Appendix 5 - Annex A: APEC trade facilitation achievements
Faster customs clearances
clearances through direct electronic communication with Customs authorities
- More consistent customs valuations
for more consistent and transparent customs valuations of traded goods.
- Expanded E-commerce and paperless trading
access to markets for business and commitment to a goal of paperless trading by
2005 for developed and 2010 for developing economies, or as soon as possible
- Simplified business travel
travel with multiple entry visas, internet visa information and visa-free
short-term entry via APEC Business Travel Card.
- Alignment of standards for food,
electrical, machinery and rubber products
domestic standards with international standards for goods such as radios,
televisions, videos, refrigerators, air-conditioners, rubber gloves and food
labelling, by 2005.
- Lower cost of trade in electrical
Lower cost of trade
in electrical goods such as computers, toasters, televisions, radios and
power-tools through a single test for conformity assessments.
- Lower cost of trade in telecommunications
Lower cost of trade
in telecommunications goods such as phones, faxes, modems, PABXs and radio
transmitters worth an estimated $US 50 billion per year, through a single test
for conformity assessments.
- Simplified sales of telecommunications
negotiation of telecommunications contracts and easier commercial access to
- Less risk for investment in energy
investment decisions in energy infrastructure through the Manual of Best
Practice Principles for Independent Power Producers and the Natural Gas
- Market access information for architects,
engineers and accountants
access information for architects, engineers and accountants.
- Less waste in fresh seafood trade
Less wastage and
shorter transport times for fresh seafood.
preparedness, risk assessment and contingency planning.
- Market access information
Internet access to
information on tariffs, investment, e-commerce, intellectual property, business
travel, government procurement, business opportunities, marine ports and labour
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