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Inter-Subregional Forum for Enhanced Implementation of the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement: Summary of Proceedings

Publication | August 2019
Inter-Subregional Forum for Enhanced Implementation of the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement: Summary of Proceedings

This publication provides a summary of the discussions, features key messages from case studies, and consolidates useful resources relevant to the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).

Global implementation of the TFA promises to reduce trade costs between 6% and 16% and benefit small and medium-sized enterprises for inclusive growth. Held in October 2018, the Inter-Subregional Forum on Enhanced Implementation of the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement involved discussions on success stories and common challenges shared by government officials responsible for leading and guiding notification and implementation of the TFA in ADB’s member economies and subregional programs.

Contents 

  • 10 Key Takeaways
  • Introduction
  • Forum Program
  • Opening Session
  • Session 1: Trade Facilitation in Asia and the Pacific and Inclusive Growth
  • Session 2: Status of the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement in Asia and the Pacific
  • Session 3: Regional Cooperation and Trade Facilitation
  • Session 4: Article 7—Release and Clearance of Goods
  • Session 5: Article 11—Freedom of Transit
  • Session 6: Article 7.6—Establishment and Publication of Average Release Times
  • Session 7: Article 12—Customs Cooperation
  • Session 8: Article 8—Border Agency Cooperation
  • Session 9: Article 10.4—Single Window
  • Session 10: Article 23.2—National Committee for Trade Facilitation
  • Session 11: The Private Sector and Trade Facilitation Agreement
  • Session 12: Summary
  • Appendix: List of Participants