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Working Group Chair: Natascha Pottier
Working Group Vice Chair1: Chris Hassler
Working Group Vice Chair2: Michael Dill
Working Group Web Coordinator: Alain Dechamps
TBG Participants



The purpose of the UN/CEFACT Forum International Trade & Business Processes Group 1 (TBG1) is to:
  • develop and maintain Business Process Models, the Business Transaction Models, the semantics and the contents in a syntax neutral way that they fulfil the requirements of the Trade and Industry communities within the framework of the UN/CEFACT Forum Supply Chain and e-Procurement. The supply chain and e-procurement covers the Purchasing, Material Management and Product development areas
  • approve based on the syntax neutral business transactions the corresponding UN/CEFACT syntax solutions provided by the UN/CEFACT Forum Applied Technologies Group (ATG)
  • encourage the active participation in TBG1 of interested user communities in Industry, Trade and Procurement, in accordance with TBG1 membership criteria
  • maintain close relations with other UN/CEFACT Forum groups and other TBG Working Groups as appropriate
  • Promote and support the work of UN/CEFACT Forum

Contacts & Members

Working Group Chair: Vacant
Working Group Vice Chair: Martin Forsberg (Acting Chair)
Working Group Vice Chair: Yong Jae Kim
Working Group Vice Chair: Edmund Gray
Working Group Secretary: Gilles Brandel
Working Group Secretary: Alaa Badi
TBG 1 Participants


Project Status

Project Number Project Name Project Chair Project Initiator Supporters Extra Budgetary Resources Start Date End Date ODP 1 ODP 2 ODP 3 ODP 4 ODP 5 ODP 6 ODP 7 ODP 8 Aim of
P016 Cross Industry Catalogue Karina Duvinger   v1 09B v2 10A      
P042 Material Safety Data Sheet Delta Pelgrim   v1 08B 15.02.2003    
P043 Cross Industry Invoice V2.0 + V2.1 Edmund Gray   v2.0 9A finalized v2.1 09B 10A      
P047 Cross Industry Remittance Advice Mounir El-Khoury   v1 10A      
P052 Cross Industry Ordering Karina Duvinger   v1 09B 10A      
P067 Cross Industry Scheduling Samy Scemama   v1 10A      
P068 Cross Industry Delivery Edmund Gray   v1 09B 10A      
P070 Market Research Information Helge G. Simonsen   v1 09B 10A 01.10.2006    
P084 Cross Industry Quotation Gilles Brandel   v1 10A 15.01.2010    
P087 Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) Delta Pelgrim     01.11.2009    
P088 Supply Chain Process - Common Requirements Edmund Gray   10A      
P104 Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Delta Pelgrim          


Name Type Location Start-Date End-Date Comments Additional Documents
bi-weekly calls Conference Call 01.01.2009 31.12.2009 all agendas and minutes can be found here
Forum Sapporo Physical Meeting Sapporo 28.09.2009 03.10.2009 Sapporo Agenda TBG01 Supply Cain Draft v2.doc
TBG1 Sapporo - Minutes.doc
November 17-19 Physical Meeting Brussels 17.11.2009 19.11.2009 TBG1-2009 Meeting Notes November 17-18-19.doc
TBG1-2009 Meeting agenda November 17-18-19 v2.doc
Forum Rome Physical Meeting Rome

Actions and Decisions

Action Items

Number Action Item Category Start Date Due Date Responsible Person Comment Status
1 Approve minutes Rome Review Marieme Seydi 20aug2009 team approved draft minutes, status can be set to approved and minutes can be published on the TBG1 main website
2 Create new Terms of Reference for TBG1. Please review. Will be discussed after Sapporo. Proposal Coen Janssen first draft created
3 CCTS 3 implementation verification based on CII v2 Contribute Coen Janssen Spreadsheet produced and sent to CCTS 3.0 project lead. Implementation verification marked as succesful. Some comments made on template and metamodel. Awaiting feedback from CCTS 3 project team.


Number Date Decision Name Description Impact Comment
03.09.2009 scope 10A submission TBG1 we expect to include: Scheduling v1, Remittance, Catalogue v2, Quotation v1 Specification

Bi-weekly Call Notes

Date  Notes


  Name Size Creator (Last Modifier) Creation Date Last Mod Date Comment  
Microsoft Excel CCTS_3_0_Implementation_Verification_Component_Template_CII_trial_16jul2009.xls 2.78 Mb Coen Janssen Aug 27, 2009 Aug 27, 2009  
Microsoft Word TBG1 Terms of Reference v0.1 DRAFT.doc 84 kb Coen Janssen (modified by Coen Janssen) Aug 20, 2009 Aug 20, 2009  
ZIP Archive TBG1 RSM 10A Order 4.32 Mb Edmund Gray Oct 30, 2010 Oct 30, 2010 updated following TBG17 audit
ZIP Archive TBG1 RSM Quotation and Common 4.02 Mb Edmund Gray Oct 30, 2010 Oct 30, 2010  
ZIP Archive TBG1 RSM 10A CIR CIS 4.63 Mb Edmund Gray Oct 30, 2010 Oct 30, 2010 updated following TBG17 audit
ZIP Archive TBG1 RSM 10 A Delivery Invoice 4.61 Mb Edmund Gray Oct 30, 2010 Oct 30, 2010 updated following TBG17 audit



TBG3 has the primary mission to identify EDIFACT standard message requirements for the transfer of transport data and to develop and maintain United Nations Standard Messages (UNSM"s) for transport and logistics purposes. TBG3 develops the transport Business Models, the transport Core Components and Business Information Entities, in accordance with the UML and UMM methodology, such as to develop standard XML documents for the transport and logistics sector. TBG3 also deals with the relevant Codes lists including UN Recommendations.

TBG3 through its sub-Group ITIGG (International Transport Implementation Guidelines Group) has developed recommendations for harmonization of implementation guidelines for EDIFACT Transport messages and encourages all organizations to endorse the ITIGG rules.

TBG3 ensures that, as far as possible, the needs of all modes of transport are taken into account and that message development and subsequent coordination is achieved by a process of consensus.

Contacts & Members

Working Group Chair: Dominique Vankemmel
Working Group Vice Chair: Simon Spoormaker
Working Group Vice Chair: Yoshio Kito
Working Group Secretary: Henk van Maaren
TBG3 Participants

Projects Status

Project Title Project Name Project Chair Project Initiator Supporters Extra Budgetary Resources Start Date End Date ODP 1 ODP 2 ODP 3 ODP 4 ODP 5 ODP 6 ODP 7 ODP 8 Aim of
P012 Transport BP Modeling Henk van Maaren          
P013 Transport Core Components Henk van Maaren          
P096 Dangerous Goods Declaration Henk van Maaren          
P097 Transport Instructions Henk van Maaren          
P098 Transport Status Reporting Henk van Maaren          
P099 Transport Waybill Henk van Maaren          
P108 Cargo Tracing and Tracking K. R. Ahn          



The purpose of TBG4 is to collaborate with the World Customs Organisation (WCO) covering Business to Government (B2G), Government to Government (G2G) and Business to Business (B2B) requirements in cross border transactions.

Contacts & Members

Working Group Chair: Mats Wicktor
Working Group Vice Chair: Satya Prasad SAHU
Working Group Secretary: Vacant
TBG4 Participants

Projects Status

Project Title Project Name Project Chair Project Initiator Supporters Extra Budgetary Resources Start Date End Date ODP 1 ODP 2 ODP 3 ODP 4 ODP 5 ODP 6 ODP 7 ODP 8 Aim of
Currently TBG4 has no projects underway



The purpose of TBG5 is to deliver solutions and standards that lead to the simplification of international trade. With finance forming an integral and vital part of many trade transactions the group is widely consulted by the other industry vertical domains under the UN/CEFACT umbrella who are pursuing similar goals.

TBG5 is becoming more Corporate orientated and broadening out its membership to attract other industry vertical groupings, making TBG5 the focal forum allowing banks, corporates and others to collaborate on standards issues. It is hoped that this will create economies of scale and mitigate the need for so many ad-hoc groupings which so often can dilute resources and slow progress. The key points differentiating TBG5 are:

is exceptional in the standards space in that few other internationally recognised groups bring together such a wide cross section of multi-national corporates and banks.

  • The Corporate UN/EDIFACT messages are a valued source of documentation which encapsulates business process and market practice maintaining these and facilitating the migration to newer standards is vital.
  • The role unifying the technological and the methodological standards used in the finance domain to interoperate and align with international trade domain standards, notably ISO15000 (ebXML).
  • Scope to address security issues relevant to the finance industry from a business domain perspective and collaborate with the work of TC68 Sub Committee two, ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee one and other groups such as the Object Management Group Finance domain task force.

Contacts & Members

Working Group Chair: Stig Korsgaard
Working Group Vice Chair: Mark Sutton
Working Group Vice Chair: Pierfranco Cei
Working Group Secretary: James Whittle
TBG5 Participants

Projects Status

Project Title Project Name Project Chair Project Initiator Supporters Extra Budgetary Resources Start Date End Date ODP 1 ODP 2 ODP 3 ODP 4 ODP 5 ODP 6 ODP 7 ODP 8 Aim of
Currently TBG5 has no projects underway



TBG6 is responsible for the coordination and proposal of new developments and maintenance in the area of Architecture, Engineering and Construction.

It also hosts cross-TBG Projects such as the eTendering Project and Security Project.

Contacts & Members

Working Group Chair: Bernard Longhi
Working Group Vice Chair: Jun-Ichi Yamashita
Working Group Vice Chair: Chris Hassler
Working Group Secretary: Vacant
TBG6 Participants

Projects Status

Project Title Project Name Project Chair Project Initiator Supporters Extra Budgetary Resources Start Date End Date ODP 1 ODP 2 ODP 3 ODP 4 ODP 5 ODP 6 ODP 7 ODP 8 Aim of
P015 e-Tendering ebXML Standards Project Michel Entat JACIC   10.09.2002 01.04.2008  
P055 Project Schedule and Cost Performance Management Chris Hassler DCMA   27.09.2005 01.04.2008  
P056 Contract Financial Execution Management Michel Entat EDIBUILD EUROPE CCTS NDR V3 ONLY 28.09.2005    
P071 Security for XML documents and Messages Sujeet Bhatt      15.10.2006    

Meeting Minutes and Resolutions

Name Type Location Start-Date End-Date Minutes/Resolutions
17th UN/CEFACT Forum Physical Meeting Geneva 30.08.2010 03.09.2010 2010903 Geneva Cefact TBG6_Resolutions.pdf
Interim Meeting Physical Meeting London 09.06.2010 11.06.2010 201006_London_Cefact_TBG1_TBG6_Resolutions.pdf



The goal is to set up a common, harmonized insurance data dictionary, which will be used as input for the TBG17 harmonization process. The insurance industry will use this as a reference dictionary for developing data models, object class models or message structures and to facilitate interoperability within the global Insurance sector.

Contacts & Members

Working Group Chair: Andreas Schultz
Working Group Vice-Chair: Jürgen Heck
Working Group Secretary: Jan Vrijenhoek
TBG8 Participants

Projects Status

Project Title Project Name Project Chair Project Initiator Supporters Extra Budgetary Resources Start Date End Date ODP 1 ODP 2 ODP 3 ODP 4 ODP 5 ODP 6 ODP 7 ODP 8 Aim of 2012
P006 Insurance Data Dictionary & Core Components Jan Vrijenhoek TBG8   01.01.2001    



There are 3 Small scaled Lodging House Information Process Projects. The 1st Project is General Information Process project which is just Information Process Project named p045. The 2nd Project is Travel Product Information Process Project named p095. The 3rd Project is Reserrvation Information Process Project named p106. The small scaled lodging house is such lodging house or hotel, which is used mainly for leisure rather than business, has diversified travel products, has been used by local people and has a historical presence in the area. All of the development phase has completed by the end of 2012, and now we are in the maintenance phase with new code development. 

We are going to contemplate the project of Destination Travel Information Process for the near future activity.



Contacts & Members

Working Group Chair: Vacant
Working Group Vice Chair: Edgar Glück
Working Group Secretary: Vacant
TBG10 Participants

Projects Status

Project Title Project Name Project Chair Project Initiator Supporters Extra Budgetary Resources Start Date End Date ODP 1 ODP 2 ODP 3 ODP 4 ODP 5 ODP 6 ODP 7 ODP 8 Aim of
Currently no projects underway




Definition of specific technical issue(s) to be addressed

The TBG12 group is the working group of UN/CEFACT Forum providing the focal point within International Trade and Business Processes Group (TBG) being responsible for using the UN/CEFACT Modelling Methodology regarding the provision of accounting, auditing, registration, and financial information services.
 -       Accounting and Auditing include accounting entries recording, processing and control of accounting documents with respect to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP); the exchanges are between the accountants and certified accountants, the auditors, the enterprises, the economic partners of the enterprises, the private and public collection bodies, etc.;
-       Registration includes information related to taxation, new business filings, business amendments and other information filings required by governmental agencies; the exchanges are between the enterprises and the registration authorities;
-       Financial Information Services include administrative, credit and risk reporting, financial statements, filings and similar exchanges that are applied across business and administrative sectors; the exchanges are between the supplier and user of information which include the use of information for decision purposes and collection.
 TBG12 is responsible for the development and maintenance of messages such as:
 -       Accounting and Audit: trial balance (BALANC, balanX), chart of accounts (CHACCO, chartX), accounting entries (ENTREC, entrX), enterprise information (INFENT, inXent), ledger (LEDGER, xLedger);
-       Financial Information Services: enterprise information (INFENT, inXent).
 The messages are developed in the context of trade facilitation according to the principles established by CEFACT as stated in R.650. Therefore, they shall take into account principles of best business practice from within the TBG12 and advice from other relevant working groups in TBG.

Detailed description of the proposed deliverables

 The key deliverables of TBG12 are:
 -         The production, maintenance and co-ordination of standard messages in the fields of accounting, auditing, registration, and financial information services;
-         Providing review comments on horizontal issues such as the Message Design Guidelines;
-         Preparation of principles and rules for implementation of standard messages;

Contacts & Members

Working Group Chair: Michel Lesourd
Working Group Vice Chair: Benoît Marchal
Working Group Vice Chair: Robert Lemense
Working Group Secretary: Vacant
TBG12 Participants


The TBG12 is a group of experts in the areas of UN/CEFACT, business processes and associated tools, and accounting, auditing, or registration, or financial information services. Each CEFACT Head of delegation may designate one or more experts to the TBG12. In doing so, they may delegate this task to one or more organisations, which may be national, regional or international. Experts (members as registered with the UN/CEFACT secretariat) are expected to contribute to the work based on their knowledge and experience.
Eligibility for membership is obtained by attending at least 50% of four previous meetings.
Observers (guests) are welcome to attend TBG12 meetings, and are encouraged to participate. Participation to TBG12 meetings is open to those individuals being interested in achieving the objectives.
Voting process and decision making shall be accomplished in accordance with prevailing CEFACT practices.

The administrative structure of the Group

The TBG12 Administrative Team (TAT) membership will consist of the TBG12 Chair and as a minimum oneVice Chair representing ideally each activity's area, the elected TBG12 Sub Working Group chair, the immediate past TBG12 Chair, and full members of the TBG12.
To ensure the effective operation of the TBG12 process, the TAT shall:
- Produce proposals, recommendations, guidelines and messages to meet user requirements;
- Convene formal and informal meetings for the purpose of facilitating the progression of work, following the rules and guidelines established by TBG for the conduct of these meetings; minutes shall be recorded with respect to an agreed codification by the TAT; minutes will be distributed for all meetings;
- Utilise electronic communication facilities as the principal mean for the exchange of data and information among the membership of the TBG12.
The role of the TAT is:
- To serve as the primary strategic direction setting body of the TBG12. Act as initial arbitrator in situations where individuals, groups, organisations or countries feel that they are being excluded from participation in TBG12;
- To provide guidelines to the TBG12 Chair for decisions to be taken by the TBG;
- To be responsible for ensuring that a preliminary agenda for the TBG12 Plenary is set sufficiently prior to the meeting so attendees can have the agendas prior to attending. Final agendas must be available on the first day of each TBG12 Meeting;
- To prepare, update and publish at each TBG12 meeting, the Work Program schedule;
- To be the body responsible for instituting new TBG12 special ad-hoc groups, and other special advisory positions. The TAT will be responsible for the approval of the terms of reference for these groups. The terms of reference should include purpose, scope and where applicable duration.

Time schedule

The TBG12 Work Program shall determine the time scales for all TBG12 activities and tasks. The TBG12 shall meet at least at UN / CEFACT Forum.

Liaison with other groups and any external organisations

The TBG12 shall co-operate and establish liaisons with all of the TBG Working Groups and ad-hoc groups as required.
In addition, TBG12 shall establish liaisons with other organisations as required, for example:
- International Federation of Accountants (IFAC);
- Fédération des experts-comptables européens (FEE);
- International Federation of Auditors and Internal Controllers (IFACI);
- Accounting Institutes such as national professional institutes in the accounting and/or audit business like American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Institute of Canadian Certified Accountants (ICCA), Ordre des experts-comptables (French Institute), Kammer der Wirtschaftprüfer (KAW, Austrian Institute), etc.;

- eXtended Business Reporting Language (XBRL);
- Electronic Data Interchange for Financial, Informational, Cost, Accounting and Auditing, and Social areas (EDIFICAS);
- Etc.

Projects Status

Project Title Project Name Project Chair Project Initiator Supporters Extra Budgetary Resources Start Date End Date ODP 1 ODP 2 ODP 3 ODP 4 ODP 5 ODP 6 ODP 7 ODP 8 Aim of 2011
P044 Accounting Token Michel Lesourd EDIFICAS   01.01.2006 01.01.2008
P057 Accounting Entry V1 + V2 + V3 Michel Lesourd EDIFICAS   01.01.2006 30.04.2009
P072 Ledger V1 Michel Lesourd EDIFICAS   01.09.2006 30.09.2010
P073 Trial Balance V1 Michel Lesourd EDIFICAS   18.03.2006 31.03.2012  
P074 Chart of Accounts V1 Michel Lesourd EDIFICAS   01.09.2006 30.09.2010
P075 Reporting V1 Michel Lesourd HCCA (Fr) + EDIFICAS   01.09.2006 30.09.2010
P083 Accounting Message V1 Michel Lesourd HCCA (Fr) + EDIFICAS   31.07.2007 30.09.2010
P082 Accounting Journal List V1 Michel Lesourd EDIFICAS   26.03.2009 31.03.2011
P085 Bundle Collection V1 Michel Lesourd EDIFICAS   01.05.2009 01.07.2011  
P092 Lexical Nomenclature V1 Michel Lesourd EDIFICAS   18.11.2009 31.12.2011  



Contacts & Members

Working Group Chair: Norbert Pfaffinger
Working Group Vice Chair: Franz Mochty
Working Group Vice Chair: Glenn Miller
Working Group Secretary: Vacant
TBG13 Participants

Projects Status

Project Title Project Name Project Chair Project Initiator Supporters Extra Budgetary Resources Start Date End Date ODP 1 ODP 2 ODP 3 ODP 4 ODP 5 ODP 6 ODP 7 ODP 8 Aim of
Currently TBG13 has no projects underway




To simplify, streamline and standardise functional business processes through the use of value chain principles and structured analysis. In carrying out this work TBG14 will support the UN/CEFACT mission to "facilitate international transactions through the simplification and harmonisation of procedures and information flows, and so contribute to the growth of global commerce.


TBG14 will adopt the methodology (UMM) as the approach to the analysis of business processes. It will use UML modelling tools to carry out the work.

It will develop and publish a model of the International Supply Chain working with the domain groups within TBG. This process will include harmonisation and integration of the models developed within the individual TBG's as well as those of other standards and industry organisations (i.e. IATA, GS1, SWIFT, UBL , WCO, ...) into a reference model that will be consistent and that will encompass the scope of the work within UN/CEFACT. It will link up a "Top Down" view of the whole Supply Chain with the detailed functional processes identified by the expert groups.

The "best practice" processes used in international supply chain will be identified and modelled.

The model will also be used to reflect the international trade processes, relating the detailed message structures within UNeDocs to the business entities and information envelopes within the model.

All business processes included those used within International Trade will be identified and formally described, and made available for re-use by their inclusion in the UN/CEFACT Registry.

To enable this to be achieved it will be necessary to commence to standardise various artefacts:

  • the naming of Business Processes and their descriptions
  • the classification scheme for Business Processes to aid their discovery and use
  • the names and definitions of Roles of the Business Partners
  • the states of the Business Entities affected by the processes

In turn these standard values will provide the values for some of the "Contexts" required within the Core Components Technical Specification.

Contacts & Members

Working Group Chair: Niki Sahling
Working Group Vice Chair: Colin Clark
Working Group Secretary: Vacant
TBG14 Participants

Projects Status

Project Title Project Name Project Chair Project Initiator Supporters Extra Budgetary Resources Start Date End Date ODP 1 ODP 2 ODP 3 ODP 4 ODP 5 ODP 6 ODP 7 ODP 8 Aim of
P058 Framework for building Catalog of Common Business Processes Ed Buchinski Ed Buchinski        
P059 International Supply Chain Reference Model Colin Clark         Not Applicable                
P079 Common Business Process Catalog Specification Colin Clark   []        
P080 MRI Meetings Niki Sahling         Not Applicable                





TBG15 -International Trade Procedures Working Group

1. Introduction

1.1 The aim of trade facilitation (and the enabling electronic business technologies and communications) is to make trade, essentially the movement of traded goods, easier and simpler. The benefits of trade facilitation are most obviously gained in international business transactions. However, trade facilitation can also offer significant gains in the domestic market especially where geographic circumstances such as size of the country or unique features (for examples island nations or land-locked economies) impose difficult trading conditions for the movement of goods.

1.2 The objectives of trade facilitation are two-fold. First, simpler and cost-effective business practices with appropriate commercial records and systems. Second, efficient and effective government processes including legal obligations and proportionate regulations and administrative procedures. The adoption of trade facilitation techniques and tools should offer a more open, transparent and competitive environment for the business community, and government trade controls that are based on accurate revenue collection, risk management techniques and better deployment of resources.  Consequently, it is vital that trade facilitation is a fundamental component of trade policy for sustainable economic development, the creation of wealth and employment and the protection of society and its citizens.

1.3 Trade facilitation is definitely not just a technical issue about improving procedures for the movement of goods. Of course, trade facilitation can be a separate initiative to tackle identified trade issues such as integrated border management. However, trade facilitation is probably most effective when incorporated in a broader policy aimed at improving and enhancing the trade performance of a country, region (including sub-regions) a trade sector or industry or indeed individual companies and similar enterprises.

2. Background

2.1 International trade is complex because of the numerous parties involved, the often huge distances the goods travel, the various (and varying) cultural and linguistic differences and the different approaches to the conduct of commercial activity and the controls employed by government. UN/CEFACT was established to produce techniques, tools and good practices to eliminate or significantly reduce the barriers in the complex process of doing international business. These products (referred to as instruments) are especially aimed at the small and medium size enterprise business community as the complexity of international trade processes often deters this sector from entering overseas markets. Equally the instruments are aimed at governments in developing and transition economies as an aid to improve international trade performance.

2.2 UN/CEFACT recognised very early that the complexity of international trade required an innovative approach to the production of its instruments. The volunteer trade, business and information technologies experts were structured into Permanent Groups and subsidiary Working Groups on a domain basis to identify, review and analyse the specific processes and then create practical solutions (often using electronic business applications, but not always) to remove barriers and reduce the time and cost of doing international trade.   

3. TBG15 - International Trade Procedures Working Group 

3.1 The International Trade Procedures Working Group, designated TBG 15, is a working group within the International Trade and Business Processes Group (TBG). In turn the TBG is a Permanent Group of UN/CEFACT, the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business. Where TBG15 differs from the other domain working groups is the fact that the Group examines the whole of the international trade transaction from sales contract initiation, through the physical delivery of the trade goods (including official controls and security measures) to the fulfilment of the contract by financial settlement and account reconciliation. Therefore TBG15 covers not just the supply chain but the whole process of trading goods internationally. This coverage is unique among the working groups of TBG.  

3.2 TBG15 has a global remit and its purpose is to identify, simplify harmonise and align public and private sector practices, procedures and information flows relating to international trade transactions both in goods and related services. The scope of the working group is the business processes and government legislation, regulations, obligations and official administrative requirements involved in the movement of goods across international borders within the mission statement and objectives of UN/CEFACT and its Permanent Groups and working groups.

3.3 To fulfil its Mission Statement and Terms of Reference and contribute to the overall UN/CEFACT goal of simple transparent and effective processes for global commerce, TBG15 has a comprehensive work programme. Essentially the tasks and projects are divided into three main areas:

-          the maintenance of existing UN ECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) and UN/CEFACT Recommendations;

-          the development of new Recommendations, and

-          new initiatives for trade facilitation techniques and tools to improve the international trade transaction.

Overarching these work pillars TBG15 promotes the adoption of all trade facilitation measure and where possible and feasible offers capacity building to enhance the knowledge and skills of the persons employed and involved in international trade.

3.4 During the past five years TBG 15 has revised Recommendation 6 (Invoice Layout Key) to include an Annex for e-Invoicing, Recommendation 11 (Dangerous Goods Documentation) and Recommendation 18 (Trade Facilitation Measure). Currently the Group is revising Recommendation 12 (Maritime Transport Documents), and through the new initiative programme considering a revision of Recommendation 4 (National Trade Facilitation) to enhance the guidance on private and public consultation models.

3.5 Over the same period TBG15 developed Recommendation 33 (Single Window) and Guidelines to enhance the efficient exchange of information between trade and government. A Repository of Case Studies complemented Recommendation 33 and offered examples of the business models adopted for existing or planned Single Window facilities. The Case Studies provided an insight into the planning and implementation of a Single Window and shared experiences on a wide range of topics from initial concept and identification of benefits, through services provision and technology options to promotion and communication and future plans.

3.6 The success of Recommendation 33 since publication in July 2005, and the positive feedback from users and other stakeholders encouraged TBG15 to develop a suite of Single Window products. First, Recommendation 34 will offer guidance on data simplification and standardisation, a key component for the optimum use of a Single Window facility. Second, Recommendation 35 will provide advice and a checklist to establish the legal framework to ensure a Single Window can operate in a secure regulatory environment that protects the data and privacy of all users through identification, authentication and authorisation procedures, regulates access to the data including sharing, archiving and retrieval and establishes appropriate arbitration and dispute resolution process. Third, the Group are scoping the production of a Recommendation on the Interoperability of Single Window facilities. The aim of the guidance would be to explain the various forms of interoperability and provide advice on the options for operation including methods, technologies and transmission protocols. The Recommendation would be augmented with a Repository of Case Studies (Similar to recommendation 33) to give examples and share experiences of interoperability projects at all levels.        

4. Membership

4.1 TBG15 membership is drawn from trade practitioners and experienced government officials from all the areas of the international trade transaction, the three segments of BUY - SHIP - PAY identified by the UN/CEFACT International Supply Chain Reference Model.  These experts whose knowledge collectively provides a detailed and proven expertise in trade facilitation are nominated by UN/CEFACT Heads of Delegation who may designate one or more delegates. Once appointed experts are expected to contribute to the work based solely on their expertise and experience, and comply with the Intellectual Property Rights policy of the United Nations and the Code of Conduct for Experts on mission.

5. Delegated Responsibilities

5.1 The ITPWG is empowered in accordance with agreed UN/CEFACT Forum operating procedures to:

-          issue, present and publish, in the area of practices, procedures and information flows within international trade transactions: a) analyses, b) reports on constraints, and c) proposals, to UN/CEFACT and other organizations;

-          promote the adoption of standards, Recommendations and best practice in the area of trade facilitation;

-          draft new UN/CEFACT Recommendations as appropriate;

-          maintain existing UN/CEFACT Recommendations, as identified in the ITPWG work programme, by proposing revisions,  amendments or deletion;

-          co-operate and establish liaisons with other groups, working groups and organizations as appropriate.

-          establish project teams and supporting teams as required;

To fulfil these responsibilities the ITPWG establishes liaisons and collaborates with other working groups, permanent groups and organisations. The working group also forms projects teams and support to undertake its work programme.

6. Key deliverables 

6.1 The key deliverables of TBG 15 - ITPWG are:

-        development of new relevant instruments and Recommendations for trade facilitation;

-        revision, amendment or deletion of these instruments and Recommendations, in co-operation with the other groups and working groups;

-        evaluation of the state and progress in, and systematic review and monitoring of the implementation of trade facilitation Recommendations and measures;

-        notification to other groups and working groups of constraints identified in the field of international trade practices and procedures;

-        documentation of business and government requirements;

-        contributions to influence and support  related work in other relevant intergovernmental and non- governmental organizations; and

-        provision of relevant educational, promotional and capacity building material. .

The Group is also responsible for raising awareness of it work to the wider audience of the international business community and national administrations.

7. Conclusion and Call for Participation

7.1 Trade facilitation is an important, time-tested and proven strategy that can deliver significant benefits for both private and public sectors conducting or involved in international trade. By adopting trade facilitation techniques and tools and simplification measures business can improve supply chain performance through transparency and predictability, and present a professional and progressive image to trading partners and trade services providers. For government trade facilitation can assist policy efforts and initiatives for the receipt of correct revenue yields, an increase in the effectiveness of trade control measures through the better deployment of resources and encourage greater trader compliance. Some benefits from trade facilitation can be gained easily and immediately and at relatively little cost. Other gains will accrue over the medium and long term and would need both political will and the allocation of appropriate resources both human and financial.

7.2 The international trade transaction process does not standstill. International trade is dynamic yet cyclical, ever-changing yet constant in objectives and goal. Developments in production and supply chain operation, modes of transport equipment and provision, and information and communication technologies result in changes to existing commercial practices and official procedures and the creation of new, often better processes.  To tackle the challenges of the modern and future international trading system, UN/CEFACT and within it TBG15 needs to maintain and promote existing trade facilitation instruments and respond to new economic, commercial and governmental environments. To meet these demands, the Group needs a vibrant and energetic membership base.

7.3 TBG15 would wish to extend an open invitation to experts to join the Group and participate in the exciting and important work of facilitating international trade processes.  New members should consider contributing to the projects and tasks because TBG15 offers:

-        the opportunity to inform the debate and influence the decisions on the development of the next generation of standards and instruments for the international trade process;

-        the chance to share experiences on the introduction and operation of good trading practice;

-        the means to enhance the body of knowledge and skills for actors and parties involved in managing and operating the international trade process;

-        the prospect of developing capacity building tools and techniques for developing and transition economies with the aim of equalizing the global marketplace;

-        the opportunity to engage with a committed and dedicated group of professionals in UN/CEFACT and exchange views and ideas;

-        the chance to profit from early awareness of  developments at the cutting-edge of trade facilitation thinking, planning and implementation; and,

-        the ability to publicise strategies and initiatives for the benefit of both the business community and government within the home country or to a wider audience in a sub-region or regionally.

This is an indicative, not an exhaustive list of reasons. Potential new members will have individual motivation and incentive as well the interests and needs of their sponsoring organisation, whether private or public. Whatever reason is paramount; TBG15 will warmly welcome any and all applications to join the Group and requests to contribute to the work programme.

Contacts & Members

Working Group Chair: Johan Pontén
Working Group Vice Chair: Jari Salo
Working Group Vice Chair: Eva C P Chan
Working Group Secretary: Valentina Mintah
TBG15 Participants


With the conclusion of Recommendation 35, TBG 15 now has a suite of Single Window Recommendations with additional projects in the pipeline.

Status of Recommendation 12

The draft revision of Recommendation 12 has been sent to the HoDs for comments and posted on the UN/CEFACT

The Open Development Process Step 5 public review has been initiated for the draft revision

Status of Recommendations 5, 6 and 34

The inter-sessional approval of Recommendations 6 and 34 have been successfully concluded. The documents will be published in the UNECE webpage for recommendations.


TBG 15 held a successful interim meeting in Paris, France on the 23 - 25 February 2011.

TBG 15 held a successful interim meeting in Paris, France on 23 - 25 February 2011

Projects Status

Project Title Project Name Project Chair Project Initiator Supporters Extra Budgetary Resources Start Date End Date ODP 1 ODP 2 ODP 3 ODP 4 ODP 5 ODP 6 ODP 7 ODP 8 Aim of
P060 Trade Facilitation Implementation Guide Johan Pontén         []  
P064 Revision of Recommendation N°11 - Documentary Aspects of the Transport of Dangerous Goods Alex de Lijster     19.05.2006 16.09.2008 []  
P065 Recommendation N°34 - Simplification and Standardization for International Trade Gordon Cragge      15.09.2006   []  
P066 Recommendation N°35 - Establishing a Legal Framework for an International Trade Single Window Bill Luddy      09.08.2006   []  
P090 Annex to Recommendation 6 on Aligned Invoice Layout Key for International Trade Gordon Cragge     01.12.2004   []  
P091 Recommendation N°12 - Measures to Facilitate Maritime Transport Documents Procedures Johan Pontén     01.04.2010   []  
P101 Recommendation N°36 - Single Windows Interoperability Eva C P Chan          
P103 Consultation Models for Public and Private Sector Consultation Johan Pontén       17.06.2013

Actions and Decisions



TBG16 maintains the TBG and FMG Websites.

TBG16 is also responsible for the development and maintenance of the Data Maintenance Request (DMR) procedure for UN/EDIFACT and UN/CEFACT XML. Hereafter you can find the DMRs related to UN/CEFACT XML.

Contacts & Members

Working Group Chair: Alain Dechamps
Working Group Vice Chair: Vacant
Working Group Secretary: Vacant
TBG16 Participants

Change Request registration Log

 CR Number   Target CR Type Submission date Submitter CR status Directory
 EP-2008-001   PSCPM  CHG 01-06-2008 TBG6  Approved 08.B
 EP-2009-001   eTendering   CHG 20-04-2009 BII  Approved 09.B
 EP-2009-002   eTendering   CHG 20-04-2009 BII Approved 09.B
 EP-2009-003   eTendering   CHG 24-07-2009 BII  Approved 09.B
 EP-2009-004   PSCPM  CHG 24-07-2009 TBG6  Approved 09.B
 EP-2009-005   PSCPM  Codes 24-07-2009 TBG6  Approved 09.B
 EP-2009-006   PSCPM  CHG 24-07-2009 TBG6  Approved 09.B
 EP-2009-007   PSCPM  BRS 24-07-2009 TBG6  Approved 09.B
 EP-2009-008   PSCPM  RSM 24-07-2009 TBG6  Approved 09.B
 EP-2009-009   CII  CHG 22-12-2009 GS1  Open 10.A
 EP-2009-010   CII  CHG 22-12-2009 CEN/BII  Open 10.A
 EP-2010-011   eCert  CHG 11-01-2010 TBG18  Open 10.A
 EP-2010-012   Invoice  CHG 10-03-2010 TBG01  Open 10.A



Contacts & Members

Working Group Chair: Mary Kay Blantz
Working Group Vice Chair: Hisanao Sugamata
Working Group Vice Chair: Marion Royal
Working Group Vice Chair: Hussam El-Leithy
Working Group Secretary: Delta Pelgrim
TBG17 Participants


Name Email
Sue Probert (Lead Editor) (SP)
Chris Hassler (CH)
Hisanao Sugamata (HS)
Henk van Maaren (HvM)
Mary Kay Blantz (MKB)
Norbert Pfaffinger (NP)

Meeting Minutes

Face to Face Meeting Minutes

Please click here for the Face to face meeting minutes

Weekly Meeting Minutes

Please click here for the 2010 and 2011 Meeting Minutes

10A Library Status - (current)

Status Date Elapsed Days
CCL first sent to ICG 29-Jun-10
First level audit pass 31-Aug-10 63
TBG17 Resp 16-Sep-10 16
Integrate 10B submissions into 10A 29-Oct-10 43
First level audit pass - merged CCL 23-Nov-10 25
TBG17 Resp 30-Nov-10 7
Second level audit pass 6-Dec-10 6
TBG17 Resp 6-Dec-10 0
Third level audit pass 30-Dec-10 24
TBG17 Resp 4-Jan-11 5
RSM Issues - TBG responses 26-Jan-11 22
ICG approved 31-Jan-11 5
CCL published 2-Feb-11 2
Schema generated by TBG17 15-Feb-11 13
Schema generated by ATG2

11A Submission Status - (current)

Project Name Contact Submitter Editor Total lines
Submission Date
Technical Assessment Provisional Review
TBG 17 Review Final QA
Ready for Integration
Maintenance Update Nigel Wooden TBG8 MKB
21DEC10 01FEB11 01FEB11
Bundle Collection-Trial Balance Robert Lemense
31JAN11 11FEB11
25FEB11 26FEB11  
Agronomical Observation Gaelle Cheruy
04JAN11 07FEB11

Document Library

  Name Size Creator (Last Modifier) Creation Date Last Mod Date Comment  
Microsoft Word TBG17_Procedures_13AUG2008.doc 142 kb Gokul Ramamoorthy Apr 15, 2011 Apr 15, 2011  
GIF File check.gif 0.6 kb Gokul Ramamoorthy Apr 15, 2011 Apr 15, 2011  
Microsoft Word CCTS 2.01 Business Message Template V2.01 Draft B.doc 198 kb Gokul Ramamoorthy Apr 15, 2011 Apr 15, 2011  
File Controlled_Vocabulary_15FEB11.xlsx 55 kb Gokul Ramamoorthy Apr 15, 2011 Apr 15, 2011  
Microsoft Word Definition_Boilerplate_23JUN09.doc 38 kb Gokul Ramamoorthy Apr 15, 2011 Apr 15, 2011  
Microsoft Word DRAFT RSM Guidelines 2010-08-23.doc 219 kb Gokul Ramamoorthy Apr 15, 2011 Apr 15, 2011  
Microsoft Word submission checklist apr08.doc 56 kb Gokul Ramamoorthy Apr 15, 2011 Apr 15, 2011  
Microsoft Word TBG17 Membership Roster 08Feb2011.doc 184 kb Gokul Ramamoorthy Apr 15, 2011 Apr 15, 2011  
File TBG17 submission guidelines.mpp 142 kb Gokul Ramamoorthy Apr 15, 2011 Apr 15, 2011  
Microsoft Excel TBG17_Submission_Template_v3p17.xls 527 kb Gokul Ramamoorthy Apr 15, 2011 Apr 15, 2011  


TBG17 History

Please click here for the TBG17 History



The TBG has is scope on the agricultural and food processing production and trade chain. This includes the primary production as well as the supply to these chains.
Food safety, animal health and plant sanitation are important subjects. Tracking and tracing is an important aspect of these business models.

Contacts & Members

Working Group Chair: Bruno Prépin
Working Group Vice Chair: Frans Van Diepen
Working Group Secretary: Gaëlle Cheruy Pottiau
TBG18 Participants

TBG 18 Meetings

Name Type Location Start-Date End-Date Comments Additional Documents
12th UNCEFACT Forum Physical Meeting Mexico 06.04.2008 11.04.2008 MINUTES - TBG18 CEFACT Forum Mexicov-v1.doc
13th UNCEFACT Forum Physical Meeting Saly, Senegal 10.11.2008 14.11.2008 MINUTES - TBG18 CEFACT Forum SALY-v1.doc
14th UNCEFACT Forum Physical Meeting Rome, Italy 20.04.2009 24.04.2009 TBG 18 -Meeting Minutes -Rome_Forum.doc
15th UNCEFACT Forum Physical Meeting Sapporo, Japan 28.09.2009 02.10.2009 MINUTES - TBG18 CEFACT Forum SAPPOROV1.1.doc
Interim meeting Physical Meeting Lyon, France 31.05.2010 02.06.2010 to replace the 16th UN/CEFACT in Bangkok 2010_ MINUTES - TBG18_InterimV1.0.doc
17th UNCEFACT meeting Physical Meeting Geneva, Switzerland 30.08.2010 04.09.2010 2010_UNCEFACT_Forum_TBG 18_MinutesV1.0.doc
cites-tb18 20100901 fvd v2.ppt
17th UNCEFACT Forum Physical Meeting Geneva, Switzerland 30.08.2010 04.09.2010 UN/CEFACT Future Organization - Requirements of TBG18 "Agriculture" TBG 18 Requirements for UNCEFACT new organization.pdf
20th UNCEFACT Forum Physical Meeting Vienna,Austria 17.09.2012 21.09.2012 UN/CEFACT PDA Agriculture - 20th UNCEFACT Forum Draft Minutes 2012_UNCEFACT_Forum_PDA Sect Agriculture_Vienna_MinutesV1.0.doc
UNCEFACT_ PDA Sectoral Agriculture_ClosingPlenary.pptx

Projects Status

Project Title Project Name Project Chair Project Initiator Supporters Extra Budgetary Resources Start Date End Date ODP 1 ODP 2 ODP 3 ODP 4 ODP 5 ODP 6 ODP 7 ODP 8 Aim of
P034 eCert - XML for Sanitary & Phytosanitary Certificates Barbara COOPER      01.01.2005 01.12.2008  
P077 DAPLOS project Bruno Prépin     01.01.2007 01.12.2008  
P086 Cattle Registration Information Exchange Frans Van Diepen     01.04.2008    
P089 Electronic Data exchange Proxy Bruno Prépin     01.03.2008    
P094 Livestock Life Record René ROGNANT     01.04.2008    
P100 EDI of Agronomical Observations Report Bruno Prépin          



The purpose of TBG19 is to develop and maintain business scenarios and business transactions to facilitate the electronic delivery of services to citizens, businesses and government organizations.

As the term "eGoverment" can be understood in different manners, covering the broad range of activities of public authorities, it is appropriate to precise that the main focus of TBG19 is to support the relation between administrations and society.

As a consequence, subjects of a more "sectorial" or "technical" nature should be dealt with in the adequate sectorial TBG where the respective administration experts should participate. If this is not possible, the matter can be addressed to TBG19 whose membership will do its best to contact interested people in the respective national administrations and come back with an advice or gather the proper expertise to handle the matter.

Drafting guidelines to promote UN/CEFACT awareness within  governments, document for comments:
Position Paper Increase TBG19 participation

Contacts & Members

Working Group Chair: Antonio Reis
  • Jean-Pierre Henninot (2005-2009)
Working Group Vice Chair: Vacant  
Working Group Secretary: Didier Hardy  
TBG19 Participants

Projects Status

Project Title Project Name Project Chair Project Initiator Supporters Extra Budgetary Resources Start Date End Date ODP 1 ODP 2 ODP 3 ODP 4 ODP 5 ODP 6 ODP 7 ODP 8 Aim of 2010
P078 eArchiving - Transfer of digital records Michel Jacobson Public Record Office Victoria-Australia/Direction des Archives de France   24.05.2006 31.12.2010  
P105 Legal Notice Publication (LNP) Didier Hardy     01.01.2011    
P411 Public Electronic Procurement Adam Arndt          

Details of projects and activities

eArchiving - Transfer of digital records
Common eGovernment data model development
eGovernment modeling


Conference call 03 December 2009
Sapporo Forum (28 September - 2 October 2009)
Rome Forum (20 - 24 April 2009)
Conference call 30 January 2009
Saly Forum (10-14 November 2008)
Conference call 20 June 2008
Mexico Forum (7-11 April 2008)
Conference call 8 January 2008
Stockholm Forum (24-28 September 2007)
Conference call 6 July 2007
Dublin Forum (26-30 March 2007)
Conference call 14 December 2006
New Delhi Forum (2-6 October 2006)
Conference call 29 June2006
Vancouver Forum (13-17 March 2006)

Reference documents