Presentation on theme: "WTO agreement on Trade Facilitation – highlights for ITPD discussion"— Presentation transcript:
1 WTO agreement on Trade Facilitation – highlights for ITPD discussion Johan Pontén
2 WTO Agreement on TF – How to Package UN/CEFACT Products for Implementation Johan Pontén4 April 2014
3 WTO Agreement on Trade Faciliation The agreement aims atdecreased bureaucracy and costs for international tradeefficient, open and predictable border crossingsfacilitated trade and decreased corruption by clarified and enhanced WTO regulationsBased on GATT Articles V, VIII and X
4 WTO Agreement on Trade Faciliation Mandate:Clarify and improve existing GATT Articles:Article V: Freedom of transitArticle VIII: Fees and formalities connected with importation and exportationArticle X: Publication and administration of trade regulationsCustoms cooperationTechnical assistance and support for capacity building
5 WTO Agreement on TF – Highlights 1 Timely publication on Internet of information on applicable rules and regulations for import, export and transitEvery country to instate contact points where authorities, companies and other interested can get information and relevant forms concerning import, export and transit.Customs authorities to give binding advanced rulings on classification and origin of goods in a reasonable, time bound manner.Administrative appeal to or review by an administrative authority higher than or independent of the official or office that issued the decision
6 WTO Agreement on TF – Highlights 2 Goods should be controlled before and after the border crossing to avoid resources being focused at the border. Import documents can be sent in advance, and the goods can be released before duty paid if sufficient guarantees have been made. In this way, the goods can pass much easier.Risk management systems should be in place to speed up the process at the border and focus inspection activities on identified items that are of high risk.Each Member State shall have Authorised Economic Operator- programmes, where further simplification will be given to companies that have shown that they meet the required standards and hence can get simpler customs procedures..
7 WTO Agreement on TF – Highlights 3 Accounting should be controlled after the release of goods (post- control) to speed up the process at the borderThe fees for customs processing shall not be greater than the approximate cost of the actual customs processing, which means that no additional fees may be chargedPerishable goods should be cleared as soon as possible so that they will not be destroyedAuthorities at the border of a country should work together to streamline the border process.Countries that share a common border shall cooperate to facilitate the import, export and transit through, for example, common controls and customization of business hours
8 Agreeement on Trade Facilitation Articles Section IArticle 1. Publication and availability of informationArticle 2. Opportunity to comment, information before entry into force and consultationArticle 3. Advance rulingsArticle 4. Appeal or review proceduresArticle 5. Other measures to enhance impartiality, non-discrimination and transparencyArticle 6. Disciplines on fees and charges imposed on or in connection with importation and exportationArticle 7. Release and clearance of goodsArticle 8. Border agency cooperationArticle 9. Movement of goods under customs control intended for importArticle 10. Formalities connected with importation and exportation and transitArticle 11. Freedom of transitArticle 12. Customs cooperationArticle 13. Institutional arrangement
9 WTO Agreement – CEFACT Deliverables in TFIG mapping 1 Article 1 - noneArticle 2. 3 ConsultationsRecommendations 4 on National Trade Facilitation OrgansRecommendations 33 on Single WindowArticle 3 – 9, noneArticle 10.1 Formalities and Documentation RequirementsRecommendation 1 on the UNLayoutKeyRecommendation 18 on Facilitation Measures related to International Trade Procedures
10 WTO Agreement – CEFACT Deliverables in TFIG mapping 2 Article 10.3 Use of international standardsRecommendation 18 on Facilitation Measures related to International Trade ProceduresRecommendation 25 on use of UN/EDIFACTRecommendation 26 on commercial use of interchange agreements for EDIUN/TDEDUN/EDIFACTCode ListsCore Component Library (CCL)
11 WTO Agreement – CEFACT Deliverables in TFIG mapping 3 Article 10.4 Single WindowRecommendation 25 on use of UN/EDIFACTRecommendation 26 on commercial use of interchange agreements for EDIRecommendation 33 and Guidelines on establishing a Single WindowRecommendation 34 Data Simplification and Standardization for International TradeRecommendation 35 on establishing a legal framework for international Single Window for tradeUN/CCLUN/EDIFACTXML messages
12 Packaging of UN/CEFACT Products - discussion Can the TFIG mapping be extended?How can we otherwise package and market our products to help implementation of the WTO agreement?