Wen Jin "Jean" Yuan, Yasnanhia Cabral, Anton C. Yang


The U.S. International Trade Commission moderated a trade facilitation roundtable on October 15, 2015, focusing on the implementation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) that was signed in Bali in December 2013. Participants included representatives from government, industry, trade associations, think tanks, and academia. The discussion centered around five areas: (1) individual country/regional experiences in trade facilitation reform; (2) international organizations' trade facilitation programs; (3) the benefits and challenges of implementing the TFA; (4) public-private partnership in trade facilitation reforms; and (5) the TFA Single Window provision. This article summarizes discussions held during the roundtable’s two sessions. The first session concerned country and regional experiences in trade facilitation reform and the effectiveness of public-private partnership in implementing such reforms, while the second focused on international organizations' trade facilitation programs and on the United States’ progress on implementing the Single Window provision.