This report provides an assessment of Tonga’s readiness for cross-border paperless trade, i.e., the conducting of international trade on the basis of electronic data and documents. The report provides a brief overview of trade facilitation implementation in Tonga, followed by findings from the technical and legal readiness assessments for cross-border paperless trade. This report continues with recommendations on both technical and legal aspects of cross-border paperless trade, followed by an action plan as a way forward for Tonga.
The team started conducting the readiness assessment with a preparatory national consultation in August 2021. Based on the collected checklists data and the research conducted on the technical and legal environments, the experts drafted a readiness assessment report. A national consultation on facilitating cross-border paperless trade was co-organized with the Ministry of Trade and Economic Development on 10 March 2022, when the preliminary findings as well as recommendations and the draft action plan were further reviewed, consolidated and validated. All inputs from these interviews and consultations are incorporated in this report.