Global Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation 2017

          The second global survey on trade facilitation and paperless trade implementation will provide policy makers, industry and trade-related stakeholders with insightful information to further enhance trade facilitation. 
           An important feature of the survey is its coverage of two major implementation areas. The first is implementation of selected, important measures under the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) which entered into force on 22 February 2017. Second, the survey looks at the implementation of innovative and technology-driven measures aimed at enabling trade using electronic rather than paper-based data or and documentation -- otherwise referred to as “paperless trade”.  The importance of the second category of measures cannot be overstated. In fact, a recent ESCAP study found that these “next generation” trade facilitation measures have just as much potential as more traditional measures to reduce trade costs and boost intra- and extra-regional trade.  Full implementation of cross-border paperless trade is expected to generate USD 257 billion of additional export potential annually for the Asia-Pacific region alone. In this respect, a new UN treaty, Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-Border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific, is expected to provide countries of Asia and the Pacific with a new tool and “digital” complement for better implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and the development of cross-border e-commerce.
            Compared with the first global survey, the current one includes a few more areas such as trade facilitation for SMEs, agricultural trade facilitation and women in trade facilitation. Results are expected to provide useful information for policy makers to harness trade as a key means of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 
           To ensure the reliability of the data collected, a three-step approach is adopted for data collection and collation. Step 1. Data submission by experts. Step 2. Data verification by the study teams from UN regional commissions. Step 3. Data validation by national governments.
           The survey started in January 2017. The final results and reports will be released in July 2017. It is conducted by five United Nations regional commissions including ECA, ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP and ESCWA. Overall coordination is provided by ESCAP.  Important partners of the survey include UNCTAD, ITC, OECDOceania Customs Organization (OCO) and Eurasian Economic Commission.
            We welcome contribution from any experts. Please kindly share your expertise. Your contribution may be a few selected sections of the questionnaire. With a large number of other experts, together, we will collect reliable data.  
            Introduction of the survey can also be downloaded through this link.

  • For countries in Asia and the Pacific: link
  • A common questionnaire (without any pre-filled information): download
  • A web-based questionnaire: link