Each Member shall establish and/or maintain a National Committee for Trade Facilitation or designate an existing mechanism that facilitates both national coordination and the implementation of the provisions of this Agreement. 1.1 Each Member, to the extent possible and in accordance with its national law and legal order, shall provide traders and other interested parties with the opportunity and a reasonable period of time to decide on the proposal to introduce or amend laws and regulations of general application relating to the movement, release and registration of goods. including goods in transit. 4.4 Each Member shall base risk management on a risk assessment based on appropriate selectivity criteria. Those selectivity criteria may include, inter alia, the Harmonised System code, the nature and description of the goods, the country of origin, the country of origin from which the goods were dispatched, the value of the goods, the proof of conformity of the economic operators and the mode of transport. 4.2 Each Member shall design and implement risk management in such a way as to avoid arbitrary or unjustified discrimination or disguised restrictions on international trade. Section III contains institutional rules and final provisions covering relations with other WTO agreements, the process of accession of Members to the Agreement after their entry into force, the WTO Trade Facilitation Committee and the National Trade Facilitation Committees, which will be established in all WTO Members. (c) the least limiting measure where two or more alternative measures are reasonably available to achieve the policy objective or objectives concerned; and 2. Each Member shall cooperate, to the extent possible and to the extent possible, on mutually agreed terms with other Members with whom it shares a common border, in order to coordinate procedures at border crossing points in order to facilitate cross-border trade. Such cooperation and coordination may include: 3.1 Each Member, within its available resources, shall establish or maintain one or more information bodies to respond to appropriate requests from Governments, traders and other interested parties concerning the matters referred to in paragraph 1.1 and to provide the forms and documents required in accordance with point (a) of paragraph 1.1.
Technical assistance for trade facilitation is provided by the WTO, WTO members and other intergovernmental organizations, including the World Bank, the World Customs Organization and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). In July 2014, the WTO announced the establishment of the Trade Facilitation Facility that would help developing and least-developed countries implement the Trade Facilitation Agreement. The Facility was put into operation with the adoption of the Trade Facilitation Protocol on 27 November 2014. 7.1 Each Member shall provide additional trade facilitation measures with respect to the import, export or transit formalities and procedures referred to in paragraph 7.3 to operators meeting certain criteria, hereinafter referred to as “authorized operators”. Another Member may propose such trade facilitation measures under customs procedures which are generally available to all economic operators and is not required to establish a separate regime. 12.2 Nothing in this Article shall be construed to modify or affect the rights or obligations of a Member under such bilateral, plurilateral or regional agreements, or to regulate the exchange of customs information and data under such other agreements. . . .