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EDI and UN/EDIFACT Technical Overview [zip]

  Draft UN/CEFACT procedure for ODP and directory announcements on the UN/CEFACT Website Version 0.4   English
ECE/TRADE/351 Paperless Trade in International Supply Chains: Enhancing Efficiency and Security   English
A Roadmap towards Paperless Trade
ECE/TRADE/329 Trade Facilitation Toolkit and Forms Repository
The Trade Facilitation Toolkit and Forms Repository assist Governments and trade associations to simplify their documentary requirements and develop consistent national series of trade documents.

The Toolkit and Repository support the requirements for simplification of documents and transparency in the implementation of trade regulations as set out in GATT Articles VIII and X.
ECE/TRADE/362 Trade Data Elements Directory
Contains the standard data elements that can be used with any method for data interchange on paper documents as well as with other means of data communication. They can be selected for transmission one by one, or used within a particular system of interchange rules, e.g. the UN/EDIFACT
ECE/TRADE/352 Recommendation and Guidelines on establishing a Single Window
Recommends the establishment of a "Single Window", whereby trade-related information need only be submitted once to fulfil all import, export and transit-related regulatory requirements. The publication also contains a detailed set of Guidelines designed to assist countries in implementation.


Trade Facilitation: Sharing the Gains of Globalization in the New Security Environment
This publication, based on two previous UNECE publications (ECE/Trade/330 and ECE/Trade/299), offers to the Russian-speaking audience, a review of main current trade facilitation issues, such as promoting trade facilitation in the new security environment and encouraging the fair distribution of the gains from trade facilitation activities
Sharing the Gains of Globalization in the New Security Environment The Challenges to Trade Facilitation
Contains contributions from representatives of UNECE, EU, WTO, WCO and the World Bank among others. The aim is to deal with the questions of how best to ensure that the rewards of global trade facilitation are shared fairly, and how to avoid reversals in the achievements of trade facilitation due to the increased security required in recent years
THE SINGLE WINDOW CONCEPT: Enhancing the efficient exchange of information between trade and government
Outlines the basic concepts and elements of a Single Window and is a prelude to the publication entitled "Recommendation and Guidelines on establishing a Single Window"
Strategic Action Plan For Trade Development 2003-2005
Outlines the key activities that will be undertaken in the UNECE’s traditional areas of standards development and maintenance, and new and strengthened activities in areas such as implementing trade facilitation instruments and assisting in trade policy development to address the needs of an expanded European economic space, sustainable development and ICT for development
Beyond Enlargement: Trade, Business and Investment in a Changing Europe
Based on the presentations and contributions to the Workshop on Trade, Business and Investment in a Wider Europe on 7 April 2003 and also documents and papers relating to the topic. The publication presents to policy makers the opportunities for further economic integration within the region after the EU enlargement of 2004. It also confronts non-acceding countries with some issues that need to be addressed in order to ensure that Europe develops in a positive manner, promoting sustainable prosperity throughout the continent.
The Challenges for Growth and Development
Consists of papers prepared for the International Forum on Trade Facilitation in May 2002. It includes contributions from organizations and businesses around the world, with an interest in trade facilitation, regarding their views and practical concerns on trade facilitation in the new global environment.
Income Distribution Impact of Trade Facilitation in Developing Countries – Background Document for the International Forum on Trade Facilitation.
Addresses the income distribution impact of trade facilitation in developing countries. The matter is considered from a general perspective, drawing on economic analysis and practical experience to construct a broad framework to explain the links between trade facilitation, income distribution and poverty
An introduction to the Basic Concepts and Benefits
Explains what is meant by the term “Trade Facilitation”. It also briefly outlines the benefits both to governments and to the business community in terms of increased economic efficiency, better security, faster delivery of goods and reduced costs
ECE/TRADE/286 Trading into the Future: E-services for Trade, Investment and Enterprise
Presents the opportunities offered by the e-services sector and the policy issues that need to be addressed in order to create a viable enabling environment to support the shift from industrial to service sectors. It also highlights the need for a highly qualified workforce to take advantage of the new openings and aims to help potential investors to manage the risks inherent in trade in e-services in transition economies
Landlocked Countries: Opportunities, Challenges, Recommendations
Attempts to describe briefly the most common and most severe challenges that landlocked countries face. It examines the transit issues and the legal and institutional framework and outlines the role of government. It also gives examples and illustrates by case studies how certain countries or organizations have managed to overcome certain constraints


ECE/TRADE/279 Compendium of Trade Facilitation Recommendations
Intended to be used as a reference by those engaged in simplifying, harmonizing and rationalizing trade procedures and practices. It is also useful for industry, commerce, transport, administrations and organizations, to create awareness of the possibilities that exist in the area of facilitation and harmonization of trade and transport

ECE/TRADE/270 United Nations Layout Key for Trade Documents - Guidelines for Application
Intended to offer a useful aid to all parties engaged in the creation and preparation of trade documents with the aim of continuing to reduce the cost and enhance the flow of international trade. It includes an extensive Appendix with illustrations of forms for several sectors based on the UN Layout Key (UNLK) and also takes into account the relationship between “paper documents” and their


ECE/TRADE/271 Facilitation Measures related to International Trade Procedures
Provides a comprehensive set of recommendations regarding international best practices and standards for the facilitation and harmonisation of trade transactions, from initial commercial documents to payment measures, official controls and transportation of goods. The document reflects recent changes in trade practice, as well as the ongoing changes brought about by the adoption of e-business tools and related business models
ECE/TRADE/254 Simplification.com
Electronic Business and the Simplification of Administration
Explains what is meant by electronic commerce and addresses the issue of the convergence of business and technology and the work of the UN/CEFACT towards electronic business. It also outlines the importance of the simplification of administrative constraints and provides examples of the use of electronic commerce to improve administration



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