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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

Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business Resources for COVID-19 Response

The COVID-19 pandemic has evolved from a health crisis into an economic crisis causing major disruption in global trade. The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and its subsidiary inter-governmental body - UN/CEFACT have a number of tools and resources that can be used to address the immediate and long term challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to facilitate global trade. The aim of this website is to provide a non-exhaustive list of such resources on trade facilitation and digitalization.

Highlights

1 July 2020: UNECE Secretariat has released the 2020-1 UN/LOCODE directory

30 June 2020: UN/CEFACT is happy to announce a 60-day public review until 30 August 2020 concerning the second part of the Cross Border Facilitation Measures For Disaster Relief project. Please use the Public Comment Log provided to facilitate the preparation of a Disposition Log by the Project Team.

19 June 2020: UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation for the project "Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF)".  In 2012-2013, UN/CEFACT developed the RASFF and this standard has been implemented in many economies around the world. This project shall update and finalize the business requirements specification (BRS) document for this standard. If you would like more information, please contact the project lead: Michael Dill.

19 June 2020: UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation for the project "International Forwarding and Transport".  UN/CEFACT has already developed a comprehensive Multi-Modal Transport Reference Data Model (MMT-RDM)  to cover all the needs of international forwarding and transport. Many today are still using document-centric messages for things like booking, shipping instructions, status reports, waybills… This project shall develop the individual standards for these messages based on the MMT-RDM, allowing for either a document-focused exchange of the information or a process-driven exchange of the information. If you would like more information, please contact the project lead: Michael Dill.

19 June 2020: UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation for the project "Dangerous Goods ".  The UN/EDIFACT Dangerous Goods Notification message (IFTDGN) has been widely implemented over the past 20+ years. However, there have been some changes in legislations and business requirements. This project shall update the IFTDGN message and produce an XML equivalent based on the UN/CEFACT MMT-RDM. If you would like more information, please contact the project lead: Nico de Cauwer.

19 June 2020: UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation for the project "Packing List". The Packing List is a data exchange to support sellers providing transport services providers with shipment delivery information. This project shall develop the required eBusiness standards and electronic messages for this exchange, based on the Supply Chain Reference Data Model. If you would like more information, please contact the project lead: Michael Dill.

17 June 2020: UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation for the project "Pandemic Crisis Recovery".  With the COVID-19 crisis and the disruptions to trade around the world, it is clear that harmonized guidance on how to address such situations is necessary. This work will Build upon the work within the UN/CEFACT Disaster Recovery project which is currently out for Public Review. If you would like more information, please contact the project lead: Lance Thompson.

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