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Trade Facilitation and E-business(UN/CEFACT)

Introduction

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The United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) is a subsidiary, intergovernmental body of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) which serves as a focal point within the United Nations Economic and Social Council for trade facilitation recommendations and electronic business standards. It has global membership and its members are experts from intergovernmental organizations, individual countries' authorities and also from the business community.

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Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business Resources for COVID-19 Response

The COVID-19 pandemic has evolved from a health crisis into an economic crisis causing major disruption in global trade. The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and its subsidiary inter-governmental body - UN/CEFACT have a number of tools and resources that can be used to address the immediate and long term challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to facilitate global trade. The aim of this website is to provide a non-exhaustive list of such resources on trade facilitation and digitalization.

Highlights

 

14 April 2021: The Core Component Library (CCL) D21A and XML Schema D21A have been validated by the Validation Focal Point and published in the UN/CEFACT website.

30 March 2021: UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation for the project “Encouraging Private Sector Participation in National Trade Facilitation Bodies”. The project will provide clear, accessible and concise guidance for encouraging private sector participation in NTFB. If you would like more information, please contact the project lead: Birgit Viohl.

22 February 2021: UN/CEFACT would like to remind users that the cut-off date for submissions of the new DMRs for UN/LOCODE release 2021-1 is 31 March 2021.

08 February 2021: UN/CEFACT would like to remind users that the cut-off date for submissions of DMRs for UN/CCL D.21A and UN/EDIFACT D.21A is 12 March 2021.

08 February 2021: The UN/CEFACT Bureau is pleased to announce a call for candidatures for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Agri-food Domain Coordinator within UN/CEFACT for the period until second quarter 2022. The role and responsibilities of domains and domain coordinators is available on the website. The structure of domains and the Programme Development Areas are posted on the website.  Please refer to the announcement and candidature form. Interested candidatures are welcome until 8 March 2021; filled candidature form should be sent to the Secretary of UN/CEFACT.

08 February 2021: UN/CEFACT is pleased to announce the launch of a new project on Sustainable Development and Circular Economy Reference Data Model. Improving sustainability including circularity has become one of the major objectives of most industries and sectors, in order to increase their ability to manage their supply chains more effectively and sustainably. This project will provide a subset of the Buy-Ship-Pay Reference Data Model which will allow harmonization with transactions throughout the supply chain. For more information, please contact the Project Leader.

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Events

27th Session - UN/CEFACT Plenary
19 - 20 April
Salle TPS 2, Palais des Nations Geneva Switzerland
36th UN/CEFACT Forum
26 April - 07 May
Virtual WebEx meeting Geneva Switzerland
36th UN/CEFACT Forum Webinar: Single Window and COVID-19
04 May
Virtual WebEx meeting Geneva Switzerland
Fifth Meeting - UN/LOCODE Advisory Group
08 - 09 November
Salle XXVII Geneva Switzerland
Advisory Group on Advanced Technologies in Trade and Logistics - Third session
10 - 11 November
Salle XXVII, Palais des Nations Geneva Switzerland