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TRADE/WP.4/GE.2/104
14 June 1996

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ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE
COMMITTEE ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF TRADE

Working Party on Facilitation of
International Trade Procedures
Meeting of Experts on Procedures and
Documentation (GE.2)
(Fifty-fourth session, 18 September 1996)
   

PROVISIONAL AGENDA FOR THE FIFTY-FOURTH SESSION

to be held in the Palais des Nations, Geneva, starting
at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 18 September 1996
1. Adoption of the agenda TRADE/WP.4/GE.2/104
2. Programme of work and priorities TRADE/WP.4/165
TRADE/WP.4/R.1234
3. Analysis of the International Trade Transaction (ITT) TRADE/WP.4/R.1232
4. Implementation of ECE/FAL Recommendations
(a) Recommendation No.4 "National Trade Facilitation Organizations" TRADE/WP.4/R.898/Rev.7
(b) Recommendation No.10 "Ships' codes" TRADE/WP.4/R.1253
(c) Recommendation No. 12 "Measures to facilitate transport documents procedures" TRADE/WP.4/R.1254
(d) Recommendation No. 17" PAYTERMS - Abbreviations for Terms of Payment"
(e) Recommendation No. 20 "Codes for Units of Measure used in International Trade" TRADE/WP.4/R.1224
TRADE/WP.4/R.1224/Add.1
TRADE/WP.4/R.1224/Add.2
TRADE/WP.4/R.1224/Add.3
(f) Recommendation No. 18 "Facilitation measures related to international trade procedures" TRADE/WP.4/R.1225
TRADE/WP.4/R.1226
5. Revision of the Kyoto Convention TRADE/WP.4/R.1257
6. Trade documents names and functions

7.

Aligned forms and the Trade Data Elements Directory (UNTDED) TRADE/WP.4/R.1236

8.

Legal/commercial aspects of trade facilitation TRADE/WP.4/R.1236

9.

Any other business ECE/TRADE/200

10.

Adoption of the Report of the fifty-fourth session

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EXPLANATORY NOTES TO THE PROVISIONAL AGENDA

    Introduction

  1. The provisional agenda for the fifty-third session of the Meeting of Experts on Procedures and Documentation (GE.2) has been established in accordance with decisions taken by the Working Party on Facilitation of International Trade Procedures at its forty-third session in March 1996.

  2. The provisional timetable presented below has been agreed upon by the Bureau of the Working Party on Facilitation of International Trade Procedures for its forty-fourth session and for the sessions of its Meetings of Experts. It is expected that the experts of GE.1 and GE.2 will have a joint session on legal issues in the morning of Thursday, 19 September 1996.

                                                          
                                            a.m.            p.m.
    
     Monday         16 September 1996   Informal Meeting    GE.1
     Tuesday        17 September 1996       GE.1            GE.1
     Wednesday      18 September 1996       GE.2            GE.2
     Thursday       19 September 1996       GE.1/GE.2       WP.4
     Friday         20 September 1996       WP.4            WP.4
                                                            
    

  3. The informal meeting of delegations will take place on Monday, 16 September 1996 starting at 10.00 and continuing until 13.00. During the meeting on 16 September 1996, the WP.4 Bureau will present the consolidated final report from the three ad hoc groups (for Programme Development, Centre Implementation and Empowerment) established to develop the plans and terms of reference necessary for the implementation of the Re-engineering proposal approved at the September 1995 WP.4 session. The WP.4 meeting beginning at 15.00 on 19 September 1996 will be to debate and discuss the same document. In the context of trade facilitation work, the word "delegations" refers not only to countries but also to international organizations regularly represented at meetings.

    Item 1 - Adoption of the agenda

  4. In accordance with the Commission's Rules of Procedures, the first item on the provisional agenda (document TRADE/WP.4/GE.2/104) is the adoption of the agenda.

    Item 2 - Programme of work and priorities

  5. In the light of progress made since the twenty-eighth session of the Working Party (September 1989) when the current version of the programme of work (TRADE/WP.4/165) was approved, the Meeting of Experts agreed to start with its amendment on the basis of the proposals made by its Chairman.

  6. Document TRADE/WP.4/R.1234 contains the consolidated final report from the Bureau on the work of three re-engineering teams established at the September 1995 session of WP.4.

    Item 3 - Analysis of the International Trade Transaction (ITT)

  7. Document Trade/WP.4/R.1232 contains the report by the Steering group of the Maintenance Agency for the International Trade Transaction (ITT) modelling activities since the 53d session of GE.2.

    Item 4 - Implementation of ECE/FAL Recommendations

  8. The Meetings of Experts consider during their sessions the questions relating to the implementation of specific measures falling under their respective programme items of work.

    (a) Recommendation No. 4 "National Trade Facilitation Organizations"

  9. To encourage a discussion on the development of national and regional committees on facilitation of international trade procedures and the revision of Recommendation 4, the secretariat has amended the list of existing committees and focal points (document TRADE/WP.4/R.898/Rev.7).

    (b) Recommendation No.10 "Ships' codes"

  10. Document TRADE/WP.4/R.1253 prepared by ICS contains a draft revision of this Recommendation. This document is for approval.

    (c) Recommendation No.12 "Measures to facilitate transport documents procedures"

  11. Document TRADE/WP.4/R.1254 contains a contribution of the delegation of France to promote the use of non-negotiable documents in conjunction with the developments of the BOLERO project.

    (d) Recommendation No. 17 "PAYTERMS - Abbreviations for Terms of Payment"

  12. It is expected that the ad hoc group on the revision of this Recommendation set up at the 53d session of GE.2 will report on the study on the use of the numeric codification of Terms of Payment recommended in document TRADE/WP.4/R.454.

    (e) Recommendation No.20 "Codes for Units of Measure Used in International Trade"

  13. Documents TRADE/WP.4/R.1224 and its three adenda contain the revised versions of Recommendation No. 20 "Codes for Units of Measure used in International Trade" approved during the last session of GE.1.

    (f) Recommendation No.18 "Facilitation measures related to international trade procedures"

  14. Delegations will report on the activities in respect of Recommendation No.18. Document TRADE/WP.4/R.1255 is a questionnaire on PSI procedure prepared by the secretariat and introduced as TRADE/WP.4/CRP.68 in March 1996. This document is for discussion.

  15. Document TRADE/WP.4/R.1256 contains the WTO decision of 13 December 1995 on the operation of the independent entity established under article 4 of the agreement on Preshipment inspection (TRADE/WP.4/R.1066).

    Item 5 - Revision of the Kyoto Convention

  16. Document TRADE/WP.4/R.1257 is a Note on the subject prepared by the delegation of the Netherlands to define the role of WP.4 in the revision of this Convention.

    Item 6 - Trade documents names and functions

  17. At the previous session it was agreed to revert to this subject after finalization of the WP.4 re-engineering process.

    Item 7 - Aligned forms and the Trade Data Elements Directory (UNTDED)

  18. Document TRADE/WP.4/R.1258, Purchase Order Layout, and TRADE/WP.4/R.1259, Single Administrative Document for Customs Declaration, are inputs by the delegation of Romania which were introduced at the 53d session of GE.2 as TRADE/WP.4/CRP.86 and TRADE/WP.4/CRP.87 respectively.

    Item 8 - Legal and commercial aspects of trade facilitation

  19. Document TRADE/WP.4/R.1236 contains the report from the Legal Rapporteurs. This document is for information and discussion.

    Item 9 - Other business

  20. In accordance with the decision taken by WP.4 at its September 1995 session, the secretariat published all the Recommendations approved by the Working Party (document ECE/TRADE/200).

    Item 10 - Adoption of the Report of the fifty-fourth session

  21. In accordance with established practice, the Meeting of Experts will adopt the Report of its fifty-fourth session in the form of a summary, prepared by the secretariat, of decisions taken during the session, to be presented to the Working Party for approval.
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