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Iceland ratifies Trade Facilitation Agreement

Iceland has ratified the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), becoming the 96th Member of the WTO to do so. WTO Ambassador Högni S. Kristjánsson submitted his country’s instrument of acceptance to WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo on 31 October.

The TFA will enter into force once two-thirds of Members have domestically ratified a Protocol of Amendment and notified the WTO of their acceptance of this Protocol. Iceland's acceptance means over 87 per cent of the ratifications needed for entry into force have now been received.

The TFA has a huge potential to reduce trade costs thereby boosting trade between countries and raising world income. OECD studies find that the implementation of the TFA could reduce worldwide trade costs between 12.5% and 17.5%.  Developing country exports are expected to grow between 14% and 22% while becoming more diversified.  Companies are more likely to become more profitable which should encourage domestic investment.  In addition, foreign direct investment is likely to be attracted to countries that fully implement the TFA.  Finally, increased trade means better employment prospects for workers and greater revenue collection by the government.  

LIST OF RATIFICATIONS

HOW TO PRESENT THE INSTRUMENT OF RATIFICATION?

LIST OF NOTIFICATIONS

HOW TO PRESENT NOTIFICATIONS?

  • Iceland’s WTO Ambassador Högni S. Kristjánsson presents his country’s TFA instrument of acceptance to DG Azevêdo.