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The Union Government released 76-point National Trade Facilitation Action Plan (NTFAP) to be adopted by the National Committee on Trade Facilitation (NCTF) , reflecting commitment to implement the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) .

National Trade Facilitation Action Plan

Aims of National Trade Facilitation Action Plan

Transform cross border clearance ecosystem through efficient, transparent, risk based, coordinated, digital, seamless and technology driven procedures supported by state-of-the-art seaports, airports, and land borders.

Objectives of Aims National Trade Facilitation Action Plan

Achieve improvement in ease of doing business by:

  • Reducing cargo release time and cost
  • Transparent, and predictable legal regime
  • Move towards paperless regulatory environment
  • Improve investment climate through better infrastructure.

Activities in National Trade Facilitation Action Plan

  • Specific activities are to be carried out by all regulatory agencies like customs, drug controllers, plant quarantine, FSSAI, and DGFT in time bound manner.
  • Covers activities under TFA but goes beyond TFA, defined as TFA Plus category
  • Covers activities in infrastructure augmentation, particularly the road and rail infrastructures leading to ports, airports, and land customs stations.
  • Actions under the plan prioritized into short term, mid-term and long-term.

Monitoring of National Trade Facilitation Action Plan

Plan will be monitored by the Steering Committee (operational arm of NCTF) chaired by the Revenue Secretary and the Commerce Secretary and reviewed by the Cabinet Secretary.


In August 2016, Union Government constituted NCTF headed by the Cabinet Secretary in accordance with Article 23.2 of the WTO-TFA with stakeholders from the Government and the private sectors. It was headed by Cabinet Secretary.

- Published/Last Modified on: August 24, 2017


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