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UN/CEFACT

Introduction

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

Key areas of work


Recommendations


Standards


Projects


Public Reviews


UN/LOCODE
Advisory
Group


Sustainable
Fisheries

In Focus

  • Given current concerns with the Coronavirus COVID-19, the UN/CEFACT Bureau has come to the decision to postpone the 35th Forum. The health and welfare of all participants is our principle concern. Some activities will be held virtually in April; more information will be circulated in the coming weeks.
  • UN/CEFACT’s 26th Plenary Session will take place on 4 May 2020 in Geneva. There will be elections of UN/CEFACT Vice Chairs during this session as well as the review of a number of UN/CEFACT recommendations and standards will be discussed, including the revision of Recommendation 33 on Single Window, the revision of Recommendation 16 on UN/LOCODE, the revision of Recommendation 5 on INCOTERMS, Smart Container standards, and several guidance documents.
  • UN/CEFACT is “Smart Connectivity”. We are contributing to a wholistic approach of standards and guidance material within the UNECE. More is to come under the Sustainable mobility and smart connectivity nexus.

Highlights

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

9 March 2020: Given current concerns with the Coronavirus COVID-19, the UN/CEFACT Bureau has come to the decision to postpone the 35th Forum. The health and welfare of all participants is our principle concern. Some activities will be held virtually in April; more information will be circulated in the coming weeks.

9 March 2020: UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation for the project "Cross Industry Supply Chain Track and Trace". This project will develop the business cases and electronic messages necessary for the tracing (monitoring the history) and tracking (monitoring the present and future movements) of an asset (such as a lot, pallet or container). If you would like more information, please contact the project lead: Hanane Becha.

9 March 2020: This is to announce a 30-day public review until 8 April 2020 concerning the Exchange Header Envelope (XHE) project. Please use the Public Comment Log provided to facilitate the preparation of a Disposition Log by the Project Team.

26 February 2020: UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation for the project "Blockchain Services Infrastructure". This project will explore the necessary supporting tools for implementing Blockchain services and outline the technology infrastructures which can support high speed and scalable fourth generation blockchain technology. It will produce a White Paper, building upon the work already developed under the UN/CEFACT Blockchain White Papers. If you would like more information, please contact the project lead: Nena Dokuzov.

19 February 2020: UN/CEFACT would like to remind users that the cut-off date for submissions of new DMRs for UN/CCL D.20A and UN/EDIFACT D.20A is the 2 March 2020.

5 February 2020: Elections of UN/CEFACT Vice Chairs will take place on Monday, 4 May 2020, in Geneva during the 26th UN/CEFACT Plenary. The roles and responsibilities of UN/CEFACT Vice Chairs are described in the UN/CEFCT Mandate and Terms of Reference, paragraphs 35 to 51. The full procedure, associated forms and references are available on the “Election Vice Chair” tab of the Plenary website. The candidacies should be received directly from country missions by 15 March 2020.

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