Trade Facilitation is about cutting red-tape in international trade and removing friction between businesses and government agencies. It is also about making borders work better whilst safeguarding business competitiveness and societal expectations. There are many generic ideas about how to better facilitate trade, including those made binding by the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.
Trade Facilitation Consulting specialises in the subject by offering research, training and practical advice to both business and government clients. The company is solely owned by its Director, Dr Andrew Grainger, who has over 20 years of relevant experience.
Trade Facilitation demands a broad skillset. Often it is about understanding stakeholder requirements, defining the underlying problems, and the possibilities that trade facilitation type ideas can offer. Sometimes it is about substantiating those possibilities with further research or lending assistance through mentoring and training.
The implementation of trade facilitation is at once an economic, administrative, operational, legal, technological and political challenge. Research plays an important role in making sure that project stakeholders are able to make informed decisions. Dr Andrew Grainger is often relied upon to provide such studies – be it to support specific project objectives, develop business cases, or to simply help advance the field within an academic setting.
Knowledge is a prerequisite to making informed decisions. Trade facilitation demands robust expertise in a wide range of topics, including the legal, the operational, the political, and the technological. Dr Andrew Grainger is an experienced educator and has produced a wide range of teaching materials that have been tried and tested at some of the world’s leading universities. Much of his work also has a strong mentoring and knowledge transfer component.