Our Work on Trade Facilitation

Our Work on Trade Facilitation

Trade Facilitation

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.


Empowerment Programme for National Trade Facilitation Committees (NTFCs)

Empowerment Programme  

UNCTAD provides an intensive professional program for the Secretariat and the members of National Trade Facilitation Committees (NTFCs). The main objective is to help them implement, in a coordinated manner, trade facilitation reforms, including the provisions of the Agreement on Trade Facilitation of the World Trade Organization.


Trade Facilitation Committees around the World

Trade Facilitation Committees  

UNCTAD has actively participated and supported the establishment of NTFCs in developing countries.

In line with this long-standing commitment, in a joint effort lead by UNCTAD with the participation of ITC and UNECE a repository has been created containing case studies from countries that have set up NTFCs.


Customs Automation: Automated SYstem for CUstoms DAta (ASYCUDA)


ASYCUDA is a computerised customs management system which covers most foreign trade procedures. The system handles manifests and customs declarations, accounting procedures, transit and suspense procedures. It generates trade data that can be used for statistical economic analysis. The ASYCUDA software is developed in Geneva by UNCTAD.


Transport and Trade Facilitation Newsletter


The UNCTAD Transport and Trade Facilitation Newsletter is a quarterly bulletin on current topics and projects in trade facilitation and international transport.


Trade Facilitation Technical Notes

Technical Notes  

These notes introduce technical and practical details of major trade facilitation concepts and best practices as they relate to the consolidated draft text of the WTO negotiations on trade facilitation.

Each of the technical notes was written by an acknowledged expert in the field and provides technical and practical information on a trade facilitation concept, recommendation or best practices.


Transport and Trade Facilitation Publications


UNCTAD compiles both transport and trade facilitation issues in a series of publications.


Transport Policy and Legislation: Studies and Reports


As part of its mandate on trade logistics, UNCTAD carries out substantive research and analysis on a wide range of legal and policy issues affecting transport and trade. Where appropriate, formal and informal meetings convened by UNCTAD also provide an important forum for discussion of relevant issues by member States, public and private sector stakeholders and other experts. Advice and guidance on legal and policy issues is provided upon request.


Train-For-Trade Programme

Train-For-Trade Programme  

The TrainForTrade programme focuses on developing skills, knowledge and capacities through innovative development approaches based on a recognised pedagogical method and state-of-the-art technological solutions.


Business Facilitation Program: Foreign Trade

Business Facilitation Program  

Foreign trade procedures, forms, documents and contact data can be published through the presented step-by-step.

For each step, the portal shows the institution/office/civil servant in charge, the expected result, the forms and other requirements, the cost, the duration, the legal basis and ways to complain (online or in person).


Non-tariff Measures Programme

Non-tariff Measures Programme  

Non-tariff measures (NTMs) are policy measures other than tariffs that can potentially have an economic effect on international trade in goods. They are increasingly shaping trade, influencing who trades what and how much.

Understanding the uses and implications of NTMs is essential for policymakers, trade negotiators and researchers to strike the delicate balance between the reduction of trade costs and the preservation of public objectives.



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