Highlights from last report

(of 17 November 2015)

  • The stock of trade restrictions introduced by WTO Members since 2008 continues to rise.

  • Of the 2,557 trade restrictive measures introduced since October 2008, only 642 (25%) have been removed while the remaining 1,915 are still in place – up by almost 17% compared to the last annual overview. Members introduced 178 new trade-restrictive measures during the period between mid-October 2014 to mid-October 2015 (15 measures per month on average) and another 222 new trade-facilitating measures (19 measures per month on average).

  • Greater transparency is needed from Members in order to improve the understanding of the operation and effects of non-tariff barriers to trade.

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: 10 December 2015
Next update expected by end July 2016

Trade monitoring