Internationally-recognized standards facilitate the exchange of electronic SPS certificates by harmonizing requirements and exchange frameworks, reducing the resources required for trading partners to have bilateral arrangements. SPS e-Cert is a UN/CEFACT standard for the secure electronic transmission of SPS certification data from the competent authority of the exporting country to the competent authority of the importing country.
Session at Aid for Trade Global Review 2017
The STDF organized a high-level session, entitled "Transitioning from paper-based to automated SPS systems", on 12 July during the Aid for Trade Global Review 2017.
More information about the session is available here.
STDF Briefing note - Facilitating safe trade: going paperless with SPS e-certification
A new STDF Briefing note on paperless SPS systems showcasses e-Cert in action in Kenya; the impact on inclusive trade supporting MSMEs; the work of Codex, OIE and IPPC in guiding the way on e-cert, including the ePhyto project funded by STDF.
Background Paper on Electronic SPS Certification in the Context of Paperless Trade
This background paper aims to provide SPS practitioners involved in trade transactions with basic information on the concepts of paperless trade, the role of electronic SPS certification, and how it relates to other trade procedures, noting that SPS certification is one process of many in the end-to-end supply chain process.
STDF Seminar on Electronic SPS Certification - June 2016
Building on previous work on the implementation of SPS measures to facilitate safe trade, the STDF organized a successful seminar on electronic SPS certification in Geneva on 28 June 2016, on the margins of the SPS Committee.
The programme of the Seminar, along with the presentations, podcasts and background information are available here.