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 contect of the ongoing discussions on Trade Facilitation in the WTO Doha Round.
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.
- 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.
This page contains various information materials on trade facilitation issues in general.
- “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
- Electronic Single Window Legal Issues: A Capacity-Building Guide
- Single Window Planing and Implementation Guide
- Training workshop on establishing SW in the ESCWA region, Beirut, March 2011
- ESCWA study on establishing single window (in English and Arabic)