Value chains present opportunities for SMEs to provide goods and services at specific points in the production and distribution process. Inputs into final goods and services now cross borders multiple times. With a supportive business environment, SMEs are better placed to take advantage of emerging opportunities.Trade facilitation is about doing business efficiently. A lot of progress has been made, and it provides a good basis for the implementation of further trade facilitation measures. Senior industry executives, business association leaders and government officials examined the constraints for SMEs to enter and move up value chains, and discuss measures to address trade facilitation, non-tariff measures and greater regional integration.The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement provides the right platform, but stakeholders need to ensure that these commitments are implemented. This is especially important for land-locked countries. Building SME capacity to address non-tariff measures is equally key.