Highlights from last report

discussed by the WTO Members on 4 December 2017

  • WTO Members applied 108 new trade-restrictive measures during the review period from mid October 2016 to mid-October 2017. This equates to an average of nine measures per month compared to fifteen in the previous annual overview report.

  • WTO Members implemented 128 measures aimed at facilitating trade over this review period. This equates to an average of almost 11 trade facilitating measures per month which remains significantly lower than the monthly average of 18 recorded in the previous annual overview.

  • WTO Members continue to implement more trade-facilitating than trade-restrictive measures, a trend observed over the past four years.

  • The estimated trade coverage of import facilitating measures is more than two times larger than that of import restricting measures. In addition, the import-facilitating measures implemented during the review period in the context of the ITA Expansion Agreement are estimated at around US$385 billion or 2.4% of the value of world merchandise imports.

  • The review period saw a slight deceleration both in initiations of investigations and in terminations of trade remedy measures, compared to the previous annual overview and to the whole of 2016. , although the amount of trade covered is relatively small.

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: 4 December 2017
Next update expected by early-July 2018

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