Tunisia will soon ready to join the “ePing” system, an SPS & TBT notification alert system. It is developed by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in cooperation with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Trade Center (ITC).
The subscribers are allowed to receive an email (SMS) alerts regarding SPS (sanitary and phytosanitary measures) and TBT (technical barriers to trade) notifications covering particular products and/or markets of interest to them.
The “ePing SYSTEM was officially launched on 8 November 2016 at the WTO, by UN DESA Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development Lenni Montiel, WTO Deputy Director-General Karl Brauner and the Executive Director of ITC Arancha González.
It provides quick access to these notifications and dialogue between the public and private sectors, to resolve potential trade problems from the outset.
Subscription to “ePing system platform provides the necessary information to structures involved in import and export, such as the Ministry of Trade, INNORPI, CEPEX, chambers of commerce, private investors said Afif Thabet, head of the standards department at the National Institute of Standardisation and Industrial Property (INNORPI).
he indicated, on the sidelines of a workshop on “ePing” Monday, that “Tunisian importers and exporters bear significant losses resulting from the ban on the passage of their goods or products in airports or ports because they do not meet the new standards.
This workshop is held as part of the implementation of the priority actions of the national collaboration plan developed following the workshop on strengthening links between INNORPI and trade support institutions (TSIs), organised in the framework of the MENA STAR project in October 2017 in Tunis.
It aimed to improve the TBT notification system of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and to promote public-private dialogue on potential trade issues at an early stage.