Trade Facilitation Agreement

Section III contains institutional and final provisions on relations with other WTO agreements, the post-entry membership process of the agreement, the WTO Trade Facilitation Committee and the national trade facilitation committees to be set up in all WTO member states. The TFA aims to expedite trade procedures, including the transfer, release and release of goods. Its full implementation could boost global trade by $1 trillion per year and reduce trade costs by 14.3% for low-income countries and more than 13% for middle-income countries. Traders in developing and industrialized countries have long stressed the enormous “administrative burden" that still weighs on the cross-border transfer of goods and which is a particular burden for small and medium-sized enterprises. The TFA contains provisions to expedite the transfer, release and release of goods, including goods in transit. Measures are also planned for effective cooperation between customs and other relevant authorities on trade facilitation and tariff compliance. It also contains provisions for technical assistance and capacity building in this area. The agreement will help to improve transparency, increase opportunities for participation in global value chains and reduce opportunities for corruption. (a) be maintained where the circumstances or objectives that lead to their adoption no longer exist or where the changed circumstances or objectives can reasonably be treated in a less restrictive manner; By ratifying the TFA, countries have embarked on a series of reforms aimed at reducing border bureaucracy, from unlocking and unlocking assets to enhanced cooperation between border authorities. It is estimated that the implementation of TFA reforms could reduce trade costs by an average of 14.5% and create about 20 million jobs – the vast majority in developing countries.

Trade facilitation is the general concept of a package of measures to reduce border bureaucracy. Heavy customs regulations pose real challenges for businesses of all sizes, internationally, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Members of the World Trade Organization have endorsed a pioneering global agreement known as the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).

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