The Trade Facilitation Implementation Guide is a tool for simplifying cross-border trade.

If you are implementing trade-facilitation reform, whether you come from the public or private sector, the Guide will help you identify, examine and select available solutions and possible paths for your policy objectives.

A short video takes you through the concept and contents of the Guide, and shows you how to navigate its website.

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The Trade Facilitation Implementation Guide (TFIG) was developed by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), with contributions from its UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) and with financial support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Project Management

Preparation of the Guide was led by Tom Butterly, Maria Teresa Pisani and Maria Rosaria Ceccarelli of the Trade Facilitation Section of UNECE.

Project Experts

A team of high-level experts from different technical areas and parts of the world participated in the drafting of the Guide: Enrico Camerinelli, Colin Clark, Edmund Gray, Dietmar Jost, Henk van Maaren, Nikolaus Sahling, Thayanan Phuaphanthong and Birgit Viohl. The International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO) developed and implemented the instructional, graphic and multi-media design of the Guide and the Training Package.

Project Support Team

A team of UN/CEFACT experts made significant contributions to the scope and contents of the Guide: Mike Doran, Karina Duvinger, Valentina Mintah, Johan Ponten, Jari Salo, and Mats Wicktor. Special appreciation must go to UNECE colleagues who provided advice and input at various stages of the project: Rajan Dhanjee, Serguei Kouzmine, Markus Pikart, Khan Salehin, Pamela Ugaz, Nhien Truong and Mika Vepsaleinen.

Peer Review

The project also benefited from the valuable comments of experienced peer reviewers from numerous international organizations, including Angela Strachan (International Trade Centre), Yann Duval (UNESCAP), José Maria Rubiato, Jan Hoffmann and Azhar Jaimurzina (UNCTAD), Susanne Aigner, Gareth Lewis, Milena Budimirovic and Mike Weeding (World Customs Organization), Sheri Rosenow (World Trade Organization), and Gerard McLinden (World Bank). A number of regional and national experts gave input on good practices for trade facilitation implementation: Khuloud Habaybeh (Jordan Customs), Guilherme Mambo (Mozambican Customs), Jonathan Koh Tat Tsen (CrimsonLogic), Javaid Mansoor (NTTFC Pakistan), Ibrahima Diagne (GAINDE 2000), Sinmahat Kiatjanon (Royal Thai Customs), Saadia Sanchez (SELA).

Administrative support

The project benefited from the support of the UNECE administrative team, and particularly of Subashini Narasimhan and Amelia delle Foglie.


Pauline Goodyear edited the English version of the Guide.


The designations employed and the presentation of the material in this publication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of UNECE. Mention of company names or commercial products does not imply endorsement by the United Nations.

All material may be freely quoted or reprinted, but acknowledgement is requested.

The publication contains references and links to various internet websites, external to UNECE and operated by third parties, which may contain materials that are protected or under copyright by other third-party rights. As UNECE has no control over these websites, it assumes no responsibility or legal liability for the availability, accuracy or completeness of the content of external websites.

Published in September 2012