Notification requirements for WTO Members: who needs to notify what, by when and how?
Section I 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 or timeline to submit these notifications and some of the requirements are mandatory and some non-mandatory. The Secretariat will make this information available on each Member profile of this website.
|Type||Developing Members||Least Developed Countries||Developed Members|
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:
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|
By 22 February 2017 (and anually thereafter)
|Art. 22.2||Non-mandatory||Not applicable||Mandatory|