The Trade Facilitation Agreement enters into force
A major milestone for the global trading system was reached on 22 February 2017 when the first multilateral deal concluded in the 21 year history of the World Trade Organization entered into force. In receiving four more ratifications for the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), the WTO has obtained the two-thirds acceptance of the agreement from WTO's 164 Members.
Rwanda, Oman, Chad and Jordan submitted their instruments of acceptance to WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo on 22 February 2017, bringing the total to over the required threshold of 110. The entry into force of the TFA launches a new phase for trade facilitation reforms all over the world and creates a significant boost for commerce and the multilateral trading system as a whole.View timeline
TFA Ratification Tracker
The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) entered into force on 22 February 2017 when the WTO obtained the two-thirds acceptance of the Agreement from its 164 Members.
Notifications Categories A, B & C
Developed Members have committed to implement the Agreement upon entry into force while developing and LDC Members can request more time and assistance. To benefit from these flexibilities, developing and LDC Members must notify when they will implement each trade facilitation measure using A, B and C categories. Notifications designating all measures as Category A or A and B, thereby ruling out other notifications, are not counted separately under each of the other categories.