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Trade Facilitation and E-business(UN/CEFACT)


The United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) is a subsidiary, intergovernmental body of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) which serves as a focal point within the United Nations Economic and Social Council for trade facilitation recommendations and electronic business standards. It has global membership and its members are experts from intergovernmental organizations, individual countries' authorities and also from the business community.

In focus

UNECE-UN/CEFACT is pleased to share the annual newsletter 2023, highlighting key milestones and activities that shaped our dynamic and impactful year. Throughout the year, the dedicated efforts of our expert community have been instrumental in restoring disrupted supply chains, addressing the challenges posed by conflicts, and contributing to the green and digital transformations.

The UN/CEFACT standards publication process is currently in progress, with several updates at various stages: 

  • The UN/EDIFACT D23B is pending validation, undergoing careful review to ensure accuracy.
  • Simultaneously, the UN/CCL D23B has been completed and awaits uploading to the ECE website for public access.
  • Additionally, we are pleased to announce that the UN/LOCODE 2023-2 publication is now complete, providing valuable location code information. We are dedicated to delivering reliable and up-to-date standards, and we appreciate your patience as we finalize these crucial publications for the benefit of the global trade community.

UNECE website issues: broken links: UNECE Trade Facilitation publications may be experiencing unavailability issues due to broken links or URL redirects. We understand the inconvenience this may cause, and we apologize for any difficulties in accessing the necessary resources. Rest assured, our technical team is actively working to resolve these problems, and we anticipate a full resolution by the end of August. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this period, and we are committed to ensuring seamless access to the publications moving forward.


7 March 2024: Cutoff date for the data maintenance request is 30 April 2024 for the new D23A cycle.

27 February 2024: We are pleased to inform you that the UN/EDIFACT directories are now back online and fully operational! After a brief interruption due to technical issues, we have resolved the matter and restored access to the directories.  You can access the directories via the following link: UN/EDIFACT Directories.

26 January 2024: The UN E-learning Course on Blockchain in Trade Facilitation will be officially launched by UNCTAD and UN Regional Commissions via webinar on 6 February, where ECE will share experience on its framework initiative and pilot use cases. Please sign up the course for more details:

8 January 2024: This is to announce a 60-day public review until 8 March 2024 concerning the Product Circularity Data Use Case of BRS “Traceability and Transparency in the Textile and Leather Sector, Use Cases and CCBDA Data Structures”. Please use the Public Comment Log provided to facilitate the preparation of a Disposition Log by the Project Team.

8 January 2024: The Core Component Library (CCL) D23B and XML Schema D23B have been validated by the Validation Focal Point and published on the UN/CEFACT website.

8 January 2024: Download the UN/CEFACT's Newsletter and Report to HoD.


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