Online course on non-tariff measures and their relevance during the COVID-19 pandemic, 1st edition in Spanish

29 March - 16 April 2021

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 policymakers, importers and exporters.

Many NTMs have primarily non-trade objectives, such as the protection of public health or the environment, yet they may affect trade and can unintentionally become discriminatory against smaller exporters and poorer countries. It is therefore important for developing countries to understand the use of NTMs and their implications for the formulation and implementation of effective development strategies.

Comprehensive, systematic and reliable information about NTMs is scarce and difficult to obtain. In this context, the Trade Analysis Branch of UNCTAD has developed an online training course, together with ALADI (, that provides a comprehensive overview of NTMs entirely in Spanish language, namely on the NTM classification of the Multi-Agency Support Team, an NTM data collection approach and the effects of NTMs on trade and development.

The course constitutes a useful base of knowledge and skills for policymakers, researchers and trade practitioners working with NTMs. As the world experiences an unprecedented crisis due to COVID-19, various countries have responded by implementing new import and export measures. This makes NTMs more important than ever. The course offers a dedicated discussion forum on this issue.

To apply, please follow these instructions. The deadline for applications is 25 March 2021 (11 p.m. GMT). Applications received thereafter or incomplete applications will not be considered.

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Sponsor / funding:
Development Account response to COVID-19



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