India Trade Facilitation Agreement

The TFA, which ended in 2013 at the WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali and has been in force since 2017, focuses on measures to accelerate the transport, provision and movement of goods, including goods in transit. Measures to ensure effective cooperation between Customs and other competent authorities in trade facilitation and customs compliance are also defined. Kher said India was not derailing the WTO talks on the Bali package and added: ”July 31 was not the deadline that could not have been extended. We are committed to the Trade Facilitation Agreement. Many trade experts believe that many WTO members, including the European Union and the United States, will effectively give up and focus all their efforts on more ambitious trade reforms, which they will already negotiate bilaterally and in small groups if global trade negotiations lose momentum. Established in 2009, the Customs Electronic Commerce/Electronic Data Interchange System (CIEM) provides the ICEGATE portal, which provides electronic storage services to negotiators and carriers and other Customs customers. These include the electronic presentation of the entry slip, shipping invoices and related electronic messages between customs officers and traders, using Internet communication protocols. The obligations referred to in Category A thus form an integral part of this Agreement. 2. A member of the least developed country may notify the Committee of the provisions it has designated in category A up to one year from the entry into force of this Agreement. The commitments of each least-developed Member that have been designated in Category A shall therefore form an integral part of this Agreement. ARTICLE 16: COMMUNICATION OF THE FINAL DATES FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF CATEGORIES B AND C 1. With respect to provisions that a developing country has not designated in Category A, the Member may delay its implementation in accordance with the procedure laid down in this Article. Category B developing countries (a) Upon entry into force of this Agreement, each member of the developing country shall notify the Committee of the provisions it has laid down in Category B and the corresponding indicative data for its implementation.17 (b) No later than one year after the entry into force of this Agreement, each member of the developing country shall inform the Committee of its final dates for the implementation of the provisions it has designated in category B.

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