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  • ITC publications on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement ITC publications on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement


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    ITC publications on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

     WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement – A Business Guide for Developing  Countries1 WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement – A Business Guide for Developing Countries

    This jargon-free guide explains the provisions with a focus on what businesses need to know. It also helps policy makers identify needs for technical assistance to implement and monitor it.

    Publication Date: 2013

    Available in: English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and Russian

     National Trade Facilitation Committees1 National Trade Facilitation Committees

    Developing countries can benefit from trade facilitation reforms by establishing a well-run National Trade Facilitation Committee.
    This guide gives developing countries a step-by-step approach to evaluate policy, organizational and funding options to create a detailed roadmap to set up National Trade Facilitation Committees – an obligation for countries implementing the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. This is a joint guide by ITC, UNCTAD and UNECE, including UN/CEFACT.

    Publication Date: 2015

     SMEs and the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement1 SMEs and the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

    Businesses extend their reach by understanding how to make the most of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.
    This guide enables businesses to make border clearance faster, simpler and cheaper; resolve customs disputes fairly; obtain information on regulations and customs procedures easily; and become trusted partners of government in implementing and monitoring trade facilitation reforms. As a training manual, it has clear descriptions and practical exercises.

    Publication date: 2015

     Making the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement Work for SMEs1 Making the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement Work for SMEs

    This joint UNESCAP-ITC report advocates mainstreaming trade facilitation in development strategies for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
    It highlights the potential for SME centres to share information on trade procedures, organize trade facilitation consultations and provide other services to help SMEs take advantage of this agreement. The report contains relevant provisions for SMEs, and suggestions for implementation.

    Publication date: 2016

    More ITC publications that facilitate trade across borders 

     

    Many ITC publications touch on trade facilitation-related issues. Among them are publications providing practical legal advice, insights on what businesses perceive as regulatory and procedural obstacles to trade, and challenges to e-commerce businesses in cross-border delivery.

    Legal advice

     Settling Business Disputes: Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution Settling Business Disputes: Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution

    By integrating mediation and arbitration clauses into their international contracts, small firms can better protect themselves.
    Small firms venture into new markets with different languages, cultures and legal systems. This overview of traditional and alternative dispute resolution options has cases targeted to SMEs in developing countries. ITC welcomes partnerships to further translate and reprint this information locally.

    Publication Date: 2016

    Available in: English, French, Spanish

     

     Model Contracts for Small Firms1 Model Contracts for Small Firms

    Most small firms do not have access to the legal advice they need when it comes to trading with all corners of the world.
    To meet this challenge, trade lawyers around the world worked pro-bono to create these model contracts that address the sophistication of international trade transactions, internationally recognized standards and best practices, and still make things as simple as they can be in a global context.

    Publication Date: 2011
    Available in English, French and Spanish

    Non-tariff measures, standards

     SME Competitiveness Outlook: Meeting the Standard for Trade SME Competitiveness Outlook: Meeting the Standard for Trade

    Standards and regulations have a major impact on SME competitiveness.
    In analysing how SMEs can meet the standard for trade, the report touches on important trade facilitation topics, such as how procedural obstacles affect women, improving coordination at the border, insights on the WTO Trade Facilitation agreement, the value of public-private dialogue and more. It has business views on procedural and regulatory trade obstacles for 35 developing countries..

    Publication Date: 2016

     The Invisible Barriers to Trade – How Businesses Experience Non-Tariff      Measures The Invisible Barriers to Trade – How Businesses Experience Non-Tariff Measures

    Small firms in the world’s poorest countries are hit hardest by non-tariff measures (NTMs), according to this ITC study on how businesses experience NTMs in 23 developing countries.These invisible barriers to trade are mostly a combination of conformity and pre-shipment requirements requested abroad, and weak inspection or certification procedures at home.

    Publication Date: 2015

     Navigating Non-Tariff Measures: Insights From A Business Survey in the European Union5 Navigating Non-Tariff Measures: Insights From A Business Survey in the European Union

    European exporters have similar experiences with non-tariff measures (NTMs) as developing countries, especially for procedures related to technical regulations, conformity assessment and rules of origin. An ITC-European Commission survey reveals that more than a third of European exporters encounter burdensome NTMs.

    Publication Date: 2016

    E-commerce: international delivery

     Bringing SMEs onto the e-Commerce Highway Bringing SMEs onto the e-Commerce Highway

    This report is a starting point for public-private dialogue to address e-commerce bottlenecks, especially for small firms in developing countries.
    Small firms face policy challenges in four processes typical to all e-commerce: establishing online business, international e-payment, international delivery and aftersales. The report provides policy guidance checklists and case studies from e- commerce entrepreneurs in developing countries.

    Publication Date: 2016

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