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As the world’s largest trading bloc and source of foreign direct investment, the EU is a major global political player and the most successful pursuer of bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral free trade agreements. Since the Treaty of Lisbon entered into force, the EU has had an exclusive power to legislate on trade matters and conclude international trade agreements on goods, services, foreign direct investment and the commercial aspects of intellectual property. Therefore, decisions taken in Brussels can make it easier or more difficult for an individual company to trade its goods and services across international borders.

In addition, there is ongoing work at the international level (WTO, UN, UPU, WCO) to facilitate cross-border e-commerce. This ranges from a proposal to create global rules to adapting customs procedures and processes so that goods can move seamlessly within the duration expected by consumers.

EMOTA is proud to be a founding member of Business for eTrade Development, which is the premier private sector voice to help developing country governments, international agencies, and leading donors optimize public policies and aid allocations for ecommerce development and cross-border ecommerce worldwide.