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Trade Facilitation and E-business(UN/CEFACT)


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.

In focus

The 39th UN/CEFACT Forum, taking place virtually on 5-6 December 2022, is aimed at reviewing and making progress on UN/CEFACT project deliverables, including recommendations, standards and solutions.  

Over the two days of Forum’s sessions, experts will focus on UN/CEFACT projects across several working areas, including digital product conformity, single window, sustainable tourism, ESG traceability in value chains and the use of artificial  intelligence in trade facilitation.



9 August 2022: UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation for the “Verifiable credentials for cross border trade” project. Awareness amongst policy makers of how best to leverage verifiable credentials is low.  Furthermore, there are interoperability risks if adoption increases quickly without underlying semantic standards. This project will develop guidance material in the form of a UN/CEFACT white paper. This initiative will pave the way for cross border mutual recognition of high integrity verifiable data. If you would like more information, please contact the project lead: Steve Capell.

8 August 2022: UN/CEFACT would like to remind users that the cut-off date for submissions of DMRs for UN/CCL D.22B and UN/EDIFACT D.22B is 9 September 2022.

20 July 2022: UN/CEFACT is pleased to launch a call for participation for the “Digital Product Conformity Certificate Exchange” project. Product conformity systems and mutual recognition agreements provide global quality assurance and supply chain safety mechanisms. This project focuses on product conformity as part of a broader regulatory compliance framework to define a glide path for business-to-government (B2G) and business-to-business (B2B) transition from paper and pdf-based exchange of product conformity credentials towards a paperless future. If you would like more information, please contact the project lead: Brett Hyland.

14 July 2022: This is to announce a 60-day public review until 2022/09/14 concerning the Integrated Track and Trace for Multi-Modal Transportation Business Requirements Specifications Document project. Please use the Public Comment Log provided to facilitate the preparation of a Disposition Log by the Project Team.

13 July 2022: The UN/CEFACT secretariat is pleased to announce that the UN/EDIFACT directories version D.22A 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

13 July 2022: UNECE Secretariat has released the 2022-1 UN/LOCODE directory.

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