Technical Barriers to Trade

Reducing Trade Friction from Standards and Regulations

WTO members have notified over 25,000 draft regulatory measures to the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee over the past 20 years, covering imports ranging from food to medical devices. Over 470 of these measures have undergone detailed scrutiny by WTO members in the TBT Committee. But only a handful of these issues have resulted in formal disputes, proving the effectiveness of the committee process. This brochure, produced to mark the WTO’s 20th anniversary, looks into the TBT Agreement and the work of the TBT committee.