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UN/CEFACT Supporting implementation of the WTO TFA

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The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement is a multilateral agreement aiming to streamline border processes and cut red tape. It entered into force on 22 February 2017. UN/CEFACT can help implementation of these articles among others.

Art.10.1. Formalities and Documentation Requirements Recommendation 1 on UN Layout Key provides a standard format and methodology of document management since the 1970s.

Recommendation 18 provides a comprehensive set of recommendations regarding best practices and standards for the facilitation and harmonization of trade transactions.

Art.10.3. Use of International Standards UN/CEFACT offers a number of eBusiness standards in all trade domains covering transport, supply chain, procurement, finance, accounting, agriculture, energy, tourism, among others. The UN/EDIFACT syntax is the only centrally maintained and developed message exchange standard widely used since the 1980s. UN/CEFACT XML messages, each accompanied by their business process standards provide a standard and stable alternative in the plethora of syntaxes available.

UN/CEFACT Code Lists are used by nearly every major international standards organization and contribute to mutual comprehension of data across language barriers.
Art.10.4. Single Window UN/CEFACT developed the first guidance material on Single Window which is widely used by other standards organizations as their basis and by many economies for their implementations. A suite of four recommendations have been developed to cover additional points like data harmonization, creating a legally enabling environment and interoperability. UN/CEFACT continues to develop guidance material in this area.

These are some examples of UN/CEFACT’s deliverables. The full list can be found and downloaded free of charge on our website: