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Digital and sustainable trade facilitation in Latin America and the Caribbean: Regional Report 2019

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UN symbol.: LC/TS.2019/77 51 p. Editorial: ECLAC November 2019


The Latin American and Caribbean region faces considerable challenges in terms of reducing the non-tariff costs and the time associated with foreign trade operations. The Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation 2019, a joint initiative of the five United Nations regional commissions, seeks to gauge how far countries have advanced with regard to the baseline provided by the previous versions of the Survey in 2015 and 2017. This report summarizes the results of the Global Survey 2019 for the 18 participating countries from Latin America and the Caribbean, which account for 93% of the region’s merchandise exports and imports in 2018. It thus provides an indication of their progress in implementing the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, which entered into force in February 2017.