Category A denominations have the highest reporting rate, with a total of 114 countries; Followed by 74 and 63 countries that have notified their names B or. C (Figure 1). It should be noted that nine developing countries have announced all Category A measures, without ruling out the possibility of accepting Category B or C commitments. This group is made up of countries with strong customs modernization, such as Singapore.B, Hong Kong-China and the Republic of Korea. The TFA asked developing countries to provide their Category B names and indicative data by February 22, 2017, when the final date should have been communicated a year later. Yet only 43 of the WTO`s 89 developing members have fully responded to this request. [1] Since trade facilitation reforms cover various areas ranging from transparency to customs cooperation, coordination of the implementation of the ATF is incorporated into a multi-party body called the National Trade Facilitation Committees (NTFs). In order to prevent the interests of some groups from taking precedence over others, NTCFs should plan ahead for the full implementation of ADTs as part of a public-private partnership approach. Only 85 of the WTO`s 125 developing and least developed members reported the three categories (64 developing countries and 21 least developed countries). Eleven members (three developing countries and eight LDCs) were not appointed.

Contains provisions for the establishment of a permanent trade facilitation committee within the WTO and the requirement for WTO members to have a national committee to facilitate the coordination and implementation of the provisions of the agreement. It also contains a number of final provisions, such as the possibility of adopting regional approaches to the implementation of the TFA. Finally, developing and least developed countries should not underestimate the potential of South-South aid. In 2013, the value of South-South cooperation exceeded $20 billion and continued to grow (UN, 2015). The southern partnership can attract additional funds, as provided by the TFA (Article 22.2). Ratify – the sooner the better: the developing countries that will ratify the agreement in the coming months (and hopefully not years) have already missed some critical deadlines that will prevent them from using as much as possible the specific and differentiated provisions for the treatment of ADTs. Developing countries had to notify the technical assistance necessary to implement their Category C denominations by 22 February 2017. Two years have passed and only 42 developing countries have provided all of this information (46% of the total number of WTO development members).

LDCs don`t do any better. The deadline for the release of information on the necessary TACB expires today – 22 February 2019 – and only three LDCs (9% of the least developed wto members) have provided the necessary type of technical assistance. [2] The TFA aims to expedite trade proceedings, including the transfer, release and release of goods.

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