Trade Facilitation

Long waiting times at borders, inappropriate fees, cumbersome formalities, and inadequate or unclear rules and regulations, can all become serious obstacles to trade, and as a consequence adversely affect investment, employment and trade-led development.

UNCTAD assists developing countries in identifying their particular trade and transport facilitation needs and priorities, and helps them program the implementation of specific trade and transport facilitation measures.

UNCTAD organizes workshops and seminars at the regional and national levels, publishes relevant information and training material, and provides technical assistance through numerous projects.



03 September 2020ASYCUDA powers delivery of aid in Beirut, ready to scale up
05 May 2020National trade facilitation committees lead reforms, respond to COVID-19
27 April 2020Ten-point plan to bolster global transport, ease trade during COVID-19
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20 April 2020UK provides £1.4 million more for trade facilitation initiatives
09 April 2020COVID-19 affirms urgency of trade facilitation reforms in Angola
25 March 2020Coronavirus: Let's keep ships moving, ports open and cross-border trade flowing
19 March 2020UNCTAD helps make trade cheaper and faster in Paraguay
03 March 2020Nouveau projet pour faciliter les échanges commerciaux en afrique centrale
03 March 2020New project seeks to ease trade across central Africa
25 February 2020Why both Developing and Developed Countries must have a National Trade Facilitation Committee
21 February 2020Implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: Not a sprint but a marathon
21 November 2019Ensuring the sustainability of National Trade Facilitation Committees: a persistent challenge
06 September 2019Boosting trade facilitation, a leverage for Central Africa regional integration
23 August 2019UNCTAD launches new training module on Monitoring and Evaluation for National Trade Facilitation Committees
07 August 2019Container ports: the fastest, the busiest, and the best connected
24 July 2019UNCTAD, TradeMark East Africa extend deal to ease trade
30 years
10 July 2019ASYCUDA marks 30 years of helping customs agencies boost revenue
09 May 2019Trade facilitation reforms spur development, experts say
22 February 2019The World Trade Organization's Trade Facilitation Agreement at two: Where do members stand?
22 February 2019Analysis shows positive but patchy progress in WTO pact
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 Meetings and Events

Start DateTitleLocationCountry
27-28 Oct 2020Multi-year Expert Meeting on Transport, Trade Logistics and Trade Facilitation, eighth session[VIRTUAL MEETING]
27 Apr 2020Trade Facilitation and Expedited Shipments. Lessons learned from the COVID-19 crisis (10:30-12:00 CEST; )UNCTAD
21-24 Apr 2020Training of Trainers Module of UNCTAD Empowerment Programme for National Trade Facilitation Committees in LesothoMaseruLesotho
20-24 Apr 2020Special Intensive Module 2 of UNCTAD Empowerment Programme for National Trade Facilitation CommitteesBelmopanBelize
24-27 Mar 2020Monitoring and Evaluating Tools to support Lesotho’s National Trade Facilitation Roadmap– A Special Module 3 of the UNCTAD Empowerment Programme for National Trade Facilitation CommitteesMaseruLesotho
10-13 Mar 2020Training Workshop – Module 2, UNCTAD Empowerment Programme for National Trade Facilitation Committees/ Workshop De Formação – Modulo 2, Programa de Capacitação da CNUCED para os Comités Nacionais de Facilitação do Comércio LuandaAngola
09-12 Mar 2020Module 1 du Programme de renforcement des capacités du Comité national de la facilitation des échanges de la République du Congo – CNUCED / CEEAC / BADBrazzavilleCongo
03-06 Mar 2020Lancement du Programme Régional de Renforcement des Capacités du Comité National sur la Facilitation des Echanges de la République Démocratique du Congo – CNUCED / CEEAC / BADKinshasaDemocratic Republic of the Congo
17-21 Feb 2020Special Intensive Module 2 of UNCTAD Empowerment Programme for National Trade Facilitation CommitteesSaint George'sGrenada
17-21 Feb 2020Special Intensive Module 2 of UNCTAD Empowerment Programme for National Trade Facilitation CommitteesKingstownSaint Vincent and the Grenadines
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