Today’s international supply chains face an increasingly competitive environment, with new product safety regulations, and intense border security concerns. The need for traders to comply with all procedural, regulatory, and documentary requirements rapidly, accurately and cheaply has become extremely important in order to remain competitive. To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of processes and information flows throughout the supply chain, it is crucial that the existing “as-is” conditions are well understood, prior to implementing trade facilitation reforms.
Adapted from the business process modelling techniques that have been originally applied in the automation of mechanistic business processes, this Business Process Analysis Guide to Simplify Trade Procedures (BPA Guide) aims to provide a simple methodology to document the “as-is” business processes in international trade transactions.
Since the BPA guide was published in 2012, it has been widely used. To respond to the strong demand for the BPA training, an online training course on BPA was prepared by ESCAP. So far, nearly 400 people have passed the BPA online course and received the certificates.
This training course is targeted for the selected participants who have passed the BPA online training courses but have no or limited experiences of applying BPA in actual trade process analysis. During the training, the participants will review and discuss the real case studies of BPA.
Furthermore, ten years have passed since the BPA guide was published. ESCAP has been updating the BPA guide to reflect the evolving trade process and procedures. During the workshop, the revised BPA guide will be introduced to the participants for review and discussion.