This regional report presents data on trade facilitation and paperless trade implementation from 44 economies in the Asia-Pacific region and covering 5 different sub-regions. Since 2012, ESCAP Secretariat has conducted an annual regional survey to systematically collect and analyze information on the implementation of trade facilitation measures in the region, in order to provide a basis for developing more relevant capacity building and technical assistance and to assist countries to design and prioritize their own trade facilitation implementation plans and strategies. It covers not only implementation of some important measures included in the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) but also of measures aimed at enabling paperless trade, or the conduct of trade using electronic rather than paper-based data and documentation. In September 2014, the United Nations Regional Commissions (UNRCs) including ECA, ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP and ESCWA, in close collaboration with UNCTAD, OECD, ITC, OCO and SELA, initiated a global survey to collect data and information on trade facilitation and paperless trade implementation from their respective member states. This report is part of the new global effort and features the results of the 2015 UNRCs Joint Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade implementation for the Asia-Pacific region.
2017 Update: For national, (sub)regional reports related to the UN Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation Survey, as well as to access the online interactive database, please go to: https://unnext.unescap.org/AP-TFSurvey2017/