Suggested itineraries respond to a number of frequently asked questions (FAQs) for trade facilitation and, through roadmaps, explore specific contents in the Guide.
WTO Agreement on TF
WTO Members adopted a new Agreement on Trade Facilitation in December 2013. Read about the negotiations and how they led to the new Agreement and understand the key provisions of the new Agreement.
Trade facilitation and SMEs
SMEs suffer from disproportionate high costs to trade. Read about the particular trade challenges of SMEs and how they stand to benefit from trade facilitation.
Setting up a National Trade Facilitation Body
This itinerary is not only a WTO requirement but also an effective means for better policy decision and implementation. A successful NTFB is a platform for dialogue and cooperation of all relevant stakeholders including from the private and public sector.
Developing a National Trade Facilitation Roadmap
This Itinerary presents the components of a National Trade Facilitation (NTF) Roadmap and describes how such a document can be drafted in a country. It presents a tailor-made methodology and document structure and is based on lessons learned from trade facilitation (TF) experts around the world.
Identifying bottlenecks and opportunities
Learn how a business process analysis (BPA) can help locating problems and bottlenecks in the current conduct of the procedures and formalities for a cross-border trade transaction. Understand how to use and undertake a BPA.
Examples of ICT applications
Information and communication technology (ICT) can be used to simplify procedures and formalities. Learn about ICT applications in the fields of transport logistics and governmental services, that offer trade facilitation benefits.
Rationalize trade documents data
The reduction, simplification and harmonization of data and documentary requirements is a key pillar of trade facilitation reforms.Learn about different methods to reduce data and document requirements and to simplify the flow of documents and data.
Creating Trusted Partnership
Trade facilitation rests on a strong partnership between Government authorities and trade. Learn how such a partnership can be established and constituted .
Balancing Control Facilitation
Customs control and trade facilitation are often described as being two sides of the same coin-but in reality, both aspects depend on and reinforce each other. Learn about facilitation measures that enable an acceptable balance between control and trade facilitation.
Establishing a Single Window
An increasing number of countries have established or plan to establish a Single Window for Trade. Read here to understand the concept of a Single Window, its evolution and potential future developments.
Reducing delays at border crossing
Long waiting times and queues of trucks are a common situation at many border crossings and stations. Learn what can be done to reduce delays at border crossings and how to cooperate to make border crossing more efficient.