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