Monday, March 19, 2012
[IWS] WTO: New! REGIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS DATABASE to go with PREFERENTIAL TRADE AGREEMENTS DATABASE [14 March 2012]
IWS Documented News Service
Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor---------------------- Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau
World Trade Organization (WTO)
[see press release far below]
REGIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS
Regional trade agreements (RTAs) have become increasingly prevalent since the early 1990s. As of 15 January 2012, some 511 notifications of RTAs (counting goods and services separately) had been received by the GATT/WTO. Of these, 319 were in force. What all RTAs in the WTO have in common is that they are reciprocal trade agreements between two or more partners. Information on RTAs notified to the WTO is available in the RTA Database.
The WTO also receives notifications from WTO members regarding preferential trade arrangements (PTAs). In the WTO, PTAs are unilateral trade preferences. Information on PTAs notified to the WTO is available in the PTA Database.
Welcome to the Regional Trade Agreements Information System (RTA-IS) [DATABASE]
LIST OF ALL REGIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS (RTAs)
PARTICIPATION IN RTAs by COUNTRY/TERRITORY
SEARCH by SELECTED CRITERIA
LIST OF ALL EARLY ANNOUNCED RTAs MADE TO THE WTO
CONSULT PRE-DEFINED REPORTS
Welcome to the Database on Preferential Trade Arrangements
This database contains information on the preferential trade arrangements (PTAs) that are being implemented by WTO Members. The 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. For further details on this database please consult the user guide and/or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
LIST OF PREFERENTIAL TRADE ARRANGEMENTS (PTAs)
SEARCH PTAs BY COUNTRY/TERRITORY
SEARCH PTA DOCUMENTATION
Press Release 14 March 2012
14 March 2012
REGIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS
WTO launches new database on preferential trade arrangements
After four years of negotiations and a year of work by WTO members on implementation measures and data collection, the WTO launched on 14 March 2012 a new publically available database on non-reciprocal preferential schemes.
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