The cross-border paperless trade (CBPT) database facilitates the sharing of knowledge and expertise gained from previous and on-going projects and services on cross-border trade digitalization. The CBPT database contains information on project/service on cross-border trade digitalization (including its focus and objectives, architecture and functionalities, challenges, benefits, and other aspects), as well as relevant legal and implementation instruments.
The ESCAP, in support to the ARTNeT research programme on trade facilitation, initiated development of a bilateral trade cost database in 2010 in an effort to increase understanding of the cost of trading between countries in Asia and the Pacific and beyond. The trade cost measure, based on Novy (2012), is a comprehensive all-inclusive measure based on micro-theory and calculated using macro-economic data, providing an alternative measure of trade facilitation performance.
UNNExT Business Process Analysis (BPA) of Trade Procedures has proved to be an effective tool to provide detailed understanding of international trade transactions, and is regarded as the first step to be conducted before undertaking other trade facilitation measures. Over 50 import and export processes have been studied using BPA since 2009 by international organizations such as ESCAP, ECE, ADB, and their member states.
This database features the results of the UN Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation (formerly: UN Global Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation) conducted in 2015, 2017 and 2019 by United Nations Regional Commissions for Africa (ECA), Europe (ECE), Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and Western Asia (ESCWA).