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Number of ratifications of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement reaches 84

July 1st, 2016 by

On 24 June, the Republic of Moldova formally ratified the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), bringing the total number of WTO members that have ratified the TFA to 84 meaning the WTO has received over three-quarters of the ratifications needed to bring the Agreement into force.

Concluded at the WTO’s 9th Ministerial Conference (MC9) in Bali 2013, the TFA is an accord to simplify customs and other border procedures for the efficient clearance of goods for import and export and is the first multilateral trade agreement concluded since the establishment of the WTO. The agreement also contains a ground-breaking framework for special and differential treatment that ensures that implementation of the TFA provisions are dependent on developing countries’ capacity to do so.

The TFA was an important priority for many developing countries at the WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali 2013 and was a key focus of TAF advisory support to the ACP Group in the run up to MC9. A Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility (TFAF) was launched by the WTO in 2014 at the request of developing and least-developed country members to help ensure that they receive the assistance needed to reap the full benefits of the TFA and to support the ultimate goal of full implementation of the new agreement by all members. Further information on TFAF is available at www.TFAFacility.org.

According to the WTO Secretariat, implementation of the TFA has the potential to increase global merchandise exports by up to $1 trillion per annum, with developing countries capturing more than half of the available gains. More information on the WTO TFA is available on the WTO Secretariat’s webpage.

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TAF Projects (December 2013)
Country or Region Grant Title

Implementation Status

Afghanistan Advisory Mission to Afghanistan

Completed

COMESA Advisory Mission to the East and Southern Africa (ESA) Group

Completed

EAC Advisory Mission to the EAC

Completed

Ethiopia Advisory Mission to Ethiopia

Completed

Global Feasibility Study for Advisory Centre on Regional Trade Agreements (ACORTA)

Completed

Global TAF Advisory Event 1

Completed

Lao PDR Advisory Mission to Lao PDR

Completed

Lesotho Advisory Mission to Lesotho

Completed

Malawi Advisory Mission to Malawi

Completed

Multi-Region Advisory Mission to  the AUC

Completed

Nepal Advisory Mission to Nepal

Completed

PIFS Support to Pacific ACP States in EPA negotiations

Completed

Samoa Logistical Support

Completed

Sierra Leone Advisory Mission to Sierra Leone

Completed

Solomon Islands Advisory Mission to the Solomon Islands

Completed

Sri Lanka Advisory Mission to Sri Lanka

Completed

Uganda Advisory Mission to Uganda

Completed

Vanuatu Advisory Mission to Vanuatu

Completed

ACP Call-down Support to the ACP Group in Geneva

Ongoing

Afghanistan Trade Negotiation Training and Capacity Building Support to Ministry of Commerce and Industry

Ongoing

EAC TradeSift Training for EAC Tripartite FTA Negotiations

Ongoing

ECOWAS Trade Capacity Building Programme

Ongoing

ECOWAS WTO Law Advisory Services and Capacity Building

Ongoing

Global Channel 2: Training on WTO Law and Dispute Settlement – ACWL

Ongoing

Global Channel 2: Training on WTO Law and Dispute Settlement – Trapca

Ongoing

Global TAF Advisory Publications/Toolkits

Ongoing

LDC Group Support to LDC Services Waiver

Ongoing

Nigeria Support to Nigeria Ministry of Trade and Investment

Ongoing

PIFS Support to the Pacific ACP States in EPA negotiations

Ongoing

OCTA Support for PACER Plus Negotiations

Ongoing

Solomon Islands Strengthening Trade Negotiation Capacity of Solomon Islands

Ongoing

The Gambia Support to the Ministry of Trade

Ongoing

TMSA Support to Tripartite FTA negotiations

Ongoing

Vanuatu Trade Negotiations Support

Ongoing

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