Background to Trade Facilitation

Background to Trade Facilitation

The facilitation of legitimate trade has always been a key outcome for Customs administrations, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the World Customs Organisation (WCO).

The private sector, on the other hand, is more interested in practical and measurable progress because of implementing interventions aimed at enhancing the seamless flow of legitimate trade. There is increased pressure on governments to demonstrate that not only are they using internationally recognised practices in managing cross border trade but also that there is measurable and demonstrable progress in reducing red tape and cost.

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