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A Lingua Franca for Trade UN/CEFACT and ISO Jointly Developed Standards



Mark E. Palmer


The United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) has as its primary objective the delivery of simple, transparent processes for international trade, thereby making the activities between the buyer, the seller and the authorities more efficient and cost-effective with electronic information exchanges and automated transactions. To achieve this, it develops intergovernmental recommendations, standards and technical specifications, which have become popular time- and cost-saving tools for companies, customs and other actors in global business. Many of the UN/CEFACT standards use standards from technical committee ISO/TC 154, Processes, data elements and documents in commerce, industry and administration.
ISO Focus, July/August 2007


e-Business Standard, electronic information exchange, international trade


Palmer, M. (2007), A Lingua Franca for Trade UN/CEFACT and ISO Jointly Developed Standards, ISO Focus, July/August 2007 (Accessed June 15, 2024)


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Created July 2, 2007, Updated February 19, 2017