Highlights from last report

discussed by the WTO Members on 11 December 2018

  • WTO Members applied 137 new trade-restrictive measures during the review period from mid-October 2017 to mid-October 2018. This equates to an average of 11 new measures per month, which is higher compared to the average of nine measures recorded in the previous annual overview.

  • The trade coverage of the import-restrictive measures (USD 588.3 billion) is more than seven times larger than that recorded in the previous annual overview.

  • During the review period WTO Members also implemented 162 measures aimed at facilitating trade. At close to 14 trade-facilitating measures per month, this is an increase compared to the average of 11 measures recorded in the previous annual overview.

  • The trade coverage of the import-facilitating measures (USD 295.6 billion) has also risen significantly during this period and is 1.8 times larger than the figure reported in the previous annual overview, but half that of trade-restrictive measures.

  • While WTO Members continued to implement trade-facilitating measures, the figures show a significant increase in trade coverage of trade-restrictive measures. This provides a first factual insight into the trade-restrictive measures imposed in the context of current trade tensions.

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: 11 December 2018
Next update expected by July 2019

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