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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

 

8 January 2021: UN/CEFACT is happy to announce a 60-day public review until 10 March 2021 of the Implementation Guide for UN/CEFACT eCert Standard for Sanitary and Phyto Sanitary Measures. Please use the Comment Template provided to facilitate the preparation of a Disposition Log by the Project Team.

18 December 2020: UNECE Secretariat has released the 2020-2 UN/LOCODE directory.

16 December 2020: UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation for the “Transport Modal Views of MMT” project. This project aims to provide modal-specific data exchange eBusiness standards. If you would like more information, please contact the project lead: Michael Dill

1 December 2020: The UN/CEFACT secretariat is pleased to announce that the UN/EDIFACT directories version D.20B has been validated by the Validation Focal Point and officially published. It is now available for browsing in the UN/EDIFACT section of the UN/CEFACT website. and can be downloaded from the UN/EDIFACT Directories.

1 December 2020:  UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation for the “Open Finance for Trade Facilitation”. This project will investigate how the application of innovative API-based financial services could support Trade Facilitation. If you would like more information, please contact the project lead: Fabio Sorrentino.

6 November 2020: The Core Component Library (CCL) D20B and XML Schema D20B have been validated by the Validation Focal Point and published in the UN/CEFACT website.

4 November 2020: UN/CEFACT is happy to announce a 60-day public reviews until 3 January 2021 of the BRS High Level Process and Data Model and BRS Transparency and Traceability Process and CCBDA Data Model, developed under the project “Enhancing Transparency and Traceability for Sustainable Value Chains in Garment and Footwear”. Please use the Public Comment Log provided to facilitate the preparation of a Disposition Log by the Project Team.

2 November 2020: UN/CEFACT is happy to announce a 60-day public review until 2 January 2021 concerning the Pandemic Crisis Trade-Related Response Project. Please use the Public Comment Log provided to facilitate the preparation of a Disposition Log by the Project Team.

20 October 2020: UN/CEFACT is happy to announce a 60-day public review until 20 December 2020 of the Policy Recommendation, developed under the project “Enhancing Transparency and Traceability for Sustainable Value Chains in Garment and Footwear”. Please use the Public Comment Log provided to facilitate the preparation of a Disposition Log by the Project Team.



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Events

27th Session - UN/CEFACT Plenary
19 - 20 April
Palais des Nations 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