public review by May 6, 2009. Comments should be sent to Bruno Prépin, Chair of TBG18 (Agriculture)

 

13 March: UN/CEFACT has approved the UN/EDIFACT Directory D.08B for publication. Any comments on the above should be sent to michael.conroy@wanadoo.fr

 

4 March: TMG has approved UMM foundation module 2.0 and the UMM base module 2.0 for implementation verification (ODP step 6) until 17 April 2009. Comments should be sent to the TMG Chair, Christian Huemer.

 

4 March: TBG has approved Recommendation 35 for public review (ODP5) until the Forum in Rome 20 - 24 April 2009. Comments should be sent to the Chair of TBG15, Gordon Cragge.

 

4 March: TBG has approved Recommendation 34 for public review (ODP5) until the Forum in Rome 20 - 24 April. Comments should be sent to the Chair of TBG15, Gordon Cragge

 

4 March: TBG has approved Recommendation 6 for public review (ODP5) until the Forum in Rom 20 - 24 April. Comments should be sent to the Chair of TBG15, Gordon Cragge.

 

4 March: ATG has approved the UN/CEFACT XML NDR Version 3.0 for implementation verification (ODP6) until the Form in Rome on 20 - 24 April 2009. Comments should be sent to the Chair of the ATG, Mark Crawford.

 

3 March: ICG has approved draft revision 7 of Recommendation 21 (Package type codes) for for public review (ODP5) until 17 April 2009. Comments should be sent to David Dobbing

 

23 February: Press release - Increased consumer protection and security provided by new international standards for e-Business

 

3 February: XML Schema directory D.08A has been approved and is now available for download. This release incorporates three new message types: Export Certification (eCert), Data Crop Sheet (eDAPLOS) and Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).

 

27 January: The joint TBG18/TBG12 BRS on "Financial Reporting” is out for public review by March 27, 2009. Comments should be sent to Bruno Prépin, Chair of TBG18 (Agriculture). .

 

15 January: The report of the 14th session of UN/CEFACT has now been approved and the secretariat has submitted it for the third session of the UNECE Committee on Trade.

 

2 January: ATG has approved the XML Naming and Design Rules Technical Specification for second public review period which will end on 21 January 2009

 

2 January: TMG has approved the Core Component Technical Specification CCTS 3.0 Second Iteration Open Development Process 6 (ODP 6) for public implementation verification.

 

2 January : TBG1 has now released the Cross Industry Scheduling Process Business Requirements Specification for public review under ODP5. The BRS aims at standardizing the business processes, the business transactions and the information entities of the exchange of data used by industries in the scheduling processes of supply chain,and is out for public review until 15 February 2009. Comments should be sent to Coen Janssen.

 

2008

 

18 December : The TBG12 BRS "Accounting Chart of Accounts“ is out for public review until 15 Feb 2009. Comments should be sent to the TBG12 Chair r.lemense@belgacom.net

 

18 December : The TBG1 BRS “Cross Industry Scheduling” is out for public review until 15 Feb 2009. Comments should be sent to the TBG1 Chair coen.janssen@gs1.nl

 

17 December : 14th UN/CEFACT Forum will be held from 20 to 24 April 2009 in Rome, Italy.

 

15 December : The draft report of the 14th session of UN/CEFACT for intersessional approval until 12 January 2009.

14 October : UMM foundation module 2.0 and the UMM base module 2.0 are in ODP step 5 “Public Review”. The second review cycle of ODP 5 is open until 10 November 2008. Please send your comments to the Project Lead Christian Huemer.

 

16 September: XML Schema directory D.07B has been audited and is now available on the Internet. The directory can be accessed on the UNECE Web Server. The maintenance is now finalized.

 

12 September : The audited Requirements Specification Mapping (RSM) documents for the eCert (Export Certification - Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary Certificate) and the eDAPLOS (Crop Data Sheet process) are available for download.

 

20 August : UN/CEFACT published the UN/CEFACT Business Requirements Specification (BRS) for the "Buy-Ship-Pay" model for International Trade in 2007. The TBG has now finalised in accordance with the ODP a data model based on the standard UN/CEFACT Core Component Library and have updated the original BRS accordingly. >.>.>.>.

 

20 August : ATG is pleased to announce that the XML Naming and Design Rules version 3.0 is now at ODP5 - public review. Public review period will run from now until 20 September 2008. Comments should be sent to michael.rowell@oracle.com and mark.crawford@sap.com.

 

20 August : UMM foundation module 2.0 and the UMM base module 2.0 are in ODP step 5 “Public Review”. The first review cycle of ODP 5 is open until 7 September 2008. Please send your comments to the Project Lead Christian Huemer.  

 

20 August: The TMG Core Component v3.0 project has issued an Implementation Draft and welcomes implementation verification

 

18 August : ICG has released the Core Component Library version 08A

 

14 August : XML Schema directory D.07B has been audited and is now available on the Internet. The directory can be accessed on the UNECE Web Server

28 July : TBG2 has published the UNeDocs Data Model ODP Step 6 Implementation Verification Disposition Log on the TBG2 website

 

9 July : 13th UN/CEFACT Forum will take place in Saly, Senegal from 10 to 14 November 2008

 

7 July : UN/EDIFACT directory (D.08A) has been audited and is now available on the Internet. The directory can be downloaded from the UNECE Web Server

 

17 June : Public Review of Recommendation 34 – Data Simplification and Standardization for International Trade for 60 days  

 

17 June : Public review of Recommendation 6 – UN Aligned Invoice Layout Key Annex to accommodate e-Invoicing for 90 days  

 

4 June : Press Release - International Standards to progress Paperless Trading in Asia-Pacific

 

2 June : ICG has released revision 5 of Recommendation 20

 

19 May : ICG has released revision 6 of Recommendation 21

 

28 April : Global Standards advance at Mexico City Forum.

 

8 April : TBG2 announces that the UNeDocs Project Page has been updated to provide dates and latest information for submitters of ODP Step 6 Implementation Verification comments on the UNeDocs Data Model v2.02

 

25 March: TMG has released final specification (version 1.0) of UML Profile for Core Components

 

25 March: ICG has audited and released the D.07A XML Schema Directory

 

25 March : Task Team Report on Intellectual Property Rights and Related Issues now available

 

20 March : 2007 UN/LOCODE directory is now available.

 

5 March : ICG has released draft revision 5 of Recommendation 20 for public review until 2 May 2008.

 

25 February : ICG has released revision 6 of Recommendation 23

 

25 February : ICG has released draft revision 6 of Recommendation 21 for public review until 4 April.

2007

21 December : ICG announces that the Core Component Library version 07B has been released and is available for download.

 

17 December : Corrigendum to the Core Component Technical Specification 2.01 was approved by the Extended Bureau of UN/CEFACT in February 2007.

 

21 November : UN/EDIFACT directory (D.07B) has been audited and is now available on the Internet. The directory can be downloaded from the UNECE Web Server.

 

7 November : Revision 5 of Recommendation 23 has now been approved.

 

29 October : Moving closer to achieving paperless trade. United Nations trade facilitation Forum, Stockholm, 24-28 September 2007

 

29 October : Fifty years of trade facilitation - twenty years of electronic business standards

 

29 October : During the UN/CEFACT Forum in Stockholm, a special session on Intellectual Property Rights issues was held. This press release provides an overview of that session.

 

24 October : The report of the 13th session of UN/CEFACT has now been approved

 

25 September: ICG announces that the Core Component Library version 07A has been audited and is available for download.

 

16 August: ICG announces the release of Rec. 23 Rev.5 - Freight Cost Codes for public review until 21 September 2007. Comments should be sent to ddobbing@attglobal.net

 

10 August: New issue of the UN/CEFACT Update Report

 

6 August: After public review of the UNeDocs data model, workbase version 2.02 is now ready for Implementation Verification under Step 6 of the Open Development Process. Interested parties are invited to implement and verify the workbase and encouraged to submit proposed implementation verification projects for registration to the TBG2 Chair.

 

31 July: The public review of UPCC Version 1.0 has been completed. Iimplementation verifications phase (Step 6 of ODP) is being initiated. Comments are requested until 31August 2007

 

29 June: The D.07A UN/EDIFACT directory has been audited and is now available on the Internet. The directory can be downloaded from the UNECE Web Server

 

25 June: ICG has approved revision 4 of Recommendation 23 - Freight Cost Codes following its two months public review cycle

 

9 May: UN/CEFACT TMG announces that CCTS version 3 is for public review under the Open Development Process Step 5  Cut off date for comments: 10 June 2007. Comments to be sent to gunther.stuhec@sap.com

 

1 May: Press release - UN/CEFACT Forum held in Dublin, Ireland 

 

30 April: 2006-2 UN/LOCODE directory is now available.

 

4 April: Rec. 23, Rec. 24 and Rec. 28 with Code Lists were approved by the ICG at the 10th UN/CEFACT Forum in Dublin, Ireland

 

3 April: Press release - UN/CEFACT releases International e-Invoice (XML Schema)

 

3 April: Crop Data Sheet Process BRS is now open for public review as step 5 of ODP

 

3 April: Cross-border Supply Chain BRS is now open for public review as step 5 of ODP

 

2 April: UN/CEFACT TBG2 Working Group approved the UNeDocs Data Model 2.0 and submits the Data Model for public review as of ODP step 5.

 

12 March: Core Component Library version 06B has been audited and is available for download.

 

12 March: The draft revision of UN/CEFACT Recommendation No. 11, is now open for public review

 

22 January: 11th UN/CEFACT Forum will take place in Stockholm, Sweden from 24 to 28 September 2007

 

17 January: Fourth issue of the UN/CEFACT Quarterly Report.

 

2006

12 December:The D.06B UN/EDIFACT directory has been audited and is now available on the Internet. The directory can be downloaded from the UNECE Web Server

5 December: ICG announces the release of Rec. 23 Rev.3 - Freight Cost Codes, Rec. 24 Rev.4 - Trade & transport status codes and Rec. 28 Rev.2 - Codes for types of means of transport for public review until 9 February 2007. Comments should be sent to Mr. David Dobbing

8 November: Recommendations from the UNeDocs Workshop and the 9th UN/CEFACT Forum New Delhi, 2-6 October 2006

1 November: UML Profile for Core Components (BCSS) has now been released for public review.

17 October: Press release: India to reduce transaction costs for exports/imports significantly by using UN/CEFACT standards

28 September: The D.06A UN/EDIFACT directory now available. The latest version of the UN/EDIFACT directories is now available for download from the UNECE Web Server.

5 September: The report of the 12th UN/CEFACT plenary session that was held in Geneva 22 - 24 May has been approved intersessionally

14 August: The Business Requirements Specification of the Material Safety Data Sheet has been approved intersessionally

7 August: Third issue of the UN/CEFACT Quarterly Report.

28 July 2006: ICG announces the release of the UN/CEFACT Registry Specification Version 1.0 for public review until 20 September. Comments should be sent to michael.conroy@WANADOO.FR

5 July 2006: Draft report of the twelfth UN/CEFACT Plenary session has been submitted for intersessional approval until 4 September by the Heads of Delegation.

16 June 2006: Material Safety Data Sheet Business Requirement Specification for intersessional approval until 11 August 2006. The cover page of this document replaces that on the full document.

9 June 2006: 2006-1 UN/LOCODE directory is now available.

29 May 2006: UN/CEFACT twelfth session (22-24 May 2006), Salle XI, Palais des Nations, Geneva

25 April 2006: Core Component Library (UN/CCL) is now available

31 March 2006: Public review of the Unified Modelling Methodology - UMM Foundation Module 1.0, UMM Base Module 1.0

30 March 2006: Rec. 20, Rec. 21 and Rec. 23 with Code Lists were approved by the ICG at the 8th UN/CEFCT Forum in Vancouver, Canada.

21 March: Second issue of the UN/CEFACT Quarterly Report.

7 March: XML Naming and Design Rules (NDR) approved as UN/CEFACT technical specification.

15 February: Core Component Library version 06A has been audited and is available for download.

27 January: First issue of the UN/CEFACT Quarterly Report.

25 January: D.05B UN/EDIFACT directory now available. The latest version of the UN/EDIFACT directories is now available.

2005

30 November: Updated UN/CEFACT Recommendations related to Codes for public review.

26 October: Press release: 7th UN/CEFACT Forum reaches a landmark for coherent XML business standards.

12 July: Press release: UN/CEFACT releases roadmap to paperless trade.

7 July: Final version of "Roadmap for Paperless Trade" of the 2005 June Executive forum on trade facilitation is released.

24 June:Decisions made at the 11th UN/CEFACT Plenary held in Geneva on 22 and 23 June 2005

7 May: ICG announces the release of the next draft of the UN/CEFACT Registry Implementation Specification, Version 0, Release 6.

22 April: Turning the page for paper in international trade.

23 March: 6th UN/CEFACT Forum approves five Business Requirements Specifications (BRS)

2 March: ATG announces the Implementation Verification phase of XML Naming and Design Rules Technical Specification

28 February: 2005-1 UN/LOCODE directory is now available.

26 January: 3rd International Forum on Trade Facilitation

26 January: UN/CEFACT puts its weight behind e-invoicing

2004

14 December: 6th UN/CEFACT Forum will be held from 14 to 18 March 2005 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

15 November 2004: TMG launches the development of the next version of the CCTS.

15 November 2004: TMG invitation to participation

01 November: UN calls for e-docs task force.

26 October: 3rd edition of the Codes for Units of Measure.

15 October:  Single Window Recommendation was formally approved.

29 September:  Release of its "UN/CEFACT - UML to UN/EDIFACT Transformation Rules" (U2E).

27 September:5 new TBG Project Proposals.

24 September: United Nations body moves global eBusiness Standards forward - UN/CEFACT set to take new direction.

9 August: Nomination form for the September Forum issued. 6 August: ATG of the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) announces the release of its "UN/CEFACT XML Naming and Design Rules" (NDR) specification for public review.

27 July:The 2004-2 UN/LOCODE directory now available. The latest version of the UN/LOCODE directories is now available for download from the UNECE Web Server.

27 May: The D.04A UN/EDIFACT directory now available. The latest version of the UN/EDIFACT directories is now available for download from the UNECE Web Server.

26 May: The presentations made during the 10th UN/CEFACT - May 2004.

27 April: The 10th UN/CEFACT Plenary session will be held in Room XI at the Palais des Nations 17 - 19 May 2004.

20 April: The Applied Technologies Group (ATG) of the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) announces the release of its UN/CEFACT Standard Business Document Header (SBDH) Technical Specification, Version 1.2.

15 March: UN/CEFACT's Information Content Management Group (ICG) announces the public review of the update of UNECE Recommendation No. 24 (Transport status codes). This revision includes a number of changes to the existing codes. The review period runs until 7 May 2004. 12 March: The 10th UN/CEFACT Plenary session will be organized in Geneva at the Palais des Nations on 17 - 19 May 2004.

18 February:   The release of  2004 - 1 UN/LOCODE directory. The latest version of the UN/LOCODE directories is now available for download from the UNECE Web Server.

29 January: UN/CEFACT Forum Coordination Team organises the fourth UN/CEFACT Forum in Bonn, Germany on 8-12 March 2004

20 January: The D03.B UN/EDIFACT directory now available. The latest version of the UN/EDIFACT directories is now available for download from the UNECE Web Server.

9 January: UN/CEFACT's Applied Technologies Group (ATG) announces the release of its "UN/CEFACT - Standard Business Document Header Technical Specification version 1.0" for Public Review under its Open Development Process. The Technical Specification is available via the ATG Web Site at http://webster.disa.org/cefact-groups/atg/downloads/index.cfm The file name is "Standard Business Document Header TS Version 1.0".

 


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