led this work and the plan’s implementation. Once the menu was agreed, member economies could choose to implement actions and measures either individually or as a group, on a voluntary basis. Actions were taken from the priority areas of Customs Procedures, Standards and Conformance, Business Mobility and Electronic Commerce. At the completion of TFAP I, APEC economies had selected over 1,400 actions and measures in total, of which over 62 per cent had been completed. APEC Leaders welcomed the achievement of the 5 per cent reduction target at their meeting in Hanoi in 2006.
TRADE FACILITATION ACTION PLAN I – A Sample of Outcomes
Information increasingly made available on websites, including posting of online border services information.
Introduction of electronic/paperless systems in one form or another by all member economies, including the payment of duties, customs and trade related document processing.
Standards and Conformance
Increased alignment by member economies of national standards with international standards in areas including electrical and electronic appliances, food labelling, machinery and safety of information technology equipment.
At the conclusion of TFAP I, 17 economies participating in the APEC Business Travel Card Scheme (ABTC).
Individual economies reported extending visa exemptions to partners, as well as extending visa exemptions.
Implementation of a work programme to reduce trade transaction-related paper documentation, including documentation on customs clearance and financial settlement.
Development of an APEC E-Commerce Data Privacy Framework, to provide guidance and direction to businesses in APEC economies on privacy issues.