Trade Facilitation Bilateral Agreement

1.1 Members agree on the importance of ensuring that distributors are aware of their compliance obligations, promoting voluntary compliance so that importers can correct themselves in appropriate circumstances, without penalty, and applying compliance measures to take stricter measures for non-compliant traders. (14) The Alliance`s instrument, the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA) through a Gender-Based Lens, provides development practitioners and converters with an in-depth analysis of the articles in Section I of the TFA from a gender perspective. It shows how the TFA, whatever its supposedly gender-blind formulation, offers an opportunity to remove gender barriers to international trade. Bureaucratic delays and «bureaucracy» weigh on traders for cross-border trade. Trade facilitation — the simplification, modernization and harmonization of export and import processes — has therefore become an important issue for the global trading system. 7.3 The trade mitigation measures referred to in paragraph 7.1 shall include at least three of the following measures:(7) (c) the least limiting measure where two or more alternative measures are reasonably available to achieve the objective or objectives concerned; (i) coordination among partners and donors, as well as between bilateral and multilateral donors, in particular in which country or region or region. In order to avoid overlap and overlap in assistance programmes and inconsistency in reform activities by closely coordinating technical assistance and capacity-building measures; Where appropriate, each member shall regularly consult its border agencies and traders or other stakeholders in its territory. 2.3 Members are invited to provide further commercial information on the internet, including relevant commercial legislation and other points mentioned in paragraph 1.1. (iii) Members should also promote internal coordination among their trade and development officers, both in capitals and in Geneva, in the implementation of this Agreement and technical assistance. The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) is a binding multilateral trade agreement between members of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The TFA was finalized in December 2013 and officially entered into force in February 2017.

The agreement aims to remove barriers to trade resulting from burdensome border requirements. These barriers prevent companies of all sizes from trading internationally, but they hurt small and medium-sized enterprises the most. (a) are maintained where the circumstances or objectives which led to their adoption no longer exist or where the changed circumstances or objectives can be addressed in a reasonably available and less limited manner; 4.2 Each Member shall design and implement risk management in such a way as to avoid arbitrary or unjustified discrimination or disguised restrictions on international trade. . . .

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