Trade Facilitation Agreement, Special and Differential Treatment for LDCs

Section II of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) contains special and differential treatment (SDT) provisions that allow LDCs to determine their own implementation schedule of the individual provisions contained in Articles 1 to 12 of the agreement. SDT also allows LDCs that lack the necessary capacity for provision implementation to request technical assistance and support for capacity building. For TFA purposes, assistance and support for capacity building may take the form of technical, financial, or any other mutually agreed form of assistance provided.

Members must categorize the TFA provisions (Categories A, B, and C) and notify other WTO members of their allocations within an established time frame, as defined below:

Category A
Provisions that the LDC member will implement within one year after the agreement’s entry into force (therefore by 22 February 2018)
Category B
Provisions that the LDC member will implement after a transitional period following the entry into force of the agreement
Category C
Provisions that the LDC member will implement after a transitional period following the entry into force of the agreement and requiring the acquisition of assistance and support for capacity building

For categories B and C, members may notify the Committee on Trade Facilitation of their designation of provisions and corresponding indicative dates for implementation.

For more information on notification and implementation of TFA provisions, see Section II of the Trade Facilitation Agreement.


Resources:

Trade Facilitation Agreement
How to present notifications?
TFAF Assistance