The National Trade Facilitation Committee – Beyond the Launch
Viva the National Trade Facilitation Committee! So, the Committee has been launched, lots of interest generated, and energy is high for achieving change and facilitate commerce. This is good, but what is trade facilitation and how can it be improved? It can be summarized as transparency and efficiency for importing and exporting through simplification, standardization, harmonization and modernization of regulations and processes. But what does this really mean in practice? Is transparency straight forward? Would eliminating steps in processes mean simplification? And how is modernization defined: is it only the use of technology? These questions show that behind each of these words is a complex set of implications that make the implementation of agreements like the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) not so straight forward.