Trade Facilitation Deal Hits Trouble Over Link To Doha ‘Single Undertaking’ / Inside U.S. Trade

Efforts in the World Trade Organization to lay the groundwork for the implementation of the new Trade Facilitation (TF) Agreement hit an obstacle this week when African nations and least-developed countries (LDCs) proposed that the deal not enter finally into force until the conclusion of the Doha round, according to Geneva sources.

The African and LDC groups proposed variations on this idea during a May 26-28 meeting of the Preparatory Committee on Trade Facilitation (PCTF) to discuss the text of the protocol of amendment that will formally make the TF deal part of the WTO agreement, as well as an accompanying General Council decision.

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