Module 4: Trade Facilitation and Supply Chain Security


Trade facilitation can increase the flow of trade exponentially. At the same time, supply chains must be secured against terrorism and organised crime. In order to balance the two, this module examines trade facilitation techniques, the effectiveness of security measures and the role of mutual recognition and efficient data exchange.


Trade Facilitation

  • Concept and methods of trade facilitation
  • Analysis of related concepts (e.g. paperless environment, risk management)
  • Collection of quality information and evaluating risk

Supply Chain Security

  • Definition of the supply chain, stakeholders and liability issues in the event of transportation security incidents 
  • Overview of unilateral security programmes
  • Information collection, evaluation and assessment of risk

Discussion topics

  • Examining the importance of quality data in assessing risk
  • The mutual benefit of supply chain security and trade facilitation 
  • How trusted traders can provide effective security (AEO)
  • The role of disruptive technologies in faciliation and security

Learning outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • assess the effectiveness of trade facilitation and security measures
  • reconcile trade facilitation and supply chain security in their trade strategies 
  • recognise the importance of IT and data quality in ensuring security
  • ensure their company recognises and exploits the benefits of AEO status