BUSINESS PROCESS ANALYSIS TO SIMPLIFY TRADE PROCEDURES

INTRODUCTION

Business process analysis is recommended as the first step to be taken before undertaking other trade facilitation measures related to the simplification, harmonization, and automation of trade procedures and documents. Indeed, it is important that a clear and detailed picture of the “as-is” business processes involved in importing or exporting be available, as it will provide a sound basis for the selection and prioritization of trade facilitation measures aimed at streamlining these processes.

 

 

WHERE TO START?

The Guide to Business Process Analysis to Simplify Trade Procedures [English | Russian | Arabic], developed by ESCAP in collaboration with UNECE and UNNExT, provides a concise methodology for the elicitation and systematic documentation of existing trade procedures and processes.

Trade Process Analysis Database (TPAD) v.1 encompasses 56 product-specific import and export processes in 13 developing Asian countries. TPAD v.1 accompanies a policy brief "Insights from ESCAP's Trade Process Analysis Database". (Microsoft Access 2010 or more advanced version is required to open TPAD v. 1)

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