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United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

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UNCTAD’s mandate in the area of trade facilitation dates back to the Final Act of its very first ministerial-level Conference in 1964. The Final Act of the Conference recommended that UNCTAD “should promote, within the United Nations family, arrangements for intergovernmental action for the simplification of formalities relating to customs procedures, commercial travel, etc.” Over the following years, UNCTAD’s continued work on trade facilitation led to the United Nations International Symposium on Trade Efficiency, organized in 1994 in Columbus, Ohio (United States of America) and the Columbus Ministerial Declaration on Trade Efficiency. The latter was instrumental for the inclusion of trade facilitation in the agenda at the first WTO Ministerial Conference in Singapore in 1996.

UNCTAD possesses long-standing expertise and experience in trade facilitation on which basis it provides technical assistance and capacity-building support to developing countries, including in the establishment of national trade and transport facilitation committees, needs assessments, trade facilitation implementation plans, transit agreements and customs automation through its Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) programme. It also undertakes a number of activities in the framework of its port management training programme and its e-regulation and eregistration systems. Through their impact on trade facilitation stakeholders (such as port authorities and small and medium-sized enterprises in particular), these programmes also contribute to enhancing trade facilitation in beneficiary countries. UNCTAD assistance and expertise encompass many aspects of trade facilitation that can be addressed by several programmes, to be articulated and tailored according to each country’s needs.

For more information:

 

https://unctad.org/tlb

https://unctad.org/tf

http://tradeportal.eregulations.org

http://asycuda.org

 

Mr. Jan Hoffmann

Chief, Trade Logistics Branch

Palais des Nations
1211 Geneva
Switzerland

Telephone: +41 22 917 32 58

Fax: +41 22 917 00 50

Mr. Poul Hansen

Trade Facilitation Section

Palais des Nations
1211 Geneva
Switzerland

Telephone: +41 22 917 32 58

Fax: +41 22 917 00 50

Mr. Fabrice Millet

ASYCUDA

Palais des Nations
1211 Geneva
Switzerland

Telephone: +41 22 917 20 59

Fax: +41 22 917 04 32

Mr. Giuseppe Di Capua

ASYCUDA

Palais des Nations
1211 Geneva
Switzerland

Telephone: +41 22 917 20 59

Fax: +41 22 917 04 32

Mr. Bismark Sitorus

Trade Facilitation Section

Palais des nations
1211 Geneva
Switzerland

Telephone: +41 22 917 20 94

Fax: +41 22 917 00 50