UNECE seminar
International seminar

Trade and Transport Facilitation

7 July 2022

On 7 July 2022 the 12th International Seminar on Trade and Transport Facilitation «TRADE FACILITATION AND DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF MULTIMODAL TRANSPORT AND TRADE IN A TIME OF CRISIS» will be held in Odesa (Ukraine) in online format. The seminar will build on the eleven years of persistent work for trade facilitation, notably in such areas as simplifying procedures, Single Window, port community systems, implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, and innovative projects on digital transport corridors, and data and document exchange in electronic format.
The current complicated situation requires even more innovative solutions, using international standards and best practice, which will be highlighted at the seminar. Trade must go on, so that society continues functioning. Moreover, the crisis has created serious risks for sustainable development in and around Ukraine, destruction of nature, valuable assets, living and working conditions for millions of people, as well as risks for food security, economic activities, and lifestyle of many more millions of people in places ranging from the Middle East and Indonesia to Western Europe. People in those countries rely on imports of grain, vegetable oils, raw materials, and many other products from Ukraine. Cross-border trade will need to function, even if along altered routes.
The representatives of relevant international organizations and other speakers will involve
  • Speakers will share information on the progress made the last years in the application of the new package of standards and reference data models of the UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT), which aim at the digital transformation of data and document exchanges in multimodal transport. They will talk about the current efforts to respond to the challenges of changing routes from sea to land, by digitalizing the collection and exchange of information for transportation of goods along new, land routes to the West of Ukraine.
  • We are working with such organizations as the European Commission Directorates-General for Taxation and Customs Union (DG TAXUD) and Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE), the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Organization for Cooperation of Railways (OSJD), the International Rail Transport Committee (CIT), the International Road Transport Union (IRU), the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), the European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistics and Customs Services (CLECAT), the Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia (TRACECA), the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development (GUAM) and others, and they will be invited to this seminar.
  • As in previous years, the seminar will lead to the formulation of conclusions and recommendations on the next steps in this initiative, in this challenging time.
This approach is in line with the recommendations of previous seminars, the UN Development account project, cooperation with the European Commission and other partners.
Relevant documents will be distributed.
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.

7 July 2022
10:00 – 10:30 GMT+3
09:00 – 09:30 CET
Opening of the XII International Seminar on Trade and Transport Facilitation
Mr. Taras Kachka, Deputy Minister of Economy, Trade Representative of Ukraine

Mr. Oleg Platonov, Head of the Delegation of Ukraine to UN/CEFACT, First Vice-President of the Ukrainian National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), President of the "UKRVNESHTRANS" Association

Mr. Ivan Petrov, President, International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA)

Mr. Mario Apostolov, Regional Adviser, Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, UNECE
10:30 – 12:00 GMT+3
09:30– 11:00 CET
Session I: New challenges for international trade, how can the UN standards help
Moderator: Mr. Oleksandr Fedorov, CEO of PPL 33-35, Chair of UNECE Working Party 30

The needs of business in the new situation
Mr. Oleg Platonov, Head of the Delegation of Ukraine to UN/CEFACT

Trade facilitation and electronic business in Ukraine
Mr. Oleksandr Zhemoyda, Director of Department for Multilateral and Bilateral Agreements, Ministry of Economy of Ukraine

How can standards help
Ms. Sue Probert, Chair, UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT)

Implementing the electronic multimodal FIATA Bill of Lading
Mr. Ivan Petrov, President, or Ms. Lucelia Tinembart, Digital Projects Officer, International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA)

Package of standards for the digitalization of multimodal data and document exchange
Mr. Mario Apostolov, Regional Adviser, Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, UNECE

Digitalization of data exchange along corridors passing through Azerbaijan
Mr. Igbal Babayev, Deputy Chairman of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan
12:00 – 12:15 GMT+3
11:00 – 11:15 CET
Coffee break
Session II: Progress in implementation and possible solutions
Moderator: Mr. Mario Apostolov, Regional Advisor, Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, UNECE

Possible pilot digital corridor between Ukraine and the EU (Romania and Poland)
Mr. Dmytro Iakymenkov, UNECE Consultant

Possible solutions for multimodal data exchange in emergency situations, what needs to be done
Mr. Rudy Hemeleers, 51Biz Luxembourg, partner in the FEDERATED consortium and the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum of the European Union

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

The European Union perspective: collection of information for regulatory controls
Mr. Zahouani Saadaoui, Head, Electronic Customs Sector, European Commission, Directorate General for Customs Union and Taxation (DG TAXUD)

Business Connections – Network of trusted partners
Anna Di Salvo, International Road Transport Union (IRU)

Port Community Systems in support of solutions
Mr. Richard Morton, Secretary General, International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA)

Electronic data exchange in rail transport
Ms. Zubaida Aspayeva, Member of the OSJD Committee, Chairperson of OSJD Commission on Freight
Mr. Gaidar Abdikerimov, Secretary General, Middle Corridor, Trans-Caspian International Transport Route

Electronic data exchange in air cargo
Mr. Cortney Robinson, Air Transportation Officer, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

15:00 – 15:30 Odessa
14:00 – 14:30CET
Concluding session / recommendations

Summary of the discussion and recommendations on the next steps
The Seminar is conducted under the aegis of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.
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