The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA):  what's it about?

In broad terms, the TFA is about:

  • Delivering practical measures to expedite the movement, release and clearance of goods (including goods in transit) 
  • Removing the regulatory and procedural burdens traders face when conducting international trade
  • Improving cooperation between customs and other authorities
  • Enhancing technical assistance and capacity building for the implementation of the TFA
  • Allowing developing and least-developed Members (LDCs) to set their own timetable for implementing the TFA according to their capacity

 Factsheet: how does the TFA cut red tape at the border for easier trade? 

And how can it benefit you as a trader?

  • It will reduce the burden you experience when you trade across borders
  • It will improve cooperation between customs and other authorities 
  • It will allow you to have faster access to the following information online:
    • Import, export and transit procedures 
    • The operation of the single window - a one-stop shop for all import, export and transit procedures
    • The use of customs brokers
    • Dedicated enquiry points to answer questions regarding importation, exportation and transit of goods

About the TFA Database

The content and analytical functionalities of the WTO TFA Database are based solely on notification data submitted by Members as mandated under the Trade Facilitation Agreement.

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