Joint UNRCs Approach to Trade Facilitation
The Joint Approach to Trade Facilitation (TF) of the UN Regional Commissions (UNRCs)
The Joint UNRC Approach to Trade Facilitation (TF) was agreed in Beirut in January 2010 by the Executive Secretaries of the five Regional Commissions and was subsequently endorsed by all five Regional Commissions.
The Approach was designed to enable the UNRCs to present a joint (global) view on key Trade Facilitation issues – particularly from the regional and interregional level, and especially in relation to capacity building needs and approaches. This is particularly important in the context of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.
Also it was considered that, as supply chains are becoming increasingly global, a joint approach to trade facilitation policy development and implementation would enhance the effectiveness of UNRC technical assistance and capacity building initiatives in own region. The representatives of all five RCs met in Geneva in December 2011 and confirmed the value of the initiative and their readiness of working together.
The Joint Capacity Building Package includes the following components (information and capacity building resources provided by respective Regional Commissions.
This page contains various information materials on trade facilitation issues in general.
- Towards a Continental Free Trade area in Africa: A CGE Modelling Assessment with a focus on Agriculture
- Deepening Regional Integration in Africa: A Computable General Equilibrium Assessment of the Establishment of a Continental Free Trade Area followed by a Continental Customs Union
- Assessing Regional Integration in Africa: African Union African Development Bank Economic Commission for Africa Enhancing Intra-African Trade
- Assessing Regional Integration in Africa: Towards an African Continental Free Trade Area
- “Trade facilitation implementation guide”
- Joint OSCE-UNECE Handbook of best practices at border crossings ENG RUS
- Compilation of good customs practices (in response to a Russian business request)
This page contains information materials devoted to coordination and consultations between governmental agencies and private sector and also between various governmental bodies on a national level on various issues relating to trade facilitation.
- Recommendation on establishing TF committees (recommendation No. 4)
- Repository of TF bodies and their contact information
- Repository of experiences of national multi-agency TF groups
This page describes processes to be followed to analyse business processes and movements of goods, relating documents and of information flows as a pre-requisite for simplifying procedures, documents and information requirements leading to data harmonization on a national and on trans-boundary levels.
This page contains recommendations, guides, studies and examples of countries’s experiences on introducing and using mechanism of single window in international trade.
- set of recommendations relating to establishing single window (UN/CEFACT recommendation No. 33),
- data harmonization for single window (UN/CEFACT recommendation No. 34),
- legal infrastructure for single window (UN/CEFACT recommendation No. 35),
- UNECE repository of SW experiences
- Guide for the Design of Aligned Trade Forms for Paperless Trade
- Electronic Single Window Legal Issues: A Capacity-Building Guide
- Single Window Planing and Implementation Guide
- Single Window Implementation Toolkit
- Training workshop on establishing SW in the ESCWA region, Beirut, March 2011
- ESCWA study on establishing single window (in English and Arabic)
Global Trade Facilitation Forums
- Road map to information requirements in supply chains
- Trends for collaboration in international trade: building a common Single Window Environment (ECE/TRADE/411)
- ECE: UNECE study on global supply and logistics chains at CIS region
- ECLAC: IItercambio de información en las cadenas de suministro internacionales -El caso de la cadena de suministro de flor fresca cortada colombiana para la exportación / Exchange of information in international supply chains - The case of the Colombian fresh cut flowers for export supply chain
- ESCAP: Study on Regional Arrangements for Facilitation of Cross-Border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific
ESCWA: Enhancing Information Exchange for Intra Arab Agricultural & Food Trade
10-13 June 2013, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Timetable for the TFIG and Global Supply Chains Regional Training Workshop
10-11 October 2013, Minsk, Belarus - Programme
- ECLAC: TFIG Workshop Agenda
- ESCAP: Capacity Building Workshop on Facilitating Cross-border Paperless Supply Chain, 10-11 July 2013, Bangkok, Thailand
- ESCWA, 13-16 May 2013, Aqaba, Jordan; TFIG Workshop Agenda
Second Global Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation
The second Global Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation will be carried out until the end of March 2017. It is jointly conducted by the United Nations Regional Commissions (UNRCs) - ECA, ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP and ESCWA.
Building on the success of the first Global Survey of 2015, the second Global Survey aims to collect relevant data and information on trade facilitation and paperless trade implementation from their respective Member States. The results of this initiative are expected to provide useful information to support the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement as well as emerging global and regional initiatives on paperless trade and e-trade. It will put emphasis on measures of particular importance to SMEs and the agricultural sector.
The Survey will lead to the production of a Global Report and five Regional Reports, which aim at providing insightful information for policy makers to harness trade as a key means of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Partnership was key to the success for the first Global Survey, and will be further strengthened for the second Global Survey. Interested UN Organizations, other relevant regional and subregional organizations, industry associations, academia, research institutes and other stakeholders, are very welcome to join the initiative.
In order to best complete the survey, we suggest you to take two steps:
First Global Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation 2015
The United Nations Regional Comissions (UNRCs) including ECA, ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP and ESCWA, in collaboration with UNCTAD, OECD, ITC, OCO and SELA, have conducted a global survey to collect relevant data and information on trade facilitation and paperless trade implementation in their respective member states. Outcomes of the survey are expected to enable the countries to better understand and monitor progress in trade facilitation, support evidence-based policy-making, and highlight the needs for capacity building and technical assistance.
The global survey represents a key initiative under the framework of the Joint UNRC Approach to Trade Facilitation, agreed upon in Beirut, January 2010 to enable the five UNRCs to present a joint global view on key trade facilitation issues. Survey questionnaire and process are available here while the survey results and data collected are available below.