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    The International Trade Centre's (ITC) programme on NTMs aims at increasing transparency and help countries better understand obstacles to trade faced by the business community. In close collaboration with national and regional stakeholders, ITC is engaged in a multi-agency initiative that assists countries in finding solutions tailored to meet their specific needs.

    Non-tariff measures (NTMs) are of particular concern to exporters and importers in developing countries, as they are a major impediment to international trade and can prevent market access. Exporting companies seeking access to foreign markets and companies importing products need to comply with a wide range of requirements including technical regulations, product standards and customs procedures.

    The programme is in line with the ITC corporate strategy to focuses on the areas of expertise in which it can have the greatest impact. ITC’s integrated solutions concentrates around a core set of six focus areas to ensure effectiveness. These six focus areas represent a coherent set of interventions with corresponding programmes that are adapted and customised into client-focused solutions.

    The NTM programme falls under the ITC’s focus area, “Trade and market intelligence for SME competitiveness”, that promotes transparency in trade and business intelligence to facilitate decision-making. Solutions to trade obstacles offered fall under other focus areas.

    The ITC programme on NTMs is composed of three main components:

    1. NTM Business Surveys: Large-scale surveys of exporters and importers to better understand their experiences with regulatory and procedural obstacles to trade.
    2. Regulatory Mapping: Collection, classification and dissemination of trade related rules and regulations.
    3. Follow-up Actions: Design and implementation of activities necessary to address companies’ difficulties with NTMs 

    More information on NTMs and ITC activities is available here: ITC's programme on NTMs.

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    ITC offers an interactive platform to analyse the results of the NTM Surveys as well as learn more about NTMs and ITC's work in this field. The platform enables its users to explore and compare results based on over 14,000 interviews with companies in 25 countries. Data for new countries will be incorporated as they become available.

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    Upon request, ITC also offers capacity building programmes in the area of NTMs, in particular with regards to technical regulations. If you are interested in finding out more or would like to receive more information on the survey methodology, contact us at ntm@intracen.org.

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    ITC’s programme on NTMs is co-funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).
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