Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

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The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (the Alliance) – jointly established in 2015 by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the World Economic Forum (WEF), and the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) – works with the public and private sectors to identify bottlenecks in the supply chain in developing countries and emerging economies, and implement targeted, clear-cut and measurable solutions. The Alliance is funded by the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. It also benefits from the expertise of GIZ, the German development agency.

The Alliance’s unique public-private platform leverages in-kind contributions from the private sector – from providing technical expertise to supporting the implementation of the reforms. In doing so, the Alliance embeds business mind-set and private sector expertise in tackling customs delays and unnecessary red-tape at borders – delivering results that are measured by commercial metrics and are in line with the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement.

Ongoing projects include:
•    In Vietnam, a modern system of conditional release of goods using customs bonds;
•    In Colombia, a risk-management system for inspection, surveillance, and control (IVC) for all imports of food, medicine and medical equipment;
•    In Colombia, an advanced rulings regime through the establishment of a Center for Trade Facilitation and Good Practices to harmonize and centralize decisions concerning classification, valuation and rules of origin;
•    In Ghana and Kenya, a risk-based pre-arrival processing to expedite the clearance of goods

In Sri Lanka, the Alliance is finalizing a proposal to develop a trade facilitation framework for a Multi Country Consolidation Hub. In Morocco, the Alliance is currently exploring two project ideas: (i) the harmonization of documents and simplification of procedures in ports, and (ii) the optimization of trade facilitation performance with the use of data analytics.

The Alliance is also planning projects in countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Malawi, and Zambia. Further countries and project opportunities will be identified in 2018.

For more information please visit the Alliance website www.tradefacilitation.org or contact info@tradefacilitation.org.