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  • Research and Capacity Building & Publications

    Examples of ITC’s research and Capacity Building activities

    Customized market analysis studies to support TSIs and policymakers with:

    • Assessments of national or regional trade performance and trade competitiveness
    • Assessments of sectors and markets with export potential
    • Identification of opportunities for product or market diversification
    • Assessments of participation in regional and global value chains
    • Economic modelling of trade policy scenarios

    Understanding NTMs

    NTMs are of particular concern to exporters and importers in developing countries as they are a major impediment to international trade and can prevent market access. ITC collects official data and business surveys for specific countries.

    NTMs, which vary across countries and products, can change quickly and with little notice. Businesses must comply with a wide range of requirements including technical regulations and customs procedures. SMEs in developing countries often lack the information, capabilities and facilities to meet complex NTM requirements at a reasonable cost.

    Training module for SMEs to explain for each key measure foreseen in the TFA

    What is the policy objective of the measure? What are its key features? What are the benefits for SMEs ? How can the private sector leverage different provisions to improve its competitiveness ?

    Trade Facilitation Online

    Dedicated web based helpline to answer all implementation related queries from private businesses and border regulatory agencies

    How to strengthen public-private dialogue?

    Institutionalize the public private dialogue for establishing or strengthening the national Trade Facilitation Committees: implementation guidelines and model ToRs

    Implementation Guidelines dedicated to regulatory agencies of developing countries/LDCs

    Explain measures in non-legal terms, map issues/steps/means required to implement, explain how to monitor the implementation

     

    ITC’s TF related Publications

    Making the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement Work for SMEs

    Mainstreaming trade facilitation in SME development strategies

    This joint ITC, UNESCAP publication provides a succinct overview of articles of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) particularly relevant to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and discuss implementation modalities which could maximize the benefits of the TFA for SMEs. It also suggests that the trade facilitation measures featured in the TFA be mainstreamed in the broader SME development and internationalization initiatives and programmes that may already be in place.

    The report also highlights the potential role of SME Centres to disseminate information on trade procedures, facilitate SME consultations on trade facilitation matters, and to provide special services for SMEs to participate in ‘preferred customers’ programmes and access single window facilities.
    Making the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement Work for SMEs

    To download this publication please click here. 

    TFA Business Guide

    Following WTO-TFA adoption, ITC published a guide on the Bali package
    • WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement - A Business Guide for Developing Countries 
    Publication tailored to policy maker and business managers
    • Jargon free explanation
    • ocus on what businesses need to know to take advantage of the agreement
    • Help policy makers identify their TACB needs
    Guide well received by stakeholders in developing and LDCs
    • Guide already published in French, English, Arabic, Chinese and Russia
     
    TF guide publication 

    To download this publication please click here. 

    SMEs AND THE WTO TRADE FACILITATION AGREEMENT

    Following WTO-TFA adoption, ITC published the Guide for SMEs on the TFA implementation
     
    Training module tailored for SMEs:
    • explains for each key measure in the TFA
    • describes the policy objective of each measure
    • identifies the key aspects of each measure
    • showcases the accrued benefits for SMEs of TFA measures implementation
    The guide will be soon available in French and Spanish.
    http://www.intracen.org/publication/SMEs-and-the-WTO-Trade-Facilitation-Agreement-A-training-manual/

    To download this publication please click here. 

    TFA Timelines

    In May 2014, ITC published another document related to the TFA
    • ‘Timelines’ for implementing the TF Agreement 
    Objective: helping the regulatory agencies understanding the obligation timeline arising from the TFA
    • Notification of category A provision
    • Information about TA required
    Specific timelines are laid out for Developed Countries, Developing countries and Least Developed Countries
    TFA timeline 

    To download this publication please click here.

    Other ITC publications: work in progress

    Training module for SMEs to explain for each key measure foreseen in the TFA

    • What is the policy objective of the measure?
    • What are the key aspects of the measure?
    • What are the benefits for SMEs that will accrue from the measure?
    Implementation Guidelines dedicated to regulatory agencies of developing
    countries/LDCs


    • Explain measures in non-legal terms
    • Map issues/steps/means required to implement each measure
    • Explain how to monitor the implementation of the measure
    Strengthening the public-private dialogue

    • Model template of TORs to institutionalize the public private dialogue for establishing or strengthening the national Trade Facilitation Committees
    Trade Facilitation Online

    • Dedicated web based helpline to answer all implementation related queries from private businesses as well as from border regulatory agencies

     

  • Trade facilitation business guide

    ITC published a guide on the Bali package.

    TF guide publication
  • TF Online Facility

    TF Online facility