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Summary of UNECE Trade Facilitation Recommendations (ECE/TRADE/442/Rev.1)

Within the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) has developed a series of some 30 recommendations and standards that are used worldwide to simplify, standardize and harmonize trade procedures and information flows. Many of these are now international standards of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
This revised publication (ECE/TRADE/442/Rev.1) provides an updated summary on the status and availability of these trade facilitation recommendations, and will serve as a useful reference document for both governments and traders. This year’s publication includes summaries for Recommendation No. 37 (Single Submission Portal) and Recommendation No. 43 (Sustainable Procurement). As such, I am confident in the utility of the recommendations in furthering UNECE’s mission to improve the global trade community’s ability to exchange products and services effectively.