Traders from both developing and developed countries have long pointed to the vast amount of “red tape” that still exists in moving goods across borders, and which poses a particular burden on small and medium-sized enterprises. The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) contains provisions for expediting the movement, release and clearance of goods, including goods in transit. It also sets out measures for effective cooperation between customs and other appropriate authorities on trade facilitation and customs compliance issues. The Agreement will help improve transparency, increase possibilities to participate in global value chains, and reduce the scope for corruption.1 The TFA was the first Agreement concluded at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) by all of its Members, including Kenya, and it entered into force on 22 February 2017.
Under Article 1.1 of the TFA, Member countries are required to publish trade-related information in a prompt, non-discriminatory and easily accessible manner. Article 1.2 additionally requires Member countries to publish descriptions of import, export and transit procedures through the internet.
To fulfil its obligations under the TFA, Kenya has developed the Information for Trade in Kenya Portal (InfoTradeKE); publishing the relevant information on trade procedures, making it easily accessible to all public and private actors. Much of the information required in the various provisions of Art. 1, is provided on the Portal’s step-by-step presentation of trade procedures which are accessible through the search bar on the Home Page.
The purpose of this Trade Facilitation Repository (TFR) is to help users find relevant information related to each of the provisions of Article 1.1 of the TFA.
Article 1.1: Publication
Source: The Trade Facilitation Agreement, Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility