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Wto Trade Facilitation Agreement Implementation

Contains provisions to expedite the transfer, release and release of goods, including goods in transit. It specifies and improves the relevant articles (V, VIII and X) of the 1994 General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). It also contains provisions on customs cooperation. Section I is the most important part of the agreement that contains TF measures, some of which are commonly referred to as “Best Endeavor” or “Best Efforts.” These include phrases such as: “Members… “to the extent possible or possible,” “as far as possible,” “encouraged,” “if necessary,” “must make efforts,” etc. Although all measures in the agreement are binding on all members (Article 24.2), the “Best Conclusion” provisions offer some degree of flexibility in implementation. [10] Data from the WTO TFA database tfadatabase.org/notifications/implementation/global-status visited on 20 February 2020. As you prepare for a marathon, you will train harder in areas where you are below average. Similarly, developing countries and LDCs need to pay close attention to international trade players, who are often not taken into account, such as SMEs and SMEs. The WTO estimates that direct exports account for only 7.6% of total manufacturing SME sales in developing countries (WTO, World Trade Report, 2016).

Developed countries have consistently spoken out in favour of trade facilitation reform. For example, during the global crisis, donor support for trade facilitation was relatively resilient (OECD, 2018). The excellent return on investment in trade facilitation reforms could explain this strong commitment. Empirical studies have shown that a 1% increase in trade facilitation could result in an increase in world trade of $415 million (Matthias Helble, Catherine L. Mann and John S. Wilson). The trade aid report for 2019 also reaffirms that trade facilitation is the category in which aid-for-trade financing has had the greatest impact. The TFA includes a revolutionary SDT mechanism – a first in the multilateral trading system – that allows developing countries and LDCs to determine the implementation timetable themselves, and technical assistance and capacity building (TACB) must build implementation capabilities, provided they submit a series of submissions. One option is to integrate trade facilitation reforms into national development plans.

Thus, trade facilitation is the second priority of the Aid for Trade Report (Aid for Trade Report, 2019) action matrix. Another option is to develop roadmaps for trade facilitation, to target specific objectives, as well as to activities and indicators, within a specified time frame. To date, UNCTAD has helped 23 countries develop roadmaps for trade facilitation. Like a GPS, these documents will provide the predominant direction and guide all stakeholders. [18] After the entry into force, i.e. until February 22, 2023, LDCs will be given an additional six years for the designation of Category A; while the additional time is eight years for the names of Categories B and C, which are counted after the application of these provisions. Since trade facilitation reforms have implications for several areas ranging from transparency to customs cooperation, coordination of the implementation of the TFA is enshrined in a multi-party body called the National Trade Facilitation Committees-NTF. In order to prevent the interests of some groups from taking precedence over others, NTCFs should plan ahead for the full implementation of ADTs as part of a public-private partnership approach. The OECD estimates that some $3.9 billion has been provided since 2005 to facilitate trade (OECD, 2018).

[2] The WTO, WTO members and other intergovernmental organizations, including the World Bank, the World Customs Organization and the United Nations Conference

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