This course introduces participants to the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). It provides a comprehensive overview of the TFA, focusing particularly on the rights and obligations which it entails on the part of the member states, and laying out practical ways in which the private sector can support its implementation.

Beginning with an outline of the importance of the TFA, the course moves on to discuss the Agreement's structure and the roles to be played by various parties within it. In its second half, it details the TFA's measures to promote greater cross-border efficiency, notably through increased transparency and the removal of obstacles to trade. Finally, the course concludes by highlighting the Agreement's implementation and compliance requirements, including the role played by National Trade Facilitation Committees.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

Argue the benefits of the Trade Facilitation Agreement for member states;
Assess the obligations and rights of the member states with regard to the TFA; and
Evaluate the role which the private sector should play in promoting trade facilitation.

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  • Lecture 1: Solving Cross-border Inefficiency
  • Lecture 2: Transparency and Fairness
  • Lecture 3: Faster, Simpler, Cheaper
  • Lecture 4: Playing Your Part
  • Case Study Exercise
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