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Bangladesh Trade Facilitation

The Bangladesh Trade Facilitation Project (BTF) is working with the Government of Bangladesh to expand regional and international trade in agricultural goods by addressing systemic constraints to agricultural trade at Bangladeshi ports; simplifying and automating import and export processes; improving the capacity of government agencies, laboratories, and warehouses; and by fostering private and public investment, especially in cold storage. In doing so, BTF is supporting Bangladesh to meet obligations of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, Schedule C measures covering Test Procedures, Risk Management, Perishable Goods, and Formalities.

WTO TFA Article 5.3 Test Procedure

3.1 A Member may, upon request, grant an opportunity for a second test in case the first test result of a sample taken upon arrival of goods declared for importation shows an adverse finding. 3.2 A Member shall either publish, in a non-discriminatory and easily accessible manner, the name and address of any laboratory where the test can be carried out or…

WTO TFA Article 7.4: Risk Management

4.1 Each Member shall, to the extent possible, adopt or maintain a risk management system for customs control. 4.2 Each Member shall design and apply risk management in a manner as to avoid arbitrary or unjustifiable discrimination, or a disguised restriction on international trade. 4.3 Each Member shall concentrate customs control and , to the extent possible other ..

9.1 With a view to preventing avoidable loss or deterioration of perishable goods, and provided that all regulatory requirements have been met, each Member shall provide for the release of perishable goods: (a) under normal circumstances within the shortest possible time and (b) in exceptional circumstances where it would be appropriate to do so…

WTO TFA Article 10.1: Formalities and Documentation Requirements

1.1 With a view to minimizing the incidence and complexity of import, export, and transit formalities and to decreasing and simplifying import, export, and transit documentation requirements and taking into account the legitimate policy objectives and other factors such as changed circumstances, relevant new information, business practices