Advancing on Non-Tariff Measures and Voluntary Sustainability Standards

UNCTAD Youth Network 

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. Although many NTMs have primarily non-trade objectives — such as the protection of public health or the environment — with falling tariffs, they have become the more important impediment to trade.

The NTMs Week sheds light on the importance of mandatory trade-related regulations and Voluntary sustainability standards (VSS) on international trade and development, and shows successful global, regional and national approaches to tackle the challenges including transparency initiatives and regulatory cooperation.

The meeting will also review and revise the International Classification on NTMs by the Multi-Agency Support Team (MAST).





 Other Publications

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25 September 2017Impact of Non-Tariff Measures and Voluntary Sustainability Standards on Global Trade
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
21 March 2017Vanuatu assesses its green export potential
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22 December 2016Better access to G20 markets could boost exports from poorest countries by 15%
05 October 2016Tackling "non-tariff measures", the new frontier for global trade
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 Related Links


UNCTAD's Work on Non-Tariff Measures in World Trade

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.


Trade Analysis and Information System (TRAINS)

TRAINS is a comprehensive database at the most disaggregated level of Harmonized System (HS), covering tariff and non-tariff measures as well as import flows by origin for more than 150 countries.


Integrated Trade Intelligence Portal (I-TIP)

I-TIP provides a single entry point for information compiled by the WTO on trade policy measures.


United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards

UNFSS provides information and analysis on voluntary sustainability standards (VSS), with a focus on the potential value of VSS as tools for developing countries to achieve their sustainable development goals.


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