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Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation - UNECE Regional Report 2017 (ECE/TRADE/438)

Facilitating trade is about streamlining and simplifying international trade, particularly import and export procedures, transit requirements and procedures applied by Customs and other agencies (UNECE-UN/CEFACT). With the rapid increase of international trade, thanks in part to the reduction of tariffs and quotas, it has become evident that for countries to benefit from open global markets it is necessary to address the pressing challenge of outdated, complex and inefficient trade procedures. Although trade facilitation is not a novel issue, the recent entry into force of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (February 2017) has brought it to the heart of the regional and global trade agenda.

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