Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Summer 2019

Publication Title

Trade, Law and Development

Volume

11

Issue

1

First Page

38

Last Page

51

Keywords

Trade Facilitation Agreement, World Trade Organization, Doha

Abstract

The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) entered into force on February 22, 2017. It has re-oriented thinking on special and differential treatment at the World Trade Organization (WTO). Developing and least-developed countries can make their obligations conditional on the receipt of effective technical assistance that creates the necessary relevant capacity. They can also choose the implementation periods for provisions of the TFA in accordance with their own needs. These innovative approaches may be suitable for adoption in other agreements.

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