Paperless Trading - Benefits to APEC, 2001

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Paperless Trading - Benefits to APEC, 2001

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December 2001

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CTI Sub-Fora & Industry Dialogues Groups, Digital Economy Steering Group(DESG)





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This report highlights the potential direct and indirect economic benefits of the removal of mandatory requirements for paper-based documents in international trade. This report also provides evidence of firms gaining access to new opportunities to participate in cross-border supply chains, agile production processes and innovation in new product design as a result of more efficient freight movements and trade administration arrangements throughout the region.

  • Paperless Trading Systems in the Asia Pacific Region
  • The APEC Paperless Trading Initiative
  • The Building Blocks of Paperless Trading: Domestic e-Commerce Legislation, Authentication and Security
  • Private Sector Initiatives
  • Progress Toward the Removal of Regulatory Requirements for Paper Documents in Cross-border Trade
  • The Cost of Paperwork in Cross-border Trade
  • Implications for Regional Trade
  • Impact on Competitiveness and Innovation
  • Towards a Vision of Seamless Paperless Trading in APEC
  • Technical Note
  • Glossary
  • References