Technical Assistance

“[The Executive Council requests] that acceding African States benefit from the provisions of Section II of the Trade Facilitation Agreement relating to special and preferential treatment, as well as technical and financial assistance and transitory provisions.” Decisions of the Executive Council, 25th Ordinary Session of the AU Heads of State (June 2014)

Besides containing provisions for expediting the movement, release and clearance of goods, including goods in transit, the Trade Facilitation Agreement also sets out measures for effective cooperation between customs and other appropriate authorities on trade facilitation and customs compliance issues, and contains first-of-its kind provisions for technical assistance and capacity building in this area.

Critically, the Trade Facilitation Agreement allows developing countries to schedule their commitments for the provisions of the Agreement into 3 categories (A, B, and C) depending on their readiness to implement the provisions and their needs for technical assistance and capacity building. Provider of TFA-related Technical Assistance include International Organisations and Bilateral Donors.