Trade facilitation

What's New

  • OECD and United Nations Regional Commissions join forces

    The OECD trade facilitation indicators (TFIs) measure the performance of 133 countries around the world over the full spectrum of policy areas and measures included in the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. The TFIs are currently being updated. In order to collect the latest information on trade facilitation performance, the OECD has recently agreed to cooperate with the United Nations Regional Commissions Global Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation.

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  • State of implementation analysis for TFIs

    Read the latest OECD analysis from June 2014 on the state of implementation of trade facilitation indicators.

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  • OECD calculates potential benefits of WTO agreement

    A WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation was concluded at the Bali Ministerial in December 2013. The OECD has since re-calculated the potential benefits of the Agreement for various groups of countries, using the OECD Trade Facilitation Indicators (TFIs).

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Facilitating trade is about streamlining and simplifying international trade procedures. OECD analyses the benefits and costs of trade facilitation efforts and also provides support to World Trade Organization (WTO) discussions in this area

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  Making trade facilitation happen (Video)

How can you trade if you don't know the rules of the game? OECD analyst Evdokia Moïsé-Leeman is one of the experts who explains the issues behind trade facilitation efforts at the World Trade Organization (WTO).



Overcoming Border Bottlenecks: The Costs and Benefits of Trade Facilitation

This book brings together six studies that examine how border bottlenecks affect trade and investment flows, how they might be reduced, and whether the expense involved is worth it.

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The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement – Potential Impact on Trade Costs

New OECD calculation of the potential benefits of the Bali WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement for various groups of countries using the Trade Facilitation Indicators.

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The Potential Impact of Trade Facilitation on Developing Countries' Trade

This report presents the findings of the OECD indicators for assessing the impact of specific trade facilitation measures on developing countries’ trade.

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Key Areas in Trade Facilitation

Trade Facilitation Indicators
To help governments improve their border procedures and reap greater benefits from international trade, OECD has created a set of trade facilitation indicators to analyse 133 countries across income levels, geographical regions and development stages.

» Read the findings and recommendations for your country

Technical barriers to trade
Technical regulations and voluntary standards set out specific characteristics of a product (such as its size, functions and performance) and how it is labelled or packaged before it enters the market place.Tthese technical standards and regulations can have an important influence on international trade. They can vary from country to country, or be costly and burdensome by design or effect.

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