WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement particularly relevant to post Brexit NI


The World Customs Organisation has welcomed the entry into force of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement which may be particularly relevant to post Brexit Northern Ireland along with other customs facilitation agreements like the UNECE eTIR Project / TIR convention

The WTO TFA states:

‘Each Member shall ensure that its authorities and agencies responsible for border controls and procedures dealing with the importation, exportation, and transit of goods cooperate with one another and coordinate their activities in order to facilitate trade.

‘Each Member shall, to the extent possible and practicable, cooperate on mutually agreed terms with other Members with whom it shares a common border with a view to coordinating procedures at border crossings to facilitate cross-border trade.’


Particularly relevant will be the new digital provisions.

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  • George

    Every single member of the G20 has a trade agreement in place with the EU for a reason. WTO rules are a worse option, even streamlined ones.

  • chrisjones2

    Now now ….dont go taking down barriers to a Grievance that can be blamed on the Brits!!!!

  • chrisjones2

    Look ….just 2 comments. Connolly House mustn’t have an approved line yet. Too busy writing Gerrys Speeches for St Patrick’s day

  • Gingray

    Ha, maybe just ignoring the lunatic fringe who think, against all evidence to the contrary, that WTO trade rules are better than existing free trade.

  • Kevin Breslin

    E-TIR doesn’t come close to fixing more than 1% of the real economic border problems.

    And I also believe no EU member has been brought to WTO tribunals more than the UK has.