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

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 Description
Art. 1.4 import, export and transit procedures
Art. 10.4.3 the operation of the single window
Art. 10.6.2 the use of customs brokers
Art. 12.2 contact points for the exchange of customs information

Section II – Implementation 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:

CATEGORY A  = developing Members will implement the measure by 22/02/2017 and LDCs by 22/02/2018

CATEGORY B  = Members will need additional time to implement the measure

CATEGORY C  = Members will need additional time and capacity building support to implement the measure 

 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: 

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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. They are also to submit different contact points and information on the process and mechanism for requesting assistance. 

Developing and LDCs seeking assistance and support for capacity building have committed to submit to the Committee on Trade Facilitation contact points for coordinating such assistance. 

Type Description
Art. 22.1 support for capacity building provided by Donor Members
Art. 22.2 process and mechanisms to request assistance
Art. 22.3 contact points of those developing and LDCs seeking assistance and support for capacity building