The importance of trade facilitation is also highlighted in the IPI Strategic Framework (2020-2030), which aims, inter alia, to facilitate trade security, development and economic growth. Trade Facilitation Working Groups and Working Groups The IPI`s mandate is to enable API Parties (PCs) to protect terrestrial and aquatic plant resources by preventing the introduction and spread of harmful organisms. This requires the application of phytosanitary measures that are technically justified and transparent and that do not lead to arbitrary or unjustified discrimination or a disguised restriction of international trade. We facilitate trade safely: the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) contains provisions to speed up the transport, provision and handling of goods, including goods in transit. Measures to ensure effective cooperation between Customs and other competent authorities in trade facilitation and customs compliance are also defined. In recent years, the IPPC has addressed “state-of-the-art” trade facilitation issues, such as the fact that the ippc secretariat and the IPPC community work with a large number of partners to facilitate trade securely, including: the World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only international organization in the world dealing with the rules of trade between nations. The focus is on the WTO agreements, which have been signed by most of the world`s trading countries and which understand that trade facilitation — the simplification, modernization and harmonization of export and import processes — has become an important issue for the global trading system. The WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SSS) Measures explicitly recognizes the right of governments to take measures to protect public, animal and plant health, provided that such measures are based on scientific knowledge, are necessary to protect health, and foreign sources of supply are not unduly discriminatory. IpPC standards, under the auspices of the IPPC Secretariat, are the only international standards for phytosanitary measures recognized by the SPS Convention. . . .