The Border processes for perishable agro-food products involve multiple agencies and raise complex compliance and enforcement issues. At the same time, the speed of border processes is of particular importance for exporters as delays at the border can have great negative impacts on the quality of perishable agro-food products and hence their value. This calls for a more detailed and nuanced look at the impact of trade facilitation reforms on agro-food trade. This report examines how a sub-set of OECD Trade Facilitation Indicators (TFIs) could be used to provide a more complete picture of the current performance of border processes for perishable agro-food goods. It highlights specific TFIs of relevance to agro-food, including: documentation requirements or border controls related to sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to trade, and automation and streamlining of border formalities, and explores differentiated impacts across agro-food product groups. Practical approaches are identified to enrich the scope of the existing OECD TFIs with a view to deepening the information base on the performance of trade facilitation policies for perishable agro-food goods.
TFO Canada is pleased to announce that we will be featuring export offers from our beneficiary countries along with information on partner Trade Support Institutions (TSIs) to support you in your search for new international markets. This month our featured export offer is from Zambia in partnership with the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA).
Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) is Zambia’s premier economic development Agency with a multifaceted mandate of promoting and facilitating trade, investment, and enterprise development in the country. The Agency is also responsible for the growth of the Medium Small and Micro Enterprise (MSME) Sector. The Agency’s core functions are the following:
The Export Development pillar of the Agency is responsible for the economic development of Zambia by promoting international competitiveness and exports of Non-Traditional Export Products. ZDA’s website includes key information on sector briefs.
TFO Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jacques Nadeau as the new TFO Canada Regional Trade Representative in Montreal. Mr. Nadeau (Master in International Management Sciences) is President of Consultation Nadeau International Inc. (CNI), a private-owned Company, founded in 1985, based in Quebec, Canada. He dedicated his whole career to international development, working closely with the private sector, social enterprises, and public organizations in several developing and emerging countries. Mr. Nadeau has and is still acting both as an international management consultant and trader focusing his work mainly on furniture, lighting, fashion, and home décor sectors. He also operated a trading house in food processing. Mr. Nadeau works closely with TFO Canada since 2012.