Analytical Note, May 2011

Trade Facilitation State of Play and Implications of an ‘Early Harvest’ on Developing Countries.

Recently there has been an indication that some WTO members (especially developed countries) are proposing that an agreement on Trade Facilitation be one of the items to be an Early Harvest in the Doha negotiations in the WTO. In particular, the proposal is for a Trade Facilitation agreement or text to be adopted by the WTO Ministerial Conference in December 2011.

This Note describes the state of play of the TF negotiations and analyses the implications of an Early Harvest on TF for the developing countries.

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