Survey questionnaires were completed by participants to the APTFF 2012 involved in trade facilitation in their own countries, as well as other selected experts. Following consistency checks and collection of additional and complementary data by ESCAP after the Forum, a dataset of trade facilitation implementation in 26 Asian countries was finalized for the year 2012. While every effort was made to ensure the reliability of the data, its accuracy cannot be fully guaranteed, in particular as some of the survey questions involve subjective elements and perceptions of different respondents.
The Trade Facilitation Agreement adopted by the WTO member countries at the Bali Ministerial Conference in December 2013 highlights the importance of trade facilitation for international trade and global economy. Implementation of trade facilitation measures -including the WTO trade facilitation agreement – involves both WTO and Non-WTO members.
The United Nations Regional Commissions (UNRCs) including ECA, ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP and ESCWA, in collaboration with UNCTAD, OECD, ITC, OCO and SELA, have conducted a global survey to collect relevant data and information on trade facilitation and paperless trade implementation in their respective member states. Outcomes of the survey are expected to enable the countries to better understand and monitor progress in trade facilitation, support evidence-based policy-making, and highlight the needs for capacity building and technical assistance.