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This is one of our flagship offerings. The masterclass is particularly well suited for those who need to quickly gain an advanced understanding of what trade facilitation is about, and then apply that knowledge in a practical context. We are delighted to present our Trade Facilitation Masterclass, tailored specifically for practitioners and policy makers in the field. This comprehensive program aims to equip participants with advanced knowledge, strategies, and practical tools to enhance trade facilitation efforts and promote economic growth.

The Trade Facilitation Masterclass covers a wide range of topics relevant to practitioners and policy makers, including international trade agreements, customs modernization, digitalization of trade processes, risk management, public-private partnerships, and stakeholder coordination. Through a combination of interactive lectures, case studies, and group discussions, participants will gain insights into global best practices and innovative approaches to trade facilitation.

Our esteemed faculty consists of seasoned experts and industry leaders who possess extensive experience in trade facilitation and policy development. They will provide valuable guidance, share real-world examples, and facilitate engaging discussions, ensuring participants gain practical knowledge applicable to their specific contexts.

The Masterclass also serves as a platform for networking and knowledge-sharing among participants. By fostering connections with peers and experts from various backgrounds, attendees can expand their professional networks and exchange ideas, ultimately strengthening their trade facilitation capabilities.

To accommodate diverse preferences and schedules, we offer flexible training formats for the Masterclass. Participants can choose between in-person sessions, virtual learning, or a blended approach, depending on their availability and preferences.

By attending our Trade Facilitation Masterclass, practitioners and policy makers will acquire the expertise and strategies needed to effectively navigate the complex landscape of trade facilitation. They will be equipped with the tools to develop and implement policies that promote seamless cross-border trade, optimize supply chain management, and drive economic development.

For further information on upcoming Masterclass dates, registration details, and the comprehensive curriculum, please reach out to us. We look forward to welcoming you to this transformative learning experience, empowering you to make a significant impact in trade facilitation and policy-making.


  • members of National Trade Faciliation Committees from the public or private sector
  • officials with responsibilities for effective border management (Customs and Non-Customs)
  • trade, logistics and supply chain management professionals who wish to encourage reforms that reduce the impact of trade and customs procedures on their business operations
  • operators of trade enabling infrastructure and service (eg. ports, IT systems, banks)
  • managers tasked with projects that have a strong trade facilitation component
  • lawyers and public affairs specialists
  • trade economist and researchers


Here we provide a broad overview about what trade facilitation is, what trade facilitation seeks to achieve, and why trade facilitation matters. The subject is discussed from the top-down by reference to contemporary trade and customs policy, and from the bottom-up by reference to contemporary cross-border logistics operations, supply chain arrangements, and border control requirements. Key principles, concepts, and ideas are explained.

Underlying objectives that will be elaborated on are:

  • to make international trade and cross-border processes more efficient, less costly and easier
  • harness data-sharing technologies and equipment to best effect
  • to improve coordination and cooperations between the various parties involved in cross-border logistics operations (public and private sector)
  • to explore opportunities, learn from best practices, hold parties accountable to their respective commitments, and innovate

There are many approaches to trade facilitation. Here we take a closer look at: the economic and operational case for trade facilitation; getting to grips with making that case by drawing on standard assessment approaches from the bottom-up; and how to best draw inspiration from best practices and innovations from the top-down. Attention is drawn to the work of National Trade Facilitation Committees and similar public-private sector organisations. This session also covers funding requirements, pathways towards improving trade facilitation, and the need to make best use of limited financial resources.

Trade facilitation is a very practical subject and while concepts and ideas may appear straight forward, their adoption and implementation can be riddled with challenges. In this session we take a closer look at the obstacles to trade facilitation and how they may be overcome. We also explore how reform power can be harnessed to good effect, take a look at common project implementation approaches, and consider the need for the public and private sector to effectively engage and coordinate. Assessment and evaluation approaches are discussed to ensure that scarce resources are put to good use, hold relevant parties accountable, and to make sure that future projects benefit from any lessons learnt.


The course is designed to encourage the setting of personal action points and organizational goals. We hope that these will serve you well in your ongoing endeavors and becoming an effective trade facilitator.

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