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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.

Expected Deliverables:

  • Joint UNRC view on key Trade Facilitation issues
  • Joint Package of information and capacity building resources on Trade Facilitation issues
  • Coordination and cooperation on Trade Facilitation work and Capacity Building
  • Dissemination of information on UNRC activities in Trade Facilitation
  • Coordination with key UN and related agencies on TF

The Joint Capacity Building Package includes the following components (information and capacity building resources provided by respective Regional Commissions.

Global Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation

In 2014-2015, the United Nations Regional Commissions (UNRCs) including ECA, ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP and ESCWA in collaboration with UNCTAD, OECD, ITC and a few other international organizations have conduced a global survey to collect relevant data and information on trade facilitation and paperless trade implementation in their respective member States. The survey reports are available here.

Trade facilitation and Border Facilitation

Trade Facilitation Committees/Groups

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.



Business Process Analysis (BPA) and Data harmonization (DH)

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.


  • UN/CEFACT recommendation to governments on data harmonization (recommendation No. 34  ENG   FRE   RUS)


Single Window (SW)

This page contains recommendations, guides, studies and examples of countries’s experiences on introducing and using mechanism of single window in international trade.




Global Supply Chains (UNDA 7th tranche)

Experience and Information Sharing Networks

Education on Standardization