Opening session of UNCTAD’s Non-tariff Measures Week 2018

Regulations on imported goods and products, either with the intention of limiting them, like quotas, or controlling them, like health and safety requirements, comprise a broad category of measures that can impact the scale and shape of trade with and between developing countries.

Voluntary standards with the aim of certifying sustainability credentials also fall into this category.

Such measures, called non-tariff measures (NTMs) by analysts to distinguish them from trade-restricting taxes levied on imports and exports took centre stage at UNCTAD’s Fourth NTM Week at the Palais des Nations in Geneva from 9 to 11 October.

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