The World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade Facilitation is a unique opportunity for developing and least developed countries to simplify and modernize their trade and border procedures. This report helps policymakers and traders understand the benefits, legal obligations and key factors for the successful implementation of each measure of the agreement. It contains technical notes and guidelines for step-by-step national implementation plans and checklists to ensure compliance with each measure. Bureaucratic delays and « bureaucracy » weigh on the cross-border movement of goods for traders. Trade facilitation – the simplification, modernization and harmonization of export and import processes – has therefore become an important issue for the global trading system. Estimates show that full implementation of the TFA could reduce trade costs by an average of 14.3% and boost global trade by up to $1 trillion a year, with the largest gains being made in the poorest countries. For the first time in the history of the WTO, the obligation to implement the agreement is directly linked to the country`s ability to do so. A Trade Facilitation Agreement Mechanism (TFAF) has been put in place to ensure that developing and least developed countries receive the necessary support to take full advantage of the TFA. This report lists ten steps that would help international trade accelerate progress towards the SDGs. . .

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