COVID-19 Trade Facilitation Repository

This COVID 19 Trade Facilitation Repository aims to facilitate access to initiatives, guidelines, case studies, and other information that was developed by various partner organizations and associations to help maintain the flow of safe cross border trade during the COVID 19 pandemic. 

*Disclaimer: The tool is for purely informative purposes and does not intend to be comprehensive and the organizations participating in the initiative do not purport to advocate or promote any particular course of action, nor shall they be held responsible for any loss or damage caused by errors, omissions, misprints or misinterpretation of the contents hereof.

Organization Description Area of work Focal Point View
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

As a result of COVID-19, disruptions in cross-border trade have led to a “new world” of trade costs. These include new protocols, additional border controls, and new documentation requirements for shippers and traders. At the same time, trade facilitation measures taken at the border have made it possible for supply chains to continue to deliver. Further streamlining of border procedures can be key for helping economies with the next phases of the COVID-19 pandemic including the global production and distribution of a vaccine.

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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

This policy note discusses trade and trade policy considerations underpinning access to the final and intermediate goods needed to effectively produce, deliver and administer COVID-19 vaccines. It focuses on the international aspects of the vaccine supply chain, discussing the sourcing, production, distribution and need to expedite international border crossing and transportation (including in the context of the cold supply chain).

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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Cross-border trade in parcels has played a critical role in helping people and firms deal with issues stemming from physical distancing and confinement measures implemented during COVID-19. This policy note discusses that role and the policies that can help ensure parcel trade can continue to be leveraged to help promote an inclusive economic recovery from COVID-19.

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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

This brief explores the role of digital trade in helping to mitigate some of the consequences of COVID-19. It also highlights how digital technologies can be leveraged to enable more efficient movement of goods, including parcels, across borders. Digital technologies can ensure that border processes are transparent and accessible to traders; that formalities can be expedited; and that processes at the border require less physical contact.

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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Trade facilitation has been playing a critical role in ensuring the swift movement of essential medical, food and IT goods during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trade facilitation is particularly important for the MSMEs hit hardest by the crisis.

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International Civil Aviation Organization

As part of their regional strategies for COVID-19 response and aviation recovery, ICAO’s two Regional Offices for the Americas (SAM and NACC) have contributed to the development and emergence of  the Latin American Civil Aviation Commission (LACAC)’s new multilateral agreement to liberalize air cargo services in the region.

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World Trade Organization

Communication, cooperation, and automation are three essential elements to ensure the functioning of modern border operations. The WTO is working to support the global response to COVID-19 by providing a roadmap for countries to access and trade medical and health supplies and equipment across borders. 

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Enhanced Integrated Framework

Alors que le multilatéralisme est contesté à l'échelle mondiale, il devient de plus en plus important de communiquer ouvertement, de partager des données d'expérience et de coopérer pour accroître la transparence et la confiance entre partenaires commerciaux. Une plate‑forme librement accessible comme le Portail d'information commerciale du Samoa représente une étape importante pour construire et développer un archipel de connaissances, et pouvoir ainsi parcourir ensemble le merveilleux rivage de la croissance économique et du développement du commerce.

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Enhanced Integrated Framework

Suite à la numérisation des documents commerciaux, la numérisation du commerce implique une utilisation fonctionnelle des données pour améliorer le potentiel d'automatisation des processus transfrontières. En adoptant une approche centrée sur l'homme de la conception des politiques conformément aux normes sémantiques mondiales, les règles commerciales sous une forme "axée sur les données" peuvent remédier aux inégalités dans l'accès à l'information et les modes de conformité. Ces réformes facilitent également la mise en place et la gestion par les gouvernements de solutions numériques pour la facilitation des échanges, y compris les systèmes douaniers nationaux. De nouveaux réseaux commerciaux sont actuellement possibles. L'extension de l'Internet, un système universel de création, de publication et de distribution de règles exécutables, pourrait permettre aux entreprises de toutes tailles d'utiliser les données pour mieux participer au commerce international.

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Enhanced Integrated Framework

Une transformation numérique urgente est nécessaire afin de mettre en place un système de dédouanement sûr et sécurisé pour le commerce électronique transfrontières dans les pays les plus pauvres du monde.

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