Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Agreement

10 Key Results from 2020

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A new booklet launched on 27 July highlights strong engagement from WTO members at all levels of development in transparency and prevention of trade disputes. The information contained in the booklet is based on the 2020 review of members’ implementation of the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (the “SPS Agreement”).

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Over 2,000 SPS notifications were submitted in 2020, an all-time high

Developing countries have submitted more SPS notifications than developed countries

Tanzania was among the top ten notifiers of SPS notifications in 2020

More than two-thirds of regular notifications submitted in 2020 related to food safety

Number of trade-facilitating SPS measures in 2020 was more than twice as high as in 2017

Almost half of trade concerns discussed in SPS Committee in 2020 referred to food safety

In 2020, 63 members submitted at least one SPS notification; 14 raised at least one specific trade concern

More than half of trade concerns raised up to 2020 have been resolved or partially resolved

Committee adopted Fifth Review of Operation and Implementation of SPS Agreement in 2020

Over four-fifths of members used online system to submit notifications in 2020.


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