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Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement

The Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement aims to ensure that regulations, standards, testing and certification procedures followed by WTO members do not create unnecessary obstacles to trade. The WTO Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade conducts...
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The WTO Agreements Series: Technical Barriers to Trade

This fully revised and expanded third edition provides an overview of the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement and the types of measures it covers.

Standards, Regulations and COVID-19

Mainly affecting trade in medical products and food, such standards and regulatory measures typically account for two-thirds of the notifications members submit to the WTO in line with obligations under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade...
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Addressing Tensions and Avoiding Disputes

Most specific trade concerns (STCs), which are raised before the WTO Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Committee), disappear from the TBT Committee’s meeting agendas without escalating into formal disputes. At the same time, a relatively...
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