The Trade Facilitation Agreement adopted by the WTO member countries at the Bali Ministerial Conference in December 2013 highlights the importance of trade facilitation for international trade and global economy. Implementation of trade facilitation measures -including the WTO trade facilitation agreement – involves both WTO and Non-WTO members. To review current status and assess benefits of trade facilitation implementation, the survey provides a unique set of data and reports the progress made by 29 countries in Asia and the Pacific in implementing various trade facilitation and paperless trade measures in 2013/14. It updates, extends and refines the results of a previous survey carried out in 2012/13.
Data collection of the study was mainly conducted through survey questionnaire. It was administered by email attachment and a dedicated website to the participants of Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum 2013 held in Beijing on 10-11 September 2013, typically nominated officials from ministries in charge of trade and/or from Customs, as well as representatives from relevant private sector associations. Additional data collection through other experts as well as using available secondary data was conducted between October 2013 and March 2014 to complete, cross-check and validate the data. While every effort was made to ensure the reliability of the data, its accuracy cannot be fully guaranteed, in particular as some of the survey questions involve subjective elements and perceptions of different respondents. The data should not be considered as reflecting the views or carrying the approval of the United Nations.
This survey is an on-going and continuous effort, as we strive to collect the most up-to-date and accurate information on trade facilitation implementation in the Asia-Pacific region. Should you like to share your own expertise, please feel free to contact us.
Economic Affairs Officer
Trade Facilitation Unit
Trade and Investment Division, UNESCAP