4.1 Members shall endeavour to establish or maintain a single window for traders to submit to participating authorities or bodies documents and/or data requirements for the import, export or transit of goods through a central point of entry. After examination of the documents and/or data by the participating authorities or bodies, the results will be communicated to the applicants in due course via the central window. But if Brussels is interested in maintaining duty-free trade during a no-deal Brexit, it would be in their interest to implement the WTO`s trade facilitation agreement, especially now that there is a withdrawal agreement and both sides have almost implemented a trade agreement by December this year. If it takes them several years to do so, this agreement would give them the flexibility to do so this time. 2. Each Member shall cooperate, to the extent possible and to the extent possible, on mutually agreed terms with other Members with which it shares a common border in order to coordinate procedures at border crossing points in order to facilitate cross-border trade. This cooperation and coordination may include: The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), the most important trade agreement since the creation of the World Trade Organization in 1995, entered into force on 22 February 2017. To see how this works, it`s helpful to compare how the different parts of the agreement are written. In some parts, the mandatory “should”, which means “shall”, often appears. In other parts, these are phrases like “to the extent possible.” Let`s see what they are. 3.1 Each Member shall establish, within its available resources, one or more requests for information to respond to reasonable requests from governments, traders and other interested parties on matters referred to in paragraph 1.1 and to provide the necessary forms and documents in accordance with paragraph 1.1(a).
But these major economies don`t just rely on the basic rules of the WTO – they all have other agreements with the EU to facilitate trade. 1.2 Each Member shall ensure, to the extent possible and in a manner consistent with its national laws and legal systems, that new or amended laws and regulations of general application relating to the transport, transfer and handling of goods, including goods in transit, are published as soon as possible before their entry into force or that information concerning them is otherwise made public. to give traders and other interested parties the opportunity to get to know them. .