Notification requirements for WTO Members: who needs to notify what, by when and how?

The WTO Secretariat would like to provide WTO Members with an overview of all notification obligations under the Trade Facilitation Agreement.

What are the requirements for the "transparency notifications" under Section I?  Is there a format and timeline for submission? 

What are the exact timelines for the so called "ABC notifications" ?  Is there a specific template that Members can use to submit them? 

And what is the procedure to submit the Donor notifications on assistance and capacity building information? 

Section I - Transparency notifications

In broad terms, the TFA states that WTO Members shall publish information online on import and export procedures while within available resources, establishing contact points to respond to enquiries. There isn't a specific format to submit these notifications. The Secretariat will make this information available on each Member profile of this website. 

Type Developing Members Least Developed Countries Developed Members
Art. 1.4 Mandatory Mandatory Mandatory
Art. 10.4.3 Mandatory Mandatory Mandatory
Art. 10.6.2 Mandatory Mandatory Mandatory
Art. 12.2 Mandatory Mandatory Mandatory

Section II – ABC Notifications

To benefit from special and differential treatment, developing and LDC Members must notify when they will implement each trade facilitation measure using A, B and C categories.  A notification template that Members may wish to follow in preparing their category A, B or C notification is available here

The TFA sets out the following timelines for these notifications: 

Type Developing Members
(due by)
Least Developed Countries
(due by)
Developed Members
(due by)
Provide A, B, C designations 22 February 2017 22 February 2018 Not applicable
Provide indicative dates for Cat. B 22 February 2017 22 February 2018 Not applicable
Provide indicative dates for Cat. C 22 February 2017 22 February 2021 Not applicable
Provide definitive dates for Cat. B 22 February 2018 22 February 2020 Not applicable
Provide TACB requirements for Cat. C 22 February 2017 22 February 2019 Not applicable
Provide definitive dates for Cat. C 22 August 2019 22 August 2022 Not applicable
Provide arrangements on TACB for Cat. C 22 February 2018 22 February 2021

22 February 2018

22 February 2021

Provide progress on TACB for Cat. C 22 August 2019 22 August 2022

22 August 2019

22 August 2022

Section II – Information on assistance and capacity building

Donor Members have committed to submit  information on the assistance and support for capacity building (TACB) that was disbursed - and where available that is committed - to the Committee on Trade Facilitation through the format contained in Annex 1 or through the OECD Creditor Reporting System (OECD Members only). They are also to submit different contact points and information on the process and mechanism for requesting assistance.

Article Developing Members Least Developed Countries Donor members
Art. 22.1 Non-mandatory

Not applicable Mandatory

By 22 February 2017 (and anually thereafter)

Art. 22.2 Non-mandatory Not applicable Mandatory
Art. 22.3 Mandatory for those seeking TACB Mandatory for those seeking TACB Not applicable