The very nature of multimodal transport required International Co-ordination at three levels .
-- With neighboring countries on cross border procedures and in infrastructure developments .
-- With trading partners on trade , banking and insurance procedures .
-- With the International community on the development of worldwide standards in such areas as :-
----------- UN/EDIFACT rules
----------- Inco Terms
----------- Harmonize system for commodity classification .
Therefore there is room to compliment the activities of the National Multimodal Transport Committee with regional initiatives . In particular there is a need ;
----- To monitor international efforts to standardize procedures , documentation , definitions , classifications etc . pertaining to international trade and transport to formulate a regional position and or represent member countries' interests at such fora .
----- To insure region wide standards for documentation , tariff structures , etc.
There is growing awareness that multimodalism and EDI require a co-ordinates approach involving all sector concerned like trade, transport , finance etc . and regional co-ordination on standard documentation and procedures is desirable .