The Wto Trade Facilitation Agreement

Section III contains institutional and final provisions on relations with other WTO agreements, the post-entry membership process of the agreement, the WTO Trade Facilitation Committee and the national trade facilitation committees to be set up in all WTO member states. Contains provisions for the establishment of a permanent trade facilitation committee within the WTO and the requirement for WTO members to have a national committee to facilitate the coordination and implementation of the provisions of the agreement. It also contains a number of final provisions, such as the possibility of adopting regional approaches to the implementation of the TFA. 1.1 Members agreed on the need to ensure that distributors are aware of their compliance obligations, encourage voluntary compliance so that importers can, in appropriate circumstances, correct themselves without penalty, and apply compliance measures to adopt stricter measures for non-compliant distributors. (14) In the two years since it came into force, 141 out of 164 countries have ratified the agreement, representing 86% of WTO membership (the TFA being applied on the basis of the most advantaged countries). 12 of the other 22 countries are LDCs. Nine countries have not ratified the TFA and have not communicated the commitments of Categories A, B and C. This means that the level of development can have a direct impact on the complexity of legal systems and on countries` ability to assess what they have to do, prompting donors and development partners to assist in legal processes. Shortly before the Ministerial Conference in Bali in December, the development process, with the direct assistance of the Director-General, had resulted in a quasi-clean text. Until now, differences of opinion have been limited to a small number of members who were able to find a solution at a bilateral meeting that allowed them to return as members. The former litigation and discontent groups such as S-D and Customs Cooperation were now in brackets.

Although the trade facilitation agreement has not yet been fully finalized by the Ministerial Conference, it was in good shape to be brought to and concluded. The ministerial conference led to new rounds of negotiations and differences of opinion, but the members finally reached agreement on a text on the agreement. After a decade of negotiations, the WTO finally concluded its trade facilitation agreement at the end of 2013, which was extended to 2014. [2] 2.3 Members are invited to provide additional information related to internet commerce, including relevant trade legislation and other items covered in paragraph 1.1.