UNECE seminar
International seminar

Trade and Transport Facilitation

22 December 2022

will be held in Odesa (Ukraine) in online format.

This webinar inscribes in the tradition since 2010 of UNECE's Odessa seminars on trade facilitation, Single Window, and data sharing along digital trade corridors. Yet this webinar goes further to respond to the expressed need of the regulatory agencies and business community in Ukraine to deepen the process of European integration, associating themselves with the parallel advancement of the EU Regulations on Single Window and Electronic Freight Transport Information (eFTI) and the UN/CEFACT Single Window Recommendations, semantic standards and Multimodal Transport Reference Data Model (MMT RDM).
Concept of the webinar
  • The objective of the seminar is to bring to the relevant stakeholders in Ukraine better knowledge of the substance of the eFTI initiative, and how the UN/CEFACT global standards and reference data models can help achieve its objectives.

    The eFTI Regulation was adopted in August 2020, with the perspective of implementing it fully by all EU member States in five years. It has the objective of making all information exchange on transport of commercial cargo inside the European Union multimodal and electronic. It offers a foundation for the transition from exchange of documents accompanying goods in international trade and transport to the exchange of data and data sets.
  • As this Regulation covers the internal information exchange in the European Union, the work on its implementation is not well known in third countries, including countries aspiring accession to the EU.
    For this reason, Ukraine requested from UNECE to use the means available to it to organize this webinar to raise awareness among the regulatory agencies and the business community in the country about the development of the eFTI initiative, and how relevant UN/CEFACT tools can be used for its implementation.

    The latter topic is discussed at the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum, to which various stakeholders from the public and private sectors have been invited, to advance practical ideas for the implementation of the eFTI Regulation.
  • UNECE is currently supporting a project for pilot testing of a data pipeline for the exports of grain from Ukraine, using UN/CEFCT standards.
    The initial results of this practical project will also be presented.
  • In the process of preparation of the webinar, stakeholders in Ukraine and the other Eastern Partnership countries expressed interest in including relevant policymakers and experts from the other Eastern Partnership countries in this initial training exercise. As a result of this webinar, if there is will among the partners, notably in Ukraine, the other Eastern Partnership countries, and the European Commission, we would be interested in developing a project that would help Ukraine and the other countries better understand and implement the basic tenets of what will have been discussed at the webinar.
The Seminar is conducted under the aegis of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the Government of Ukraine.
We provide simultaneous translation services into the UN official languages:
English, Ukrainian and Russian.

Participation is free, video record of seminar won't be available for participants.

22 December 2022
10:00 – 10:20 Ukraine
09:00 – 09:20 CET
Opening of the Webinar
Mr. Oleksandr Zhemoyda
Director of Department for Multilateral and Bilateral Trade Agreements, Ministry of Economy of Ukraine, Chairperson of the National Trade Facilitation Committee (t.b.c.)

Mr. Oleh Nikolaichuk
Deputy Chairman of the State Customs Service of Ukraine

Ms. Elisabeth Türk
Director, Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, UNECE
10:20 – 12:00 Ukraine
09:20 – 11:00 CET
Session I: New challenges for international trade, how can the UN standards help
Moderator: Mr. Mario Apostolov, Regional Advisor, Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, UNECE

Keynote presentation: the European Union's electronic Freight Transport Information (eFTI) Regulation
Ms. Lia Potec, Policy Officer, European Commission, Directorate General for Transport (DG MOVE)

UN/CEFACT semantic standards and reference data models
Ms. Sue Probert, Chair, UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT)

EU's Digital Transport and Logistics Forum (DTLF) and global (UN) standards
Mr. Rudy Hemeleers, 51Biz Luxembourg, partner in the FEDERATED consortium and the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum of the European Union

Implementation of the eFTI Regulation – a link between global (UN) and European standards. Data mapping of documents accompanying goods and dangerous goods declarations in multimodal data exchanges
Mr. Michael Dill, UN/CEFACT expert

EU Single Window Environment for Customs: state of play and interconnection with eFTI environment
Mr. Zahouani Saadaoui, Head, Electronic Customs Sector, European Commission, Directorate General for Customs Union and Taxation (DG TAXUD)

Pilot project on building a data pipeline for exports of grain via the corridor Ukraine - Türkiye
Mr. Dmytro Iakymenkov, UNECE Consultant
12:00 – 12:15 Ukraine
11:00 – 11:15 CET
Coffee break
12:15 – 13:00 Ukraine
11:15 – 12:00 CET
Session II: Comments from the floor:
Ukrainian regulatory agencies and business community;
representatives of the Eastern Partnership countries
Moderator: Mr. Oleksandr Fedorov, CEO, PPL 33-35 LLC, Chair of UNECE Working Party 30

13:00 – 13:30 Ukraine
12:00 – 12:30 CET
Concluding session / recommendations

Summary of the discussion and recommendations on the next steps
For more information, please contact:
Agenda issues
Mr. Mario Apostolov,
Regional Adviser, UNECE Economic Cooperation and Trade Division

+41 22 917 11 34
Organizational issues
Ms. Inessa Platonova
Vice President, FIATA

+38 050 333 56 60
Participation issues
Mr. Mykhailo Samofatov
Head of support team

+38 050 333 56 60