The SECO-WCO Global Trade Facilitation Programme (GTFP)

The Global Trade Facilitation Programme (GTFP) is the first joint initiative between the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of Switzerland (SECO) and the World Customs Organization (WCO). This is a 4-year comprehensive programme (2018-2022) which overall objective is to contribute to fostering and facilitating international trade of selected beneficiary countries, in particular Customs Administrations, through the implementation and application of international standards and best practices for the importation, exportation and transit of commercial goods. Additionally, the Programme supports the strengthening of the organizational and technical capacities of the beneficiaries.

Beneficiary countries[1]

Bolivia Colombia Peru
  Bolivia     Colombia     Peru  
Uzbekistan Serbia Ukraine
  Uzbekistan     Serbia     Ukraine  
Bangladesh[2] Guatemala[2]  
  Serbia     Serbia    

The implementation of sustainable and transparent improvements within the Customs Administrations will count on the participation of relevant stakeholders and take into account the specific needs of each country, following the WCO Capacity Building model:

1. Diagnostic

2. Strategic Planning and Implementation

3. Monitoring and Evaluation

The Global Trade Facilitation Programme has 3 specific outcomes

  • Organizational Development
    Strengthening capacity through leadership and management development (strategic planning, human resources and stakeholder engagement).
  • Trade Facilitation
    Improving of compliance capacity for Customs and relevant stakeholders, as well as implementing international standards and best practices.
  • Performance Measurement
    Supporting the development of a comprehensive performance measurement tool for Customs performance.

For more details, please contact capacity.building@wcoomd.org


[1] More countries can join the Programme at a later stage

[2] Light-Touch Intervention countries

Tools and Instruments relating to trade facilitation and capacity building