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Facilitating trade through regulatory cooperation

The case of the WTO’s TBT/SPS Agreements and Committees

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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) & World Trade Organization (WTO)
July 2019

104 pages


This publication highlights how the WTO’s Agreements on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) and the work of their related committees promote opportunities for regulatory cooperation among governments, and ease trade frictions. It demonstrates how members’ notification of draft measures, harmonisation of measures with international standards, discussion of specific trade concerns and other practices help to facilitate global trade in goods. The study also makes recommendations on how to benefit further from the transparency and cooperation opportunities provided by the TBT and SPS Agreements.

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