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Reducing Business Travel Costs: The Success of APEC’s Business Mobility Initiatives
Following the conclusion of APEC’s Second Trade Facilitation Action Plan (TFAP II) in 2010, the APEC Policy Support Unit (PSU) conducted the Final Assessment by analysing the contributions made by the working groups in the four priority areas – Customs Procedures, Standards and Conformance, Business Mobility, and Electronic Commerce. The study, conducted for the Business Mobility Group (BMG), found that business travel costs for APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) holders were reduced by 38% over the 12-month period between March-July 2010 and March-July 2011 for total savings of USD 3.7 million as a result of the ABTC scheme. Specifically, application time costs were reduced by 43.3%, immigration processing time costs were reduced by 52.4%, and application fees were reduced by 27.8% for ABTC holders engaged in cross-border business travel in the APEC region. It was also found that 91% of ABTC holders were satisfied overall with the ABTC scheme.


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The APEC Business Travel Card is an initiative of the APEC Business Mobility Group.

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"We recognize the need for business people to move quickly between APEC economies when pursuing trade and investment opportunities."


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