The TFA agreement aims to reduce the administrative burden on customs matters, facilitate trade between countries by simplifying customs procedures, speeding up the handling of goods, supporting cooperation between customs officers and making border crossings for goods faster and more efficient. The World Bank Logistics Performance Index (LPI) is based on a global survey of local operators (global and express road hauliers) and provides feedback on the logistical “friendliness” of the countries in which they operate and the countries with which they deal, supplemented by quantitative data on the performance of the main components of the supply chain in the country of work. The LPI offers a comparative ranking and an overall score based on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest). The effectiveness of customs and border services is one of the seven areas covered by the LPI. The person from the Geneva mission responsible for facilitating trade. OECD trade facilitation indicators cover all border procedures, ranging from preliminary decisions to transit guarantees for 133 countries across income levels, geographic regions and stages of development. Indicator-based estimates serve as the basis for governments to prioritize trade facilitation and to better target technical assistance and capacity-building efforts in developing countries. The Doing Business project proposes objective measures for business regulation and its application in 189 selected economies and cities at the sub-national and regional levels. Cross-border trade indicators cover the documents, time and costs required for the logistics process of exporting and importing containerized goods to the seaport, but they do not measure the cost of shipping or tariffs and do not cover aspects related to international trade agreements.

Non-tariff measures (NBBs) are of particular importance to exporters and importers in developing countries, as they are a major barrier to international trade and can prevent market access. Exporting companies seeking access to foreign markets and companies importing products must meet a range of requirements, including technical regulations, product standards and customs procedures. The International Trade Centre (ITC) conducts large-scale business investigations to identify rules that companies deem incriminating.