Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation — a survey carried out every two years since 2015 jointly by the five United Nations Regional Commissions (UNRCs) — ECA, ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP and ESCWA. The fourth Servey has been launched in January 2021. The results are expected to be published in June 2021.
Information about the 2021 Survey
The 2021 Survey is conducted on the basis of an updated questionnaire, developed by the UN Regional Commissions in cooperation with UNCTAD, ICC, OECD and many other collaborating institutions. This year’s Survey covers 58 measures including a new set of measures on ‘Trade Facilitation in Times of Crisis’ referring to immediate and long-term measures aimed at addressing crisis situations like the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Global Launch of the UN Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation 2021 will be co-organized by the UN Regional Commissions on 14 July at 1000 – 1130 hrs (Geneva). For registration and further details, please visit the event page.
PurposeThe survey results allow the countries to monitor progress in the implementation of measures for sustainable and digital trade facilitation and serve as evidence base for policymaking helping to identify areas where efforts are most needed to address the remaining policy, legal, regulatory and technical obstacles as well as needs for capacity-building and technical assistance. The member States can benefit from other countries’ experiences and learn from good practices.
ScopeThrough the Survey UNRCs collect and analyse data on the implementation of 53 detailed measures for sustainable and digital trade facilitation, including, but not limited to, those of the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO TFA).
The latest 2019 survey covers 128 economies worldwide. The UNECE regional report analyses the progress in implementation of trade facilitation measures in 42 member States.
The survey results are analysed and published in the form of reports — five regional (one per UNRC) and one global, available on the United Nations Trade Facilitation (UNTF) Survey Portal.