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List of Press Releases - 2015-13

UN/CEFACT strengthens support to countries establishing National Trade Facilitation Bodies (18 December 2015)

National Trade Facilitation Bodies are national-level platforms which can act as the main coordinating body for Trade Facilitation reforms and can facilitate effective consultation among the public and private sector stakeholders. In recent years, a multiplicity of bodies promoting Trade ...
International standards have crucial role to play in the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (14 December 2015)

International recommendations, standards and tools have a crucial role to play in the effective implementation of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). This was the key message agreed by international experts at an event organized by UNECE jointly with the ...
Harmonizing processes and data for international trade across different modes of transport (06 November 2015)

Harmonizing processes and data for use across the different modes of transport in international trade would help goods move faster and cheaper. Global experts from the trade and transport sectors converged in Marseille this week to streamline related supply chain processes under the United Nations ...
New UNECE standard will boost international trade in persimmon (kaki fruit) (04 November 2015)

The international trade in persimmon, also known as kaki fruit, will be enhanced with the adoption today by UNECE of the first international quality standard for this fruit. Primarily grown in Asia - with China, Republic of Korea, Japan and Azerbaijan accounting for 95% of the 4.6 million tons ...
New UN Global Report Highlights Implementation Gaps in Cutting Red Tape to Facilitate Global Trade, Calls for cross-border paperless trade (20 October 2015)

A new UN report shows that just over half of the ambitious measures for cutting red tape for global trade have been implemented and the disparity in progress between developed and developing economies still exists. UNECE together with the other United Nations Regional Commissions (UNRCs) launched ...
Kyrgyzstan to remove trade barriers based on UNECE recommendations (03 September 2015)

As a core part of its new national sustainable development strategy, Kyrgyzstan will use UNECE recommendations as the basis for removing regulatory and procedural barriers to trade.  The Government expects that these, summarized in the study “Regulatory and Procedural Barriers to Trade in ...
UNECE supports trade facilitation in Central Asia (27 August 2015)

Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan are landlocked countries a long distance from the closest seaports, which creates special challenges for their participation in international trade. As a result, trade facilitation and the elimination of unnecessary procedural and regulatory barriers to trade ...
UNECE and IATA Strengthen Cooperation for Trade Facilitation Implementation (12 May 2015)

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their support to developing countries seeking to implement the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation ...
Private Sector keen to support countries in implementing the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (29 April 2015)

Private Sector representatives at the Global Facilitation Partnership meeting in Geneva last week stressed their willingness to support international organizations in assisting countries implement the recently concluded World Trade Organizations Trade Facilitation Agreement.  Speaking on ...
Use of United Nations Location Code can drastically reduce import/export costs (28 April 2015)

With more than 100,000 entries and a community of users from 249 countries, dependent territories and special areas, the United Nations Code for Trade and Transport Locations (UN/LOCODE) is a public good that helps reduce the cost of international trade. UN/LOCODE is used to identify ports, ...
UN Agencies Strengthen Cooperation for Trade Facilitation Implementation (22 April 2015)

Three key UN agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 22 April 2015 to strengthen their support for developing countries as they implement the World Trade Organization's Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO TFA). Under the terms of the MoU, UNCTAD, the International Trade Centre (ITC) ...
The UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) approves a new Recommendation on consultation approaches in trade facilitation matters (18 February 2015)

A new UNECE Recommendation (No. 40) on consultation approaches in trade facilitation matters was approved on 16 February by the  UN/CEFACT Plenary at its 21th session.  Consultations will help governments and organizations prioritize agendas and communicate results which will build trust ...
Tajikistan to use UNECE recommendations for removing barriers to trade in its national development plan (18 February 2015)

Tajikistan will use UNECE recommendations for removing regulatory and procedural barriers to trade as a core part of its new development strategy. This strategy, which is currently being finalized by the government, will set out medium and long-term socio-economic development goals,   for the ...