ICC Issues Brief No 3 – Facilitating trade through digitalisation

An issues brief exploring a number of model provisions that could usefully form part of a new plurilateral agreement on the trade-related aspects of e-commerce.

Global trade is increasingly digitalised. Buyers, sellers, marketplaces and intermediaries now rely on technologies that enable commerce at a speed, scale and efficiency unimaginable just a few decades ago.

Unfortunately, many customs administrations around the world are still in the infancy of adopting such technologies and processes. Often, customs procedures still rely on hard-copy paper documents, manual and inefficient processes, and other relics of a bygone era ill-suited for trade in the 21st century.

ICC believes that the Joint Statement Initiative on E-commerce (JSI) offers an opportunity to build on existing trade disciplines and global best practices in order to fully realise the benefits of digitalisation and paperless trade.

This issues brief explores a number of model provisions that could usefully form part of a new plurilateral agreement on the trade-related aspects of e-commerce.

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