Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade


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Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade

A 1979 agreement by members of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade that sought to ensure that administrative processes (such as certifications, testing, and other regulations) do not become a barrier to international commerce. It set up a series of voluntary standards to expedite and homogenize these administrative processes to reduce risk and cost for exporters. See also: ISO.
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At the end of the Uruguay round of GATT in 1994, the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) was also adopted.
The WTO's Appellate Body ruled June 29 the COOL rules violate the WTO's Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade by treating imported livestock from Mexico and Canada less favorably than U.S.
Questions and answers on all aspects of quality control and management directed to exporters--cover technical regulations and standards, product certification, testing, metrology, quality management; explain ISO 9000, ISO 14000 and the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP); examine the value of accreditation and the reasons for its difficult implementation in developing countries; discuss the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade and its benefit for the business community.
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