Non-Tariff Measures in World Trade


The ability to gain and to benefit from market access opportunities depends increasingly on compliance with non-tariff measures (NTMs), such as sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical regulations and norms.

These measures represent a major challenge for exporters, importers and policymakers. Although many NTMs have primarily non-trade objectives, such as the protection of public health or the environment, they may affect trade and can unintentionally become discriminatory against smaller exporters and poorer countries.

It is important for developing countries to understand the use of NTMs and their implications for the formulation and implementation of effective development strategies. However, comprehensive, systematic and reliable information about NTMs is scarce and difficult to obtain.

UNCTAD coordinates the international effort to improve access and increase transparency with regard to NTMs, and trains experts globally to collect and classify information about these measures.



25 September 2017Impact of Non-Tariff Measures and Voluntary Sustainability Standards on Global Trade
22 September 2017Understanding Non-Tariff measures is key for sustainable growth and development
11 September 2017Impact of Non-tariff measures and trade regulations on Global Trade
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22 December 2016Better access to G20 markets could boost exports from poorest countries by 15%
01 November 2016World Tariff Profiles 2016 now available
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 Documents and Publications

World Tariff Profiles 2017 (UNCTAD/WTO/2017)
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 Events and Meetings

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In Focus
NTMS Week 2017
Classification of NTMs
Download: Classification
Guidelines to collect data on NTMs
Download: Guidelines

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