Currently, the cost of international trade is about $2 trillion.  This is due to a variety of factors, including redundant customs procedures, border fees and unnecessary duplication.  The economic benefits of the Trade Facilitation Agreement are not yet fully felt and measured. However, estimates of the economic gains from the agreement are widespread. Estimates range from about $68 billion to nearly $1 trillion a year. According to the OECD, the Trade Facilitation Agreement is able to reduce trade costs by 14.1 per cent for low-income countries, 15.1 per cent for middle-income countries and 12.9 per cent for high-middle-income countries. This would indicate a series of earnings of about $9 to $133 per year per person on the planet. These large margins suggest that there are still uncertainties surrounding the trade deal.  As a member of the WTO, India is subject to a number of important agreements such as the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures, GATS, SPS, TRIPS, Toppings, THE AGREEMENT ON AGRICULTURE AND THE AGREEMENT ON TEXTILES.
The first trade facilitation talks began in the mid-1990s. In 1996, the Singapore Ministerial Conference issued its first directive to the WTO, albeit under a different conceptual heading.  The wording used in the letter reflected a potential compromise between those who wanted to renegotiate the terms of an agreement and those, particularly developing and least developed countries, who had doubts about the success of new negotiations and preferred a much narrower/more limited agenda. Many of the doubts about a possible new multilateral trade agreement were linked to concerns about the impossibility of making additional commitments, particularly for developing and least developed countries. At the time, all developed countries supported the Trade Facilitation Agreement, as well as a number of developing countries such as Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Republic of Korea, Paraguay and Singapore.  However, it remained difficult to persuade the affiliated countries to agree on multilateral negotiations. However, there were no objections to the development and drafting of the Trade Facilitation Act. The law promised to reduce tariff barriers and non-tariff issues. However, most developing and least developed countries were more in favour of an approach that encouraged compliance with those guidelines than of a disciplinary mandate. The WTO`s highest decision-making body, the Ministerial Conference, usually meets every two years.  It brings together all WTO Members, all of which are countries or customs unions. The Ministerial Conference may take decisions on all matters within the framework of multilateral trade agreements.
Some meetings, such as the first Singapore Ministerial Conference and the Cancún Conference in 2003, have dealt with disputes between developed and developing countries called the «Singapore issues», such as. Β agricultural subsidies; while others, such as the Seattle Conference in 1999, provoked large demonstrations. The Fourth Ministerial Conference held in Doha in 2001 endorsed China`s accession to the WTO and launched the Doha Development Round, which was complemented by the Sixth WTO Ministerial Conference (in Hong Kong), which agreed to phase out agricultural export subsidies and adopt the European Union`s «Everything But Arms» initiative to phase out tariffs on goods from of the least developed countries. At the Sixth WTO Ministerial Conference in December 2005, the WTO launched the «Aid for Trade» initiative, which specifically aims to support developing countries in trade in line with Sustainable Development Goal 8, which is to increase aid to support trade and economic growth.  India has unstable relations with the World Trade Organization (WTO). To understand its full nature, one must go to the very beginning — the beginning of the Uruguay Round trade negotiations in Punta del Este, Uruguay, in 1986. The talks were vast and far-reaching in their impact and lasted nearly eight years. Once concluded, the WTO entered into force in 1995 with a binding dispute settlement mechanism and agreements that go far beyond goods and include services and intellectual property rights. Although there have been some gains for developing countries such as India in the textile and clothing industry, the result has been unfair to these countries and much more favorable to the US, the EU and other developed countries.
This became very clear from the implications of the Uruguay Round negotiations. In the case of India, this led to «negotiating resentments» that lasted well beyond the Uruguay Round. The Conference of Ministers of State for Agriculture and Food, 14. September 2000 presented a document highlighting the main features of the agreement and the issues that could be negotiated. The Union`s Ministry of Commerce endorsed the views expressed at the Conference of Ministers of State. These documents are likely in the public domain to elicit comment from interested audiences, even though, as usual, they were released far too late to allow for meaningful debate. Article 20 of the Agreement requires all members to submit their proposals by the end of December 2000. However, the dispute settlement system cannot be used to resolve trade disputes arising from political disagreements.
The agreement entered into force in January 1995. Work on the Trade Facilitation Agreement continued after the Singapore Summit.  The main objective of these discussions was to arrive at a first understanding of the scope of the Agreement. Defining a clearly defined role for the WTO has become a priority. The role that the WTO was to play began in a relatively broad way. The first proposal suggested that the WTO would be responsible for payments, insurance and other financial requirements related to international trade.  In the late 1990s, an attempt by a number of countries to make WTO rules binding and not promoted triggered a response aimed at limiting the scope and focusing on certain aspects of the GATT. The two main areas of interest were Articles VIII and X of the GATT.  The TFA and the Decision on Food Security Programmes were part of a set of important trade agreements and other measures adopted at the 9.
WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia, December 2013. The conclusion of the «Bali Package» has given important confidence and impetus to the work of the WTO. This momentum was interrupted in July 2014 as an important deadline related to the implementation of the TFA was not met as links were established with other elements of the Bali package. This bilateral agreement represents an important step towards restoring Bali`s dynamism and restoring confidence in the WTO`s negotiating role. The WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali (2013) may have been the last opportunity to save the Doha Round. It has become increasingly difficult to justify that 18 years after the creation of the WTO, not a single multilateral agreement has been concluded. In other words, the legislative and regulatory wing of the WTO was completely dysfunctional. In Bali, the fact that Members were able to agree on a multilateral agreement on trade facilitation was greeted with enthusiasm and relief. The Trade Facilitation Agreement is remarkable. Not only does it meet the fundamental objective of reducing red tape and trade costs, but it also fully reflects the S&DT applicable to developing and least developed countries. The agreement contains historic provisions that allow for flexibility in the planning and sequence of implementation and, more importantly, link commitments to the capabilities acquired as a result of technical assistance. Could this be a model for the multilateral fisheries agreement currently under negotiation? The World Trade Organization (WTO) is an intergovernmental organization that deals with the regulation of international trade between nations.