“The Cross-Border Paperless Trade Toolkit that we are launching today responds to growing demands for practical and solutions-oriented instruments that can harness trade digitalization for easier, less costly and more inclusive global trade,” WTO Deputy Director-General Anabel Gonzalez said at the launch of the report.
“Paperless trade specifically — and trade facilitation more generally — are also highly relevant in the broader context of the supply chain disruptions that we have been witnessing over the past two years,” she added.
“Paperless trade can be a very powerful tool to reduce trade costs, which is key to making economies more efficient, global trade more inclusive, and supply chains more resilient,” DDG Gonzalez concluded.
The “Cross-border Paperless Trade Toolkit” builds on the guides and checklists developed by ESCAP, with the aim of helping users conduct self-assessments of their cross-border systems.
The toolkit is intended to help officials implement paperless trade systems by looking at the steps needed to establish appropriate legal and technical frameworks that promote efficient cross-border practices. The publication also lists the international and regional organizations providing technical assistance and support programmes in this area.
The publication is available here.
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