Information Management in Agrifood Chains

Towards an Integrated Paperless Framework for Agrifood Trade Facilitation

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International trade in agricultural and food products is more complex than trade in manufacturing – trade regulations are stricter, paperwork and logistics more complex. These are required for ensuring food safety for consumers. Detailed information on traded goods alongside the movement of goods in a supply chain is critically important for food safety. This publication outlines a framework for integrated agrifood information management, taking into account the functional needs of various stakeholders along the supply chain. The benefits as well as challenges involved in developing a comprehensive system are discussed. Practical recommendations for, and milestones in the enhancement of agrifood information systems for trade facilitation are provided, including a recommendation to develop a Single Window for Agrifood Trade.



Introducing information management in agrifood chains

Single window facilities are a central tool in the facilitation of international trade, as evidenced by the inclusion of a provision for their implementation in the final text of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). The United Nations Network of Experts for Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific (UNNExT) (unnext.unescap.org) provides a comprehensive Single Window Implementation Toolkit for trade facilitation, based on the UN/CEFACT step-by-step process. The present publication complements these more horizontal, i.e., sector-independent, guides by applying some of the principles to the agrifood sector, taking into account the specific requirements and characteristics of that sector.


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