New Zealand Permanent Mission Geneva, Switzerland

Joint Statement – Trade Facilitation Assistance

Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade, 8 July 2013, Geneva

We issue the following statement on behalf of 27 governments and organisations. Taken together, our support for trade facilitation programs has global reach.  It has assisted developing and least-developed countries in different regions to achieve significant results – cutting border clearance times, increasing revenue collection, and simplifying procedures for traders.

Trade facilitation reform delivers tangible benefits to economic growth and development.  The widespread recognition of these benefits is reflected in the pursuit of trade facilitation initiatives in many developing and least-developed countries and regional cooperation bodies around the world.  A WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement would add significant momentum to these initiatives, leading to even greater reductions in trade costs.

Because of the tangible economic benefits for developing and least-developed countries, we attach particular importance to assisting in the implementation of trade facilitation reform. A total of more than $381 million was committed to trade facilitation programs in 2011. This represents an increase of 365% (in real terms) of Official Development Assistance to trade facilitation compared to the 2002-2005 average. Since 2006, over $1.2 billion in ODA for trade facilitation has been disbursed. This underlines the strong and sustained support globally for trade facilitation efforts.

A WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement would build on the progress made to date. We recognise that there are WTO Members that will require support to fully implement the Trade Facilitation Agreement, complementing the support provided to date. Developing and least-developed WTO Members can be confident of our ongoing support for their implementation of a WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.

Statement issued on behalf of:

WTO Members

European Union
New Zealand
United Kingdom
United States


African Development Bank
Asian Development Bank
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Inter-American Development Bank
International Monetary Fund
Islamic Development Bank Group
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
United Nations Development Programme
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
World Bank Group
World Customs Organization

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