National committees on trade facilitation

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The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) includes a specific requirement that national committees on trade facilitation (NCTFs) be established ‘to facilitate both domestic coordination and implementation of the provisions of this Agreement’ (WTO, 2014, Art 23.2).
This paper, which is based on the findings of a comprehensive review of Australia’s National Committee on Trade Facilitation (Widdowson et al., 2017), provides an overview of relevant international policies, recommendations, trends and developments, as well as identified industry priorities and ambitions from an Australian perspective in relation to the facilitation of international trade within the scope of the TFA.
The research identifies ways to enhance the ability of such committees to influence a meaningful trade facilitation agenda that reflects the needs and aspirations of a country’s international trading community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-48
Number of pages22
JournalWorld Customs Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018


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