The WTO, WTO members and other intergovernmental organizations, including the World Bank, the World Customs Organization and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), provide technical assistance to trade facilitation. In July 2014, the WTO announced the creation of a trade facilitation mechanism that helps developing countries and LDCs implement the Trade Facilitation Agreement. The facility came into force on 27 November 2014 with the adoption of the Trade Facilitation Protocol. The first discussions on trade facilitation began in the mid-1990s. In 1996, the Singapore Ministerial Conference gave the WTO its original directive, but under a different conceptual title.  The language used in the letter reflected a possible compromise between those who wished to renegotiate the terms of an agreement and those, particularly those in developing and least developed countries, who had doubts about the success of new negotiations and preferred a much tighter/limited agenda. Many of the doubts about a new multilateral trade agreement in the future related to the fact that they did not have the capacity to meet additional commitments, particularly for developing and least developed countries. All developed countries supported the trade facilitation agreement there, 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 convince affiliated nations to agree on multilateral negotiations. However, there was no opposition to the work and development of the Trade Facilitation Act. The law promised to reduce customs barriers and non-tariff issues. However, most developing and least developed countries have instead advocated an approach that encourages compliance with these guidelines against the mandate of disciplines.
Trade facilitation objectives have been included in the international agenda, mainly due to four major factors. The 2015 World Trade Report provides an overview of the different definitions of trade facilitation between universities and international organizations and contrasts them with the scope of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement reached in December 2013.  The WTO TFA has become a new basis for trade facilitation and many countries are working to implement measures beyond the measures outlined in this agreement to maintain a competitive advantage in global markets.  In particular, most countries have focused their trade facilitation efforts on the establishment of individual electronic windows and other paperless trading systems to further reduce trade costs.  Trade facilitation has its intellectual roots in the areas of logistics and supply chain management. Trade Facilitation examines operational improvements at the interface between the company and the government and related transaction costs. Trade facilitation has become a key component of supply chain security and customs modernization programs. It has also gained importance in the context of economic development in the Doha Development Round. However, this is an equally important feature of unilateral and bilateral initiatives to improve the business environment and improve business competitiveness.
The reference to trade facilitation is sometimes part of improved regulation. Some organizations that promote trade facilitation will emphasize the main objective of reducing bureaucracy in international trade.