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National Trade Facilitation bodies

 

Trade facilitation involves the simplification, standardization and harmonization of procedures and associated information flows required to move goods from seller to buyer and to make payment. As this encompasses both commercial and regulatory processes, it should be approached on a partnership basis between governments and traders in order to ensure that practical and implementable solutions are developed.

A NTFB offers an open forum to identify and address regulatory and procedural bottlenecks in the trade process, to encourage inter-agency coordination, and to provide directives on major trade facilitation issues. There is a range of different types of national advisory or consultative bodies to implement trade facilitation, the most widely known are:

  • PRO Committees: as outlined in the UN/CEFACT Recommendation No. 4, these are joint government and business consultation bodies that  identify bottlenecks in trade procedures and promote solutions. In most countries the PRO committees were the main drivers for the implementation of UN/EDIFACT.
  • National Trade and Transport Facilitation Committees (NTTFC): supported by the UN Regional Commissions, UNCTAD and the World Bank as part of their technical assistance projects, NTTFCs are a variation of the above mentioned PRO Committees and act as consultative inter-institutional bodies to promote facilitation, to study international trade and transport regulations, to prepare recommendations and to create transparency on major trade and transport issues.
  • WTO National Trade Facilitation Committees (NTFC): set up under World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) to coordinate and to implement the TFA at national level. Upon entry into force, WTO Members are expected to establish or designate an NTFC.
  • FAL committees: established under the Convention of Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and aimed at encouraging the adoption and implementation of facilitation measures between government departments and other organizations as well as port authorities and ship-owners.

UN/CEFACT produced two instruments to assist member States in setting up NTFBs:

  • Recommendation No. 4 (revised in 2015) integrates Guidelines for establishing an NTFB as well as a model term of reference which countries use or customize based on their national context.  It also provides a non-exhaustive list of those stakeholders that should be represented in an NTFB.
  • Recommendation No. 40 complements Recommendation No. 4, providing alternative forms and approaches to consultations as well as offering a qualitative methodology to improve the very core of the consultative process.

With the objective to share experiences and information, UNECE has also developed a:

Background documents and useful links: 

 

 

List of National Trade Facilitation Bodies / Committees

Last modified:  1 February 2015             

AustriaAUSTRIAPRO
c/o Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
Wiedner Hauptstrasse 63
A-1045 VIENNA
Tel. N°:
Fax N°:
+43 590 900 4468
e-mail:

website:
austriapro@wko.at; christian.boser@wko.at
Contact person(s):
Mr. Christian Siefried Boser
Tel.N°:
+43 664 502 9397
e-mail:
huemer@big.tuwien.ac.at
Azerbaijan

AZERPRO
TRACECA National working group, TRACECA Intergovernmental Commission
8/2 General Aliyarbekov street
AZ-1005, Baku, Azerbaijan
Contact person:
Ulker Ahmadova
Assistant of National Secretary
(tel: +99450 312 7308)
Mr. Akif Mustafayev
National Secretary of Azerbaijan

Tel. N°:
Fax N+:
+ 99412 493 3776
+ 99412 498 64 26
e mail:akif.m@ps.traceca-org.org
Bosnia and Herzegovina SECI BIHPRO Office
Branislava Djurdjeva 10
71000 SARAJEVO  
Tel. N°:
Fax N°:
+387 33 566 170
+387 33 663 635
e-mail:
website:
seci-bih@internet.ba
Contact person:
Zijad Sinanovic
Secretary General
 
 
BrazilSIMPRO-BRAZIL
Rua Tonelero, 356/901
RIO DE JANEIRO
Tel. N°:
Fax N°:
+55 21 2255 8500
+55 21 2255 8500
 
Contact person:
Raul Colcher
Chairman
Mobile:
+55 21 8620 8500
e-mail:
rcolcher@alternex.com.br
BulgariaBULPRO
c/o Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
2 Iskar Str.,
1058 SOFIA,
Contact Person:
Mr. Krasimir Dachev
BULPRO Chairman
Tel. N°:

Fax N°:
+359 2 811 7489
+359 2 811 7465
+359 2 987 3209
e-mail:
website:
dachev@bcci.bg
China,
Taiwan Province of
TRADE-VAN INFORMATION SERVICE CO.
19-13, Sanchung Road, 6Fl.
R. O. C.
(Nankang Software Park)
TAIPEI  
Tel. N°:
Fax N°:
+886 2 3789 5556
+886 2 3789 5688
e-mail:


website:
tn.lin@tradevan.com.tw
Contact person:
Alicia Say
Manager, Business Development and Marketing Department
Tel. N°:
+886 2 3789 5762
e-mail:
alicia.say@tradevan.com.tw
CroatiaCROATIAPRO
Croatian Chamber of Economy
Rooseveltov Trg 2
HR-10000 ZAGREB  
Tel. N°:

Fax N°:
+385 1 4561 555
+385 1 4561 572
+385 1 4561 540
e-mail:
website:
ssubotic@hgk.hr
Contact person:
Saša Subotic
President CroatiaPRO
 
 
Czech RepublicFITPRO
Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic
Freyova 27
CZ-190 00 PRAHA 9

Contact person:
Marie Najmanova
Tel. N°:
Fax N°:
+420 266 721377
+420 266 721694
e-mail:
website:
fitpro@komora.cz
DenmarkDanish Standards Foundation
Kollegievej 6
DK-2920 CHARLOTTENLUND
Tel. N°:
Fax N°:
+45 39 966 101
+45 39 966 102
e-mail:
website:
dansk.standard@ds.dk
FinlandFINSIPRO
Finnish Committee for Simplification of Trade Procedures
Salomonkatu 17 A, 10th floor
00100 HELSINKI

Contact person:
Jari Salo
Tel. N°:
Fax N°:
+358 9 4763 0303
+358 9 4763 0399
e-mail:

website:
jari.salo@tieke.fi

www.tieke.fi/in_english
/_ebusiness/finsipro_workgroup/
FranceODASCE
(Office de Développement par l'Automatisation et la Simplication du Commerce Extérieur)
79 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière
75009 PARIS

Contact Person(s):
Michèle Petitgenet
Evelyne Irigaray
Tel. N°:
Fax N°:
+33 1 55 34 7682
+33 1 55 34 3820
e-mail:

website:
odasce@wwanadoo.fr

www.odasce.asso.fr
HungaryHUNPRO
c/o Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Kossuth L. tér 6-8
1055 BUDAPEST
Tel. N°:
Fax N°:
+36 1 474 5100
+36 1 474 5105
e-mail:
website:
mkik@mkik.hu / intdept@mkik.hu
www.mkik.hu
Contact person(s)
Mr. Péter Dunai
Secretary General

Mrs. Mária Tényiné Stark
Director for International Affairs
  
IcelandICEPRO
Borgartun 35
105 Reykjavik
Tel. N°:

Fax N°:

+354 510 7100

+354 893 7102
+354 568 6564

e-mail:
website:
icepro@icepro.is
www.icepro.is
IndiaINDPRO
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, B-21
Qutab Institutional Area
110016 NEW DELHI

Contact Person:
Dr. L.D. Mago
Registrar
Tel. N°:
Fax N°:
+91 11 2685 7908
+91 11 2685 3956
e-mail:
website:
ldmago@iift.ac.in
www.iift.edu
Iran, Republic of

President of Iran Center for e-Commerce Development (ICeCD), 5th floor, Building N°. 1 of Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade, Next to Hojat Doost Alley, Naderi, Keshavarz BLVD, Valiaser Square, Tehran

Contact Person:
Mr. Mohammad GARAKAN NEGBAD

Tel. N°:
Fax N°:
+98 21 8896 7159
+98 21 8896 4114
e-mail:

website:
g.nezhad@ecommerce.gov.ir
mgn1348@yahoo.com
www.eCommerce.gov.ir
Contact person:
Mr. Jafar Mahmoodi
President - Iran Centre for eCommerce Development
 
 
Italy

SEMPROITALIA
Ministry of Economic Development

Directorate-General for Internationalization Policies and Trade Promotion - Unit 2

Viale Boston 25
00144 ROME

Contact Person:
Mrs. Maria Roberta PASI

Mr. Graziano SEVERINI

Tel. N°:
+39 6 5993 2467
e-mail:
website:

roberta.pasi@mise.gov.it

graziano.severini@mise.gov.it
http://www.mise.gov.it

JapanJASTPRO
Japan Association for Simplification of International Trade Procedures
Yaesu N°. 5 Nagaoka Bldg.,
2-29-11 Hatchobori Chuoku
TOKYO 104-0032
Tel. N°:
Fax N°:
+81 3 3555 6031
+81 3 3555 6032
website:
www.jastpro.org
Contact person:
Mitsuru Ishigaki
Director, JASTPRO

 

Tel. N°:
Fax N°:
 
e-mail:
m-ishigaki@jastpro.or.jp
JordanExecutive Secretariat for Trade and Transport Facilitation
Ministry of Transport
Contact person:
Emad alFugaha
Tel. N°:
Mob. N°:
+ 0655 27 233
079777 15 42
e-mail:
website:
ealfugaha@mot.go.jo
www.mot.gov.jo
Korea, Republic of National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA)
NIPA Bldg., 79-2, Garakbon-dong
Songpa-gu
SEOUL, 138-711
Tel. N°:
Fax N°:
+82 2 2141 5437
+82 2 2141 5439
e-mail:
website:
sjkim1@nipa.kr
www.nipa.kr
Contact Person:
Seongjin Kim
Manager, Green IT Team
Tel. N°:
Fax N°:
+82 2 2141 5437
+82 2 2141 5439
e-mail:
sjkim1@nipa.kr
MaltaMalta Enterprise
Enterprise Centre, Industrial Estate
SAN GWANN SGN 3000

Contact Person:
Executive Chairman
Tel. N°:
Fax N°:
+356 2542 0000
+356 2542 3401
e-mail:
website:
info@maltaenterprise.com
www.maltaenterprise.com
MongoliaMongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MONPRO)
Room 402, MNCCI Building, Mahatma Gandhi Str.,,
Khan-Uul District,
ULAANBAATAR
Tel. N°:
Fax N°:
+976 11 327 176
+976 11 324 620 
e-mail:
website:
tsevelsaikhan@mongolchamber.mn
www.mongolchamber.mn
Contact Person:
Ms. Tsevelsaikhan
Senior Officer of Barcode and Logistics Division
Tel. N°:
Mobile N°:
+976 11 313 411
+976 9901 9141
e-mail
tsevelsaikhan@mongolchamber.mn
NetherlandsECP
Overgoo 13
P.O. Box 262
NL-2260 AG LEIDSCHENDAM
Tel. N°:
Fax N°:
+31 70 419 0309
+31 70 419 0650
e-mail:
website:
arie-van.bellen@ecp-epn.nl 
www.ecp-epn.nl
NigeriaNigeria Trade Facilitation Task Force/National Trade Facilitation Committee

Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment,
Abuja Nigeria,
Contact person:
Mr. Adamu Mohd Abdulhamid
Asst Director, WTO
Tel. N°:

+234 8034525445

e-mail:abduladam@yahoo.com
NorwayNorStella
Foundation for e-Business and Trade Procedures
Ibsenkvartalet
Genseverien 92, OSLO

Contact Person:
Arild Haraldsen
CEO Norstella
Tel. N°:
Fax N°:
+47 900 76530
+47 22 99 60 10
e-mail:
website:
terje.olsen@norstella.no
www.norstella.no
PakistanNational Trade and Transport Facilitation Committee (NTTFC)
First Floor, Azeem Avenue
2c Lane 13, Bukhari Commercial Area
Khayaban-e-Shujaat, Phase VI, DHA
KARACHI 75500
Tel. N°:
Fax N°:
+92 21 3524 25689
+92 21 3524 2570
e-mail:
website:
nttfc@cyber.net.pk
www.nttfc.org/ 
Contact Person:
Javaid Mansoor
Executive Secretary, NTTFC
Tel / Fax N°:
+92 21 35242570
e-mail:
j.mansoor@nttfc.org
PhilippinesBureau of Export Trade Promotion
Department of Trade and Industry
DTI Building, 357 Gil Puyat Avenue
MAKATI CITY, 1200
Tel. N°:
Fax N°:
+632 840 4660
+632 890 4721
e-mail:

website:
betpwilm@dti.gov.ph

tradelinephi.dti.gov.ph
www.itrc.dti.gov.ph
Contact Person(s):
Michael Dodjie R. Fabian
Wilhelmina DP. Lopez  
 
e-mail:
wilm_lopez@yahoo.com
Republic of MoldovaMOLDPRO and TFC
(Moldovan Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
Stephan cel Mare Blvd., 151
CHISINAU
Tel. N°:
Fax N°:
+373 22 245 148
+373 22 234 425
e-mail:
website:
sergiuh@chamber.md
www.chamber.md
Contact person(s):
Cucu Gheorghe
President, MOLDPRO

Harea Sergiu
Executive Director, MOLDPRO
 
 
SerbiaSERBPro Committee / TTFSE
Serbian Chamber of Commerce
Resavska 13-15 street
11000 BELGRADE
Tel. N°:


Fax N°:
+381 11 3300 938
+381 11 3248 109

+381 11 3248 060
website:
www.pks.rs
Contact Person(s):
Dusan Mladenovic, President
Marica Vidanovic, General Secretary
Jelena Jovanovic, TTFSE Web Coordinator
 
e-mail:
dusan.mladenovic@pks.rs
marica.vidanovic@pks.rs
jelena.jovanovic@pks.rs
SpainCEOE - SIMPROESPAÑA
Calle Diego de Leon 50
E-28006 MADRID
Tel.N°:


+34 91 566 3403

e-mail:
simpro@ceoe.org
mmartinez@ceoe.es

Contact Person:

Mr. Manuel Pereira Ramos, UN/CEFACT-Head of Delegation,

Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain (CEOE)

SwedenSWEPRO
Swedish Trade Procedures Council
Kommerskollegium
P.O. Box 6803
S-113 86 STOCKHOLM
Tel. N°:
Fax N°:
+46 8 690 48 00
+46 8 690 48 50
e-mail:
website:
registrator@kommers.se
www.swepro.org
www.kommers.se
VietnamVnECPRO
VietNam Center for Trade Facilitation and E-business
19/41 Truong Chinh Street
HANOI

Contact Person:
Le Thi Nhu Xuan 
Tel. N°:
Fax N°:
+84 904 153 190
+84 43 869 3824
e-mail:
website:
vnecpro@yahoo.com
www.vnecpro.net
VnPRO
VietNam Center for trade facilitation and E-business
8 Hoang Quoc Viet Street
HANOI
Tel. N°:
Fax N°:
+84 43 943 8058
+84 43 943 9733
e-mail:

website:
lnhxuan@yahoo.com
vnces-infor@most.gov.vn
www.vnecpro.org.vn