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UNECE’s Trade Facilitation Implementation Guide (TFIG) proves popular

Since its launch in September 2012, use of UNECE’s Trade Facilitation Implementation Guide (TFIG) has grown exponentially. In 2014 alone, the Guide received over 670,000 page views from over 170 countries around the world. The Website has received over 150,000 unique visitors to date. 

TFIG is a comprehensive online tool designed to assist trade facilitation policy makers and implementers. It can help users to identify, examine and select available instruments (recommendations, standards and tools) from all key international organizations and sets out implementation approaches and methodologies. The Guide also has a special section on implementing the measures contained in the recently concluded WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.  The Guide is available in English, French, Russian and Spanish and will also be accessible in Arabic early 2015.

The creation and promotion of the Guide has been possible with the support of the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and the collaboration of experts from different international organisations. It was developed in collaboration with other international organizations including the World Customs Organization (WCO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the International Trade Centre (ITC), and the UN Regional Commissions.

UNECE is planning further enhancements of the Guide in 2015.

The Trade Facilitation Implementation Guide can be accessed at tfig.unece.org

For further information contact Tom Butterly: Email tom.butterly@unece.org