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WTO Launches New Import Licensing Platform

Saturday, 10 October 2020, 8:14 am | World Trade Organisation

Four years of work by the WTO Secretariat bore fruit with the launch on 9 October 2020 of the new import licensing database. The new platform gathers together import licensing information, analysis and reporting and streamlines notification procedures ... More >>

WTO Issues New Report On How COVID-19 Crisis May Push Up Trade Costs

Friday, 14 August 2020, 7:46 am | World Trade Organisation

The WTO Secretariat has published a new information note warning of possible increases to trade costs due to COVID-19 disruptions. The note examines the pandemic’s impact on key components of trade costs, particularly those relating to travel and transport, ... More >>

WTO Members Discuss Cotton Development Assistance, Impact Of COVID-19 On Cotton Trade

Saturday, 8 August 2020, 7:37 am | World Trade Organisation

At a meeting of the Director-General’s Consultative Framework Mechanism on Cotton on 30 July, the chair Deputy Director-General Alan Wm. Wolff reiterated the forum’s mandate to ensure transparency of development assistance programmes for cotton and ... More >>

WTO Members Push For Increased Transparency On COVID-19 Measures In Farm Trade

Friday, 7 August 2020, 7:21 am | World Trade Organisation

At a meeting of the Committee on Agriculture on 28 July, WTO members posed a record number of questions about each other’s farm measures. Australia and other members called for enhanced transparency on COVID-19 measures. In the subsequent information ... More >>

WTO Report Draws Attention To Impact Of COVID-19 Trade Disruptions On Women

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 7:09 am | World Trade Organisation

Women are likely to be harder hit than men by trade disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the dangers are particularly acute in developing countries according to a new information note from the WTO Secretariat. The paper points to how governments’ ... More >>

WTO Members Meet The Candidates For Director-General

Saturday, 18 July 2020, 8:01 am | World Trade Organisation

The eight candidates nominated for the post of WTO Director-General met with members on 15-17 July at a meeting of the General Council. Each candidate made a brief presentation to members, including their vision for the WTO, followed by a question-and-answer ... More >>

Peru Initiates WTO Dispute Complaint Against Brazil’s PET Duties, Tax Treatment Of Imports

Friday, 17 July 2020, 7:03 am | World Trade Organisation

Peru has requested World Trade Organisation (WTO) dispute consultations with Brazil concerning Brazil’s definitive anti-dumping measures on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film and tax treatment of imported products generally through the imposition ... More >>

New Webpage Examines Link Between Trade And Natural Disasters

Friday, 5 June 2020, 7:14 am | World Trade Organisation

The WTO has published a new webpage on trade and natural disasters to provide access to research papers and WTO-organized symposia dealing with this topic. The webpage collates research on the impact of natural disasters on countries’ trading capacity ... More >>

2020 WTO Public Forum Cancelled

Friday, 29 May 2020, 8:24 am | World Trade Organisation

After careful consideration of COVID-19 related uncertainties and health concerns, the WTO has decided to cancel this year’s WTO Public Forum, scheduled for 29 September to 2 October.  This decision responds to the complexities around planning ... More >>

Chair Of Agriculture Negotiations Announces He Will Step Down On 30 June

Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 7:32 am | World Trade Organisation

Chair of agriculture negotiations announces he will step down on 30 June. Photo: WTO At a virtual meeting of the Committee on Agriculture in Special Session on 25 May, the Chair of the Committee, Ambassador John Deep Ford (Guyana), informed WTO ... More >>

WTO Establishes Nomination Window For DG Selection

Thursday, 21 May 2020, 7:53 am | World Trade Organisation

WTO members have established a month-long period in which candidates seeking to succeed Roberto Azevêdo as Director-General may submit their nomination bids. General Council Chair David Walker of New Zealand informed members on 20 May the appointment ... More >>

WTO Goods Barometer Flashes Red As COVID-19 Disrupts World Trade

Thursday, 21 May 2020, 6:57 am | World Trade Organisation

WTO goods barometer flashes red as COVID-19 disrupts world trade. The Goods Trade Barometer provides real-time information on the trajectory of world merchandise trade relative to recent trends. The current reading captures the initial phases of the ... More >>

WTO DG Azevêdo Announces He Will Step Down On 31 August

Friday, 15 May 2020, 8:09 am | World Trade Organisation

At a virtual meeting of all WTO members on 14 May, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo announced that he would step down on 31 August, cutting his second term short by exactly one year. He said that bringing forward his departure would allow ... More >>

Heads Of WTO, WHO Cite Importance Of Open Trade In Ensuring Flow Of Vital Medical Supplies

Tuesday, 21 April 2020, 6:58 am | World Trade Organisation

Joint statement by WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus COVID-19 has rapidly progressed to become a global pandemic, causing unprecedented, far-reaching impact on the health, social and economic well-being ... More >>

WTO Members Discuss Use Of Virtual Platforms During COVID-19 Lockdown

Saturday, 18 April 2020, 7:55 am | World Trade Organisation

At a virtual meeting of all WTO members on 17 April, over 50 delegation heads took the floor to exchange views on the use of online discussions and written procedures to continue WTO work and decision-making during the COVID-19 lockdown. Director-General ... More >>

WTO Launches Call For Proposals For 2020 Public Forum

Wednesday, 8 April 2020, 7:44 am | World Trade Organisation

The WTO has issued a call for proposals for this year’s Public Forum, whose theme is ‘Building on 25 Years of the WTO’. Participants interested in organising sessions at the Forum, scheduled to take place from 29 September to 2 October, are invited ... More >>

WTO, WCO Chiefs Pledge Joint Efforts To Facilitate Trade In Essential Goods

Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 7:47 am | World Trade Organisation

WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and WCO Secretary General Dr. Kunio Mikuriya said the two organizations would work closely together to minimize disruption to cross-border trade in goods — in particular those essential to combat the COVID-19 ... More >>

UK notifies WTO on implications of withdrawal from the EU

Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 9:03 am | World Trade Organisation

The United Kingdom has notified the other 163 WTO members of its status in the organization given its withdrawal from the European Union on 1 February. In a document sent on 1 February, the United Kingdom explains the WTO-related implications of Brexit for ... More >>

WTO mourns the passing of former Director-General Mike Moore

Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 9:00 am | World Trade Organisation

Mike Moore, the third Director-General of the World Trade Organization, died on Sunday 2 February at his home in Auckland, New Zealand. More >>

In Davos, DG Azevêdo hears support for WTO reform

Saturday, 25 January 2020, 1:23 pm | World Trade Organisation

Director-General Roberto Azevêdo welcomed the strong support expressed at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week by ministers, heads of state, private sector and labour leaders for ongoing efforts to reform and reinforce the WTO to keep up with ... More >>