By simplifying, standardizing and harmonizing trade-related procedures and information flows, this programme helps you better engage in cross-border trade and electronic business. The aim is to improve your country’s competitiveness and enhance your capacity to participate in global markets. This is achieved by building knowledge and offering you the tools to ease national and international transactions for sustainable growth.
- Use 40 policy recommendations for trade facilitation and 440 standards for e-business
- Get help establishing and operating a National Single Window to simplify and improve export and import procedures
- Analyse and simplify business processes to remove bottlenecks and enhance trade efficiency
- Promote paperless trade transactions
- Implement electronic alternatives to key paper documents in the international supply chain
- Benefit from advisory services and workshops to build the capacities of your trade facilitation institutions
Meet the beneficiaries
UN/LOCODE is a code structure that makes trading simpler by attributing a unique five-character code to locations used in transport and trade, such as seaports, train stations, airports and road terminals. The system, developed in 1981, is used by most major shipping companies, freight forwarders and manufacturers. It is also applied by national governments.
> 100 000
unique UN/LOCODE entries
Countries, territories and special areas covered
UN/EDIFACT (Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport) was developed to facilitate the exchange of trade data between organizations with independent IT systems. It allows businesses or organizations, wherever they are, to quickly and securely exchange electronic documents such as purchase orders, cargo authorizations, etc. Today, UN/EDIFACT is used by almost all national customs administrations, all major seaports and a large range of companies.
of all EDI messages exchanged globally use UN/EDIFACT
> 7 million
messages exchanged annually in France’s agricultural supply chain
companies use UN/EDIFACT in the retail sector
UN/CEFACT has developed a comprehensive e-business / e-commerce data exchange model based on a complete, holistic, global supply chain approach. This allows information which is exchanged electronically to be reused seamlessly from one stage of the transaction to the next. This is accompanied by business process analysis which allows to understand who performs what actions when. The information is also packaged into Reference Data Models around a specific sector such as transport and logistics or supply chain management, in order to facilitate uptake by the user community while remaining completely compatible with all other processes along the information exchange of a transaction.
- Over 150 e-business/e-commerce messages adaptable to XML
- API and other technologies
In 2012, the Greek government developed a national trade facilitation strategy to promote economic recovery. The initiative focused on simplifying export and import procedures and reducing time and cost. With support from the programme, Greece managed to analyse, simplify and automate its trade and customs processes.
Improvement in time to export
Improvement in time to import
Reduction in cost to export
Reduction in cost to import
A Port Community System was established in Odessa and a national Interagency Working Group on Trade Facilitation and Logistics was created with support from the programme, and based on relevant UNECE Policy Recommendations. Follow – up projects on Maritime Single Window and National Single Window in Ukraine were launched.
185.5 million per year
Estimated economic gains for business
Increase in volume of trade registered in the port
Reduction in time for clearing containers from 2014 to 2016
Reduction in cost to import
With support from the programme, Morocco created a National Single Window for its foreign trade. The resulting solution, called PortNet, uses an integrated IT system to bring together all the stakeholders in the Moroccan port and foreign trade ecosystem. It has helped boost performance for operators while significantly reducing costs.
PortNet: A tool to facilitate the complete integration of the foreign trade for importers and exporters.
decrease in unloading times at Casablanca port
decrease in the time needed for clearance
of containers leave the port in less than 5 days
of containers leave the port in less than 10 days
Chairman of the Association of Freight Forwarders of Morocco
Morocco’s Minister of Equipment, Transport and Logistics
The Trade Facilitation Implementation Guide (TFIG) is an interactive web-based tool that helps you build your knowledge and capacity to ease cross-border trade. Aimed at both the public and private sector, it helps you identify, examine and select possible paths and implementing tools for your policy objectives. Available in 5 languages, TFIG has proved to be very popular. Its website registered 290,000 unique visitors between 2012 and September 2015, and 1.9 million page views.
> 10.5 million
Hits in 2016
Fisheries Language for Universal Exchange (FLUX) is a unique communication tool that promotes sustainable fishery management. It allows Fishery Management
Organizations (FMOs) to automate the collection and dissemination of fishery catch data. This enables them to plan more sustainable management processes and detect and combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
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Programme in a nutshell
Year of creation
Type of business
Capacity buildingPolicy advicePolicy DialoguePolicy FormulationTechnical assistance
DenmarkNetherlandsRussian FederationSwedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Number of activities carried out