Response to the OECD public consultation on “Guidance on Countering Illicit Trade: Transparency in Free Trade Zones”

Response to the OECD public consultation on “Guidance on Countering Illicit Trade: Transparency in Free Trade Zones”

The GTPA believes that the success of implementing the Code of Conduct will largely be driven through collaboration and this requires a coordinated approach between multilateral organisations, government agencies in each country including Trade Promotion Organisations, Customs Agencies, Foreign Affairs Departments and Industry/ Economic Development.

For successful implementation the OECD should consider the following:

  • Aim to ensure that there is a balance between increased security requirements and the need to facilitate trade;
  • Businesses, especially SMEs, are already facing burdensome border processes, and that additional costly requirements may make their businesses unviable;
  • Acknowledge that risks cannot be eliminated, but should be appropriately managed;
  • Authorities should work with reliable and trustworthy private sector partners (e.g. shipping and logistics companies), especially in sharing information and intelligence;
  • Recognise that utilisation of new technologies that help track the integrity of the supply chain will be helpful, but should also be supported by regular verification process undertaken by both regulators and industry;
  • Provide support to lower income countries who require capacity building assistance to implement the reforms sought.

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