Wto Trade Facilitation Agreement Text


The texts reproduced in this section do not have the legal status of the original documents entrusted and preserved by the WTO Secretariat in Geneva. Recognizing the need for effective cooperation among Members on matters of trade facilitation and customs compliance, 1.1 Each Member shall, to the extent possible and in accordance with its domestic law and legal system, grant traders and other interested parties the opportunity and a reasonable period of time to propose the introduction or amendment of laws and regulations with general application in the context of movement, the release and clearance of goods. including goods in transit. The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) entered into force on 22 February 2017. This is the outcome of the Doha Round of trade negotiations launched in 2001. The text of the TFA was adopted by WTO members at the 9th Ministerial Conference held in Bali from 3 to 6 December 2013. The Agreement has entered into force in accordance with Article X(3) of the WTO Agreement and Members must accept the amendment to the WTO Agreement individually by depositing a declaration of acceptance of the Protocol of Amendment adopted on 27 November 2014. An updated list of Members that have adopted the Protocol is available on the WTO website. With the Trade Facilitation Agreement, WTO Members will pursue the following objectives: 7.3 Trade facilitation measures under paragraph 7.1 shall include at least three of the following:(7) 1.5 The Committee shall maintain close contacts with other international organizations in the field of trade facilitation, such as the ZD, with a view to ensuring the best possible advice for the implementation and management of this Agreement and to ensure that: unnecessary duplication is avoided. To this end, the Committee may invite representatives of such organizations or their subsidiary bodies; (iii) Members should also promote internal coordination among their trade and development officials, both in capitals and in Geneva, in the implementation of this Agreement and in the context of technical assistance.

3. Members of the least developed countries shall make commitments only to the extent consistent with their individual development, financial and trade needs or with their administrative and institutional capacities. 1.2 Each Member shall ensure, to the extent possible and in a manner consistent with its national laws and legal systems, that new or amended laws and regulations of general application relating to the transport, transfer and handling of goods, including goods in transit, are published as soon as possible before their entry into force or that information concerning them is otherwise made public. to give merchants and other interested parties the opportunity to get to know them. 3. The expert group is composed of five highly qualified independent persons in the areas of trade facilitation and capacity building, support and assistance. The composition of the expert group ensures a balance between nationals of developing countries and members of industrialized countries. Where a member of the least developed country is involved, the group of experts shall be composed of at least one national of a member of a least developed country. If the Committee is unable to agree on the composition of the Expert Group within 20 days of its establishment, the Director General, in consultation with the Chair of the Committee, shall determine the composition of the Expert Group in accordance with this paragraph. .

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