Highlights from last report

discussed by the WTO Members on 24 July 2017

  • WTO Members implemented 74 new trade-restrictive measures during the review period (mid-October 2016 and mid-May 2017), amounting to almost 11 new measures per month. This represents a significant decrease over the previous period and marks the lowest monthly average since 2008.

  • WTO Members applied 80 measures aimed at facilitating trade over this review period. This equates to an average of over 11 new measures per month which is the second lowest monthly average since trade monitoring began in 2008.

  • The estimated trade coverage for trade-facilitating import measures significantly exceeded the estimated trade coverage of trade restrictive import measures.

  • Initiations of trade remedy investigations represented 44% of the total number of trade measures taken during the review period; although the amount of trade covered is relatively small.

  • Faced with continuing global economic uncertainties, WTO Members should seek to continue improving the global trading environment and show leadership in reiterating their commitment to open and mutually beneficial trade, as a key driver of economic growth and a major engine for prosperity.

Key findings from last report

Executive summary from last report and from previous report

The database provides information on trade measures implemented by WTO members and observers since October 2008. The data is taken from the regular Trade Monitoring Reports prepared by the WTO Secretariat. All information is submitted to the relevant delegation for confirmation; information that it is not confirmed is clearly indicated in the database. The database is updated every time a new report has been discussed by WTO members.

Last update: 24 July 2017
Next update expected by early-December 2017

Trade monitoring