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WTO Launches Database of International Trade Measures

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WTO Launches Trade Monitoring Database

The WTO currently produces two series of "trade monitoring reports":

Chinese EPS Requirements are in Conflict with GATS

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Chinese EPS Requirements are in Conflict with the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)

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Guide to the WTO Preferential Trade Arrangement Database

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WTO Launches PTA Database Website

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has created website that hosts a database of Preferential Trade Arrangements (PTAs). The database was database was established as an outcome of the decision establishing the Transparency Mechanism for PTAs. In the context of this decision, PTAs are understood to mean non-reciprocal preferential schemes. They are distinct from regional trade agreements (RTAs), which are covered by the Transparency Mechanism for RTAs.

General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade Dispute Open to the Public


WTO meeting on renewable energy dispute opened to the public

On March 27, 2012 at 3:00pm in Geneva there will be a public viewing of the proceedings of disputes DS412 and DS426. These disputes are “Canada – Certain Measures Affecting the Renewable Energy Generation Sector” and Canada – Measures Relating to the Feed-in Tariff Program”.

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Global Trade in Commercial Services Rises 12 percent


12% rise in commercial services trade suggests import export business is growing

The World Trade Organization released a statement that according to its latest data, world exports in commercial services are rising. Data shows that commercial services increased by 12% in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the third quarter of 2010.


WTO extends deadline for adoption of COOL requirements

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WTO extends adoption deadline for Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) dispute

The US, Canada, and Mexico requested an extension for the deadline to adoption or appeal of certain Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) Requirements (DS386).  The three countries requested that the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) of the WTO to adopt draft decisions WT/DS384/11 and WT/DS386/10. They cited the “current workload of the Appellate Body,” and suggested that “the draft DSB decision, if adopted, would provide greater flexibility in scheduling any possible appeal of the panel report in this dispute, which was circulated to WTO Members on 18 November 2011.”

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