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    Colombian institutions introduced to ITC’s Non-Tariff Measures Programme  thumbnail

    Colombian institutions were introduced to the International Trade Centre’s (ITC) Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) Programme, enabling them to better understand its scope, methodology and main objectives.Representatives of 12 institutions involved in various...

    Addressing women-specific trade constraints to unlock economic benefits in Africa thumbnail

    Increased participation of women in trade in Africa leads to economic diversification, increased regional trade and, ultimately, poverty reduction. However, women’s economic potential is held back by specific constraints, such as lack of access to information,...

    Heads of WTO, UNCTAD and ITC (en)

    The three Geneva-based trade agencies must cooperate effectively and offer complementary approaches to developing countries, the new heads of the agencies agreed. The leaders of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the United Nations Conference on Trade...


    A new study finds that close to half a million python skins are reported as exported annually from South-East Asia. The main importer is the European fashion and leather industry. The study raises concerns over the illegality in parts of the trade, animal welfare issues and the trade’s impact on the conservation of python populations.


    Sub-Saharan Africa could reap $35bn annually from trade facilitation and infrastructure investmentsThe International Trade Centre (ITC) today announced the findings of a major analysis of sub-Saharan Africa’s trade potential, which shows that the region...

    Easing the burden of non-tariff barriers

    Depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale, l’histoire des politiques commerciales a enregistré des progrès remarquables en termes de réduction des droits de douane.


    Au cours des dernières décennies, les accords commerciaux bilatéraux et multilatéraux ont permis de réduire les barrières tarifaires au commerce mondial. Parallèlement, on a vu proliférer les mesures non tarifaires (MNT) susceptibles d'entraver le commerce des biens et services aux plans local, régional et mondial, alors que de nombreuses entreprises peinent à se conformer à un ensemble de politiques de plus en plus complexe, voire à des normes techniques opaques. Aujourd'hui les MNT constituent les obstacles les plus importants au commerce mondial.

    Survey the scope of non-tariff measures

    Les enquêtes de l’ITC sur les mesures non tarifaires (MNT) donnent une idée détaillée des obstacles au commerce à l’échelle mondiale.

    Yanyong Phuangrach

    Global trade and barriers to trade were among the main topics at a visit to ITC by a delegation from Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce.


    As growth in the global economy has slowed, protectionist forces have persisted — even expanded — in the form of NTMs. Generally speaking, NTMs consist of anything that gets in the way of commerce, including administrative fees, paperwork, inspections,...

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