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Standardization: Supporting the Future of Global Trade

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Author(s): Hanane Becha, PhD Computer Sciences, Innovation & Standards Senior Manager, UN/CEFACT Smart Container Project Leader

Since the early 1960s, industry-developed technology standards and their adoption by manufacturers have unleashed successive waves of innovation and productivity. Electrical interface, computer, and network standards transformed data usage. Telecom, wireless, and Internet standards have changed the way the world communicates.

Global trade and multimodal transportation (MMT) organizations are now turning to standards-based systems and processes to significantly improve efficiency, profitability, and customer satisfaction. The United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) has become a focal point for defining electronic standards that relate to global trade. Together, UN/CEFACT, global governmental agencies, MMT and supply chain (SC) partners, and technology providers are meeting today’s electronic trade issues head on.

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