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United Nations Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation 2019

Introduction to the UN Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation 2019

The United Nations Regional Commissions, including ECA, ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP and ESCWA, are conducting the third Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation (formerly the Global Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation) to collect relevant data and information from their respective Member States. The initiative will support the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, as well as emerging regional and global initiatives on paperless trade or e-trade, such as the recent Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-Border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific. Previous reports are available at

The Survey will lead to the production of a Global Report and five Regional Reports, as well as new data entry for the Interactive Database of Global Survey, which aim at providing insightful information for policy makers to harness trade as a key means of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is envisaged that, whenever possible, the Reports will be presented at key events of international deliberation and policymaking, including the  Global Aid for Trade Review, the Global Forum on Inclusive Trade for LDCs, etc..

Please be assured that your answers, together with feedback from other respondents, will be analysed in an aggregate manner. No individual name of the respondent will be released at any time.

Regional contacts
Economic Commission for Africa (ECA): Heini Suominen,
Economic Commission for Europe (ECE): Maria-Teresa Pisani, and Salehin Khan,
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC): Sebastian Herreros,  and Tania Garcia-Millan,
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP): Yuhua Zhang,  and Yann Duval,
Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA): Mohamed Chemingui,  

The Survey consists of two sections:
Section A - Trade Facilitation Measures, covering General Trade Facilitation Measures, Paperless Trade, Cross-border Paperless Trade, Border Agency Cooperation, Transit Facilitation, Trade Facilitation for SMEs, Agricultural Trade Facilitation, Women in Trade Facilitation, Trade Finance for Trade Facilitation (optional)
Section B – Key Challenges and Recommendations for digital and sustainable trade facilitation