Trade Facilitation Support Program (TFSP)

The Program

The Trade Facilitation Support Program (TFSP) was launched in June 2014 to support countries seeking assistance to improve their cross-border trade environments and better align their trade practices with the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO TFA).

TFSP’s funding helps countries—particularly developing countries—achieve full and effective implementation of the WTO TFA measures and related trade facilitation reforms. TFSP funding helps client countries:

  • Identify existing constraints and bottlenecks to cross-border trade
  • Design and plan for implementation of practical reform strategies
  • Increase the predictability, transparency, and harmonization of systems and procedures in line with international standards covering import, export, and transit activities

Key areas of assistance

  • Supporting the ratification of the WTO TFA and meeting the related notification requirements
  • Undertaking WTO TFA Gap Assessments and implementation of reform action plans
  • Supporting the establishment and strengthening of National Trade Facilitation Committees
  • Assisting with the design of risk-based approaches for border clearance
  • Preparing for Trade Information Portal and/or Single Window implementation
  • Leveraging global and regional partnerships and knowledge sharing to ensure optimal delivery of support

Progress

The TFSP currently supports 56 countries across all regions, most of which are least developed countries. The largest share of countries receiving support are in Sub-Saharan Africa. Support is also provided to fragile and conflict-affected countries. 

The World Bank Group has helped countries significantly improve their alignment with the WTO TFA. The TFA Tracking Tool helps countries to monitor and report on progress. As of the end of June 2023, the overall WTO TFA alignment scores of TFSP countries had risen from 41 to 53 percent.


Recognizing the important roles of both the public and private sectors in trade facilitation, the World Bank Group implements the TFSP by drawing on the unique expertise of both the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Donors

The program is funded by nine donor partners: Australia, Canada, the European Commission, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Partnerships & Collaboration

The World Bank Group works very closely with the WTO, and other partners and donors in supporting developing countries in improving border processes and procedures.

Blogs

October 30, 2023: How a digital platform for ports speeds delivery of goods to your local shopping mall

October 25, 2023: Fiji is digitalizing trade processes, helping firms expand in new markets and hire more workers

July 5, 2023: Toppling the barriers to Indian women’s participation in trade

June 30, 2023: Timor-Leste moves toward WTO membership with new biosecurity legislation

June 7, 2023: Tajikistan: Empowering women in cross-border trade

May 3, 2023: Timor-Leste sets its sights on regional and global trade integration

May 10, 2023: Digital certification makes cocoa traders in Côte d'Ivoire more competitive

April 28, 2023: Helping Lao businesses trade — the Authorized Economic Operator Program

August 6, 2022: Public-private collaboration facilitates the import of vaccines in Tonga

June 22, 2022: Lao PDR Trade Portal: Ten years old and growing strong

June 1, 2022: Time release studies: Making trade faster and more predictable in Europe and Central Asia

May 3, 2022: Helping women entrepreneurs break into global markets by overcoming challenges at the border

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Feature Stories

April 28, 2023: Helping Lao businesses trade — the Authorized Economic Operator Program

April 1, 2023: Bananas and Blight – An Illustration In The Complexity of Global Trade

March 8, 2023: Transforming Economic Opportunities for Women Through Trade

January 30, 2023: How Innovation is Revolutionizing Global Trade

September 21, 2022: Supporting Safe Trade to Improve Nepal's Export Position

June 22, 2022: New Clearance Procedures Save Time at North Macedonia Border

August 5, 2021: Digital Trade Can Help North Macedonia Build Back Better Post-COVID-19

July 9, 2021: Montenegro Cuts Import Clearance Time: 8 Hours to 30 Minutes

February 25, 2021: Trade Facilitation Challenges for Women Traders in the Pacific Islands and Timor-Leste

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Publications

March 4, 2024: Unlocking Trade for Women: Trade Facilitation and Gender Surveys

Decemeber 11, 2023: Guideline on risk management systems for food safety organizations

March 8, 2022: Brazil: Understanding trade facilitation barriers for women

February 25, 2021: Trade Facilitation Challenges for Women Traders in the Pacific Islands and Timor-Leste
Regional | Fiji | Papua New Guinea | Samoa | Timor-Leste | Vanuatu

November 10, 2020: Risk Prioritization in Phytosanitary Management: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Videos

October 19, 2023: How is Fiji getting one step closer to automated trade?

October 31, 2022: Single Window: A Path to Paperless Trade

February 25, 2021: Unlocking Trade for Women in the Pacific

June 22, 2020: Managing Risk and Facilitating Trade During the COVID-19

June 27, 2019: 360 Video: Making trade faster, cheaper and easier in Sierra Leone

February 6, 2019: 360 Video: Trading Across Borders in Guatemala and Honduras

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Trade Tips Podcast

June 1, 2023: What Caribbean Rum Cake Teaches us About Trade

May 1, 2023: A (Digital) Window to the World of Trade

April 1, 2023: Bananas & Blight

March 1, 2023: Invisible Women

February 15, 2023: The Climate Conundrum

January 30, 2023: Around the World of Trade

January 15, 2023: Trade Tips Podcast: What You Can Expect

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Select news articles about our work published in client countries

April 11, 2024: Launch of the Timor-Leste Trade Information Portal: Livestream

December 4, 2023: Shaping the future of the digital economy: The role of trade facilitation and digitization

May 16, 2023: Western Balkan Economies Seek Faster, Safer Trade Together

May 16, 2023: Trade Facilitation Regional Maturity and Capacity Building Conference taking place in Belgrade Serbia

April 23, 2023: Peru: Government announces new measures to improve the competitiveness of exporting companies (Spanish)

March 30, 2023: Timor-Leste: World Bank and MTCI sign MOU to provide trade information portal to support import and export activities

March 23, 2023: Export of plant products from May 2023 – Cote D’Ivoire will officially issue ephyto certificates (French)

March 21, 2023: Bosnia: Final workshop held on the creation of a roadmap for the establishment of a national single window for cross-border trade (Bosnian)

March 20, 2023: Kosovo: Introducing the National Single Window Guide (Albanian)

March 15, 2023: Timor-Leste: New Biosecurity Laws Passed

March 9, 2023: Western Balkans: Towards a New Generation of Regional Cooperation through Digitalization (Macedonian)

February 8, 2023: Kick off meeting for Time Release Study in Uzbekistan

December 16, 2022: Supporting the Effective Implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement in the Pacific

December 8, 2022: First World Trade Congress on Gender

October 2022: North Macedonia: Digitization of Customs with the aim of more efficient services for economic operators (Macedonian)

November 11, 2022: Central America: Expediting trade in the region, key to development (Spanish)

September 19, 2022: Building trust: Trade in the age of digitalization

August 24, 2022: Guatemala: The implementation of the advance declaration will reduce times and costs for exporters (Spanish); YouTube: Government implements advance customs declarations

July 27, 2022: Creating an Enabling Environment to Increase Women's Participation in Trade

June 29, 2022: Five-Year Anniversary of the Trade Facilitation Agreement

June 26, 2022: Lesotho: Launch of National Single Window for Trade

April 1, 2022: Kosovo: Customs reduces clearance times

March 30, 2022: Roadmap for Electronic Single Windows in Montenegro and Kosovo

March 26, 2022: Pakistan: Launch of the Trade Information Portal | Portal

March 8, 2022: Gender equality and inclusion in trade

February 22, 2022: Supply chain resilience highlighted at fifth anniversary of Trade Facilitation Agreement

February 1, 2022: Global Forum for National Trade Facilitation Committees

November 26, 2021: Milestone review of Trade Facilitation Agreement

November 9, 2021: Boosting trade competitiveness in the Pacific

December 23, 2020: Vietnam Launches First-Ever Free Trade Agreement Portal

December 11, 2020: A Single Source for All Cross-Border Trade Information in Mongolia Portal

November 9, 2020: Lesotho Re-launches Trade Information Portal: New, Simplified and User-Friendly

September 30, 2020: Eswatini Launches Trade Information Portal: “Export-Import Made Easier”

September 16, 2020: Montenegro certifies first AEO

May 20, 2020: Zambia Launches Trade Information Portal

October 17, 2019: Kosovo Launches AEO with Support of the World Bank Group

September 18, 2019: Developing Country Participation Critical to ISO's Future

July 3, 2019: Aid for Trade Review opens with call to preserve trading system as driver for development

May 16, 2019: Shaw Launches New Trade Information Portal

April 1, 2019: Zambia: Donor partners witness trade improvements

September 11, 2018: IFC Helps Mongolia Government Facilitate Trade by Enhancing Risk Management of Border Agencies

September 2, 2018: Serbia, Macedonia Leaders Hail 'One-Stop Shop' Border Project

August 16, 2018: Agencies Explore Workable Single Window System Customized for Fiji

April 11, 2018: 26 Years Independent Customs Administration of the Republic of Macedonia

February 23, 2018: New book launched at STDF Policy Committee: “Driving safe trade solutions worldwide”

July 7, 2017: Seeking for Potential Bilateral Cooperation between the IPPC and the WB

December 17, 2015: Azevêdo welcomes efforts to help implement Trade Facilitation Agreement


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