In 2008 the Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) completed its work on model measures by concluding five chapters, including a chapter on Customs Administration and Trade Facilitation that was developed by the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). This brings the total number of chapters to 15 (see Appendix 2 of the 2008 CTI Annual Report). These model measures will serve as a reference for member economies seeking to negotiate RTAs/FTAs and will assist in promoting consistency in RTAs/FTAs across the region. The initiative builds upon the APEC Best Practices for RTAs/FTAs which also serve as a useful guide for APEC members when undertaking RTA/FTA negotiations.
In 2009 the CTI explored possibilities for the model measures for trade facilitation to be expanded in order to provide more specificity and content. A comparative listing of the 2005 APEC model measures for trade facilitation, the 2008 ABAC model measures for trade facilitation and customs facilitation, and the trade facilitation chapter from the Canada-Costa Rica FTA was compiled for this exercise. The CTI noted the possible contribution of comparative listing to future work on APEC's Second Trade Facilitation Action Plan (TFAP II) and on the Supply-Chain Connectivity (SC) Framework.