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38th UN/CEFACT Forum: Dealing with Supply Chain disruptions: the role of trade facilitation and international standards

16 May 2022 13:30 - 15:00
Virtual meeting Geneva Switzerland

With supply chains disrupted, trade facilitation is put to the test. Closed borders, closed offices, trade sanctions, and emergency situations, call for new solutions to ensure cross-border movement of goods and relief items and to prepare better for emergency situations. This meeting will discuss why trade facilitation and e-business standards still matter, solutions to prepare for emergency situations, and instruments needed to make trade compliance easier.


13.30 - 13.35

Welcome and Introduction

  • Mr. Ian Watt, UN/CEFACT Vice-Chair

13.35 - 14.00  

The keynote addresses

  • Mr. Klemens Kober, Director Trade Policy, EU Customs, Transatlantic Relations, Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce
  • Mr. William Petty, Deputy Director, Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

14.00 - 15.15

Cross-border movement of emergency relief items

Emergency situations call for instant actions be government to facilitate the import of relief items. This session will discuss the challenges and how to prepare for such events.

  • Mr. Igor Hribar, International Sales Austria & SOE Business Development Austria & SOE, DB Cargo   PPT
  • Ms. Virgine Bohl, Coordinator, IMPACCT
  • Ms. Vyara Filipova, Technical Officer, Procedures and Facilitation, World Customs Organization   PPT

15.15 - 15.30

Questions and Answers