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.
Trade Facilitation tools implemented since 2015
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Dotted line represents approximately the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir agreed upon by India and Pakistan. The final status of Jammu and Kashmir has not yet been agreed upon by the parties.
Compendium of Good Practices in Implementing the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: Experiences from Developing and Least Developed Countries
Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation in Pacific Island Developing Economies (PIDEs) 2021 Report
Analysis of maritime connectivity in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and small island developing States in the Pacific
Review of Maritime Transport 2022
Chapter 5 of the Review of Maritime Transport 2022 has five sections:
- Trade facilitation can lessen the supply chain crisis, linked to port congestion.
- Fast passage of medical supplies and other emergency goods requires specific trade facilitation measures at ports and at border crossings.
- An ever-more digitalized economy depends on electronic solutions, including automation and creating visibility of logistics operations.
- Complex maritime logistics systems depend on close cooperation between all stakeholders, users, and providers, public and private, national and foreign.
- Summary and policy recommendations.