Facilitating Export Control and Compliance Procedures


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Facilitating Export Control and Compliance Procedures

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StatusIn development
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Relevant SDG targets

SDG 8, SDG 9, SDG 17.

Project Purpose

Governments worldwide adopt policy measures to regulate cross-border trade and transit in regulated and sensitive goods. Export control measures may be introduced to protect the environment, public security, combat drugs and organised crime, and international peace and security.
The evolution and constant changes of export control regimes worldwide create significant challenges for global trade. Under export control the export, import, transit, brokerage, and technical assistance may be restricted or subject to licensing/permits. The procedures for the control measures and license regimes vary.
In the recent years the complexity of export control regimes has increased adding significant costs, uncertainty, and risks to global trade. Economic operators face increased reporting requirements, documentary requirements (end user certificates), a rapidly changing list of goods subject to export controls, application of sanctions, and variance of permit procedures. 
UN/CEFACT does not have specific recommendations and standards addressing the intricacies of procedures and formalities for export control. This project aims at discussing how trade facilitation principles, such as embodied in the WTO TFA and UN/CEFACT recommendations, and how they can be used to assist economic operators complying with export control requirements.
It will take stock and map the procedures and documentary requirements resulting from export control regimes, narrowing on specific area such as dual use items and sanction regimes. It will discuss facilitation measures, such as transparency, simplification of documentary requirements, used to facilitate trade, compliance and enforcement.
The project is in line with UN/CEFACT programme of work for the TPF domain. 

Project Scope

Development of a White Paper on Facilitating Export Control and Compliance Procedures that outlines innovative, technology-driven strategies for improving export control and compliance systems. The document will focus on conceptual frameworks and strategic recommendations aimed at aligning export procedures with the dynamic needs of global trade. This work is intended to stimulate discussion, guide policy development, and lay the groundwork for future practical implementations. This relates to the SHIP domain of the BSP model and covers government procedures and documents.

Project Deliverables

The project deliverables are: • Deliverable 1: Guidelines; • Deliverable 2: Brochure.

Exit Criteria

Exit Criteria for Deliv. 1 & 2: Final document ready for publication.

Impact analysis

This project will contribute to streamlining export control procedures, reduce the compliance burden, and potentially boost trade, especially for developing countries. The impact can be measured by the ease of export procedures and growth in trade volumes.

Project Team Membership and Required Functional Expertise

Membership is open to UN/CEFACT experts with broad knowledge in the area of: Trade Procedures, Export control, Trade compliance. In addition, Heads of Delegations may invite technical experts from their constituency to participate in the work. Experts are expected to contribute to the work based solely on their expertise and to comply with the UN/CEFACT Code of Conduct and Ethics and the policy on Intellectual Property Rights.

Geographical Focus

The geographical focus of the project is global.


- Exporting Businesses: Especially those in developing countries, who will benefit from clearer and more streamlined export control procedures. - Importing Nations: As they will receive goods that meet standardized compliance measures, ensuring quality and legality. - Global Trade Community: Including international trade organizations, as improved and standardized export controls facilitate smoother global trade operations. - Regulatory Bodies and Governments: By having a standardized system, they can more effectively monitor and manage export activities. - Financial Institutions: Banks and other financial institutions involved in international trade financing will benefit from clearer and more predictable export control frameworks.

Initial Contributions

•    UNECE Recommendations – 1, 2, 18;
•    WTO Agreements (TFA);
•    Legal information collected from the Web;
•    WTO 2023 WTO | International Export Regulations and Controls: Navigating the global framework beyond WTO rules

Resource Requirements

Participants in the project shall provide resources for their own participation. The existence and functioning of the project shall not require any additional resources from the UNECE secretariat.

Project Leadership

Aleksei Bondarenko (E-mail: Aleksei.v.Bondarenko@gmail.com)