Trade Facilitation Agreement: Mozambique Ratifies

Mozambique has ratified the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), making it the 105th WTO member to do so. Only five more ratifications from members are needed to bring the TFA into force.

Mozambique’s instrument of acceptance was submitted to the WTO on 6 January. It is the 13th least developed country (LDC) to do so.

The TFA will enter into force once two-thirds of the WTO membership has formally accepted the Agreement.

Concluded at the WTO’s 2013 Bali Ministerial Conference, the TFA contains provisions for expediting the movement, release and clearance of goods, including goods in transit.

It also sets out measures for effective cooperation between customs and other appropriate authorities on trade facilitation and customs compliance issues.

It further contains provisions for technical assistance and capacity building in this area.