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UNECE/ICC DSI urge adoption of global standards for trade digitalisation

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Digital Standards Initiative (DSI) have issued a joint call to action to the industry to accelerate the adoption of globally interoperable standards essential for achieving digital trade worldwide..

The Call to Action was launched during the 42nd Forum of the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) in Geneva on the 9th of July 2024..

This event underscored the critical role that standardized digital trade processes play in enhancing global trade efficiency, reducing costs, and building digital trust on a large scale..

Key Frameworks for Digital Trade

The joint initiative builds on the development of

  1. ICC DSI’s digital framework for Key Trade Documents and Data Elements, developed to create a “single source of truth” for data, ensuring alignment, security, and efficiency as data moves across the supply chain.
  2. UN/CEFACT Buy-Ship-Pay Reference Data Model, a comprehensive semantic data model that covers the entire international supply chain from trade, transport, and regulatory perspectives.

Together, these frameworks support the digitalization of end-to-end supply chains through standardized semantics, creating a more efficient, cost-effective, and interoperable global trade ecosystem.

Driving Collaboration and Commitment

Speaking at the launch, Pamela Mar, Managing Director of ICC Digital Standards Initiative said “The KTDDE framework has demonstrated significant results from collaborative efforts between standards organizations, intergovernmental bodies, and industry leaders.“..

This joint call to action is the next critical step. It is essential for both the public and private sectors to commit to these standards to drive the digitalization of supply chains forward,” she added..

Tom Shinya, IUMI Executive Committee Member and Member of the DSI Industry Advisory Board noted that businesses could start reaping the benefits by working with the KTDDE toolset. He also stressed the need for continuous education and alignment to support the widespread adoption of digital standards across all sectors and economies.

Call to Action and Future Projects

The call to action urges all stakeholders in digital trade to work together to align and drive interoperability at the data level, ensuring seamless data flow using core data elements as connectors..

The call to action urges all stakeholders in digital trade to work together to align and drive interoperability at the data level to ensure seamless data flow using core data elements as connectors.. Stakeholders are invited to submit their commitments and report them to the UN/CEFACT Plenary starting in 2025 and bi-annually thereafter..

The commitments should focus on implementing some of the following measures:

  • Creating policies conducive to digital trade and uniform regulations;
  • Aligning legal systems;
  • Adopting globally interoperable standards for national border processes;
  • Aligning data definitions and cross-referencing common standards for global interoperability, among others.

Dmitry Mariyasin, Deputy Executive Secretary of UNECE, emphasized the importance of standardized digital trade processes in enhancing global trade efficiency, reducing costs, and ensuring seamless integration into global supply chains.. This is especially crucial for transition economies with limited integration into global trade processes..

Maria Teresa Pisani, Acting Chief of the Trade Facilitation Section at UNECE, announced upcoming projects that will build upon the KTDDE framework..

These include updating the United Nations Trade Data Elements Directory (UNTDED) in collaboration with ISO and enhancing the Buy-Ship-Pay Data Exchange Structures for Trade Finance Facilitation.. These projects aim to further integrate digital trade processes and improve standards for the industry..

UNECE’s Ongoing Efforts

Over the years, UNECE, through various inter-governmental bodies and especially the work of UN/CEFACT, has played a leading role in supporting the digitalization of global trade processes..

To date, UN/CEFACT has developed approximately 950 e-business standards and guidelines, along with around 50 global trade facilitation recommendations providing standardized data models and frameworks to support efficient trade information exchange through tools like the Single Window Interoperability Framework and eCERT for electronic certification..

By adopting these globally interoperable standards, the joint initiative by UNECE and ICC DSI aims to create a seamless, efficient, and secure digital trade environment that benefits all stakeholders in the global supply chain..


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