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Trade Agreements Secretariat

By markelton, December 19, 2020

The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT 1994) originally defined free trade agreements that were to include only trade in goods. [5] An agreement with a similar purpose, namely the improvement of trade in services, is referred to as the “economic integration agreement” in Article V of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). [6] However, in practice, the term is now commonly used [by whom?] to refer to agreements that concern not only goods, but also services and even investments. Environmental provisions have also become increasingly common in international investment agreements, such as free trade agreements. [7]:104 The department deals with all matters relating to the ongoing negotiations on agriculture. In addition, the division supports the implementation of existing WTO rules and obligations in agriculture, including ensuring that the multilateral review process of these commitments by the Committee on Agriculture is organized and implemented effectively. The department`s work includes facilitating the implementation of the agreement on the application of sanitary and plant health measures, including through the management of the SPS committee. Other activities of the Division include supporting the implementation of the ministerial decision on the measures to be taken with regard to the potential negative effects of the reform programme on least developed developing countries and net food importers; issues related to trade in fisheries, forest products and natural resource products; Providing dispute resolution services in agriculture and SPS; Providing technical assistance in all areas in this area; Cooperation with other international organizations and the private sector. First, the parties that signed a free trade area applicable to trade with non-parties to that free trade area at the time of the creation of that free trade area must not be higher or more restrictive than tariffs and other rules applicable in the same signatory countries prior to the creation of the free trade area. In other words, the creation of a free trade area to give preferential treatment to their members is legitimate under WTO law, but parties to a free trade area are not allowed to treat non-parties less favourably than before the creation of the territory. A second requirement under Article XXIV is that tariffs and other trade barriers must be eliminated primarily for all trade within the free trade area.

[10] The trade agreement database provided by the ITC market access map.