Highlights from last report

discussed by the WTO Members on 9 December 2016

  • The persistent challenges faced by the international economy in 2016 continue to weigh on international trade flows.

  • The stock of trade restrictions introduced by WTO Members since 2008 continues to rise and has increased by almost 17% compared to the previous annual Report. Of the 2,978 trade-restrictive measures recorded for WTO Members since 2008, only 740 (25%) had been removed by mid-October 2016.

  • The number of new trade-restrictive measures being introduced remains worryingly high given continuing global economic uncertainty and the WTO's downward revision of its trade forecasts, predicting 1.7% world merchandise trade volume growth in 2016, from its earlier forecast of 2.8%. If this revised forecast is realized, this would mark the slowest pace of trade and output growth since the financial crisis of 2009.

  • WTO Members continue to apply measures aimed at facilitating trade, including in the context of the expanded Information Technology Agreement.

  • The trade-remedy investigations initiated by WTO Members per month during the review period, was found to be the highest since 2009. Moreover, the monthly average of trade- remedy terminations is the lowest since the beginning of the monitoring exercise.

  • WTO Members must work together to resist protectionist pressures and to ensure that the benefits of trade are spread more widely and are better understood. A failure to make the case for inclusive trade could pave the way to increased protectionism in the future.

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: 9 December 2016
Next update expected by mid-July 2017

Trade monitoring