Consequent to India’s ratification of the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA) in April 2016, the National Committee on Trade Facilitation (NCTF) has been constituted.
- The establishment of the Committee is part of the mandatory, institutional arrangement of the TFA.
- NCTF is an inter-ministerial body on trade facilitation, which will be chaired by the Cabinet Secretary.
- Its Secretariat will be housed within the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), in the Directorate General of Export Promotion, New Delhi.
- Objective behind setting up the NCTF is to facilitate domestic co-ordination and implementation of TFA provisions.