World Trade Organization

WTO Members Appoint New Chair Of Agriculture Talks

Ambassador Ford replaces Kenya’s Ambassador Stephen Ndung’u Karau. He thanked his predecessor for investing enormous energy and wisdom in guiding members in the agriculture negotiations in the run up to last year’s  Buenos Aires Ministerial...Read More

WTO Launches Call For Proposals For 2018 Public Forum

This year’s Public Forum will focus on how technology is changing the way we trade and will assess how trade can continue to contribute to job creation, growth and sustainable development, particularly in the context of the Sustainable Deve...Read More

Korea Files Appeal Against WTO Panel Ruling Regarding Japanese Food Import Restrictions

Further information will be available within the next few days in documents WT/DS495/8 Parties to a dispute can appeal a panel’s ruling. Appeals have to be based on points of law, such as legal interpretation — they cannot re-open factual f...Read More

China Initiates WTO Dispute Complaint Against US Tariffs On Steel, Aluminium Products

China claims the duties of 25% and 10% on imports of steel and aluminium products respectively are inconsistent with provisions of the WTO’s General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994 and of the Agreement on Safeguards. The duties h...Read More

WTO Trade Forecasts: Press Conference

Remarks by DG Azevêdo Welcome everyone. Good morning You’ve all seen the press release, so I’ll just highlight some of the key points as I see them – and say a few words about the broader context. The outlook that we are publishing today is...Read More

Strong Trade Growth In 2018 Rests On Policy Choices

MAIN POINTS World merchandise trade volume is expected to grow 4.4% in 2018, accompanied by GDP growth of 3.2% at market exchange rates. Faster trade expansion is being driven by stronger economic growth across regions, led by increased inv...Read More

WTO Issues Panel Report Regarding Korean Duties On Pneumatic Valves From Japan

[unable to retrieve full-text content] On 12 April the WTO circulated the panel report in the case brought by Japan in “Korea — Anti-Dumping Duties on Pneumatic Valves from Japan” (DS504). Publication  World Trade Organization [5F] Core Ser...Read More

DG Azevêdo Tells Ministers In India: This Is The Time To Show Our Support For The Trading System

The Director-General said: “I want to thank the Indian government, and Minister Prabhu in particular, for convening this Informal Ministerial meeting. I am very pleased that India has taken this step, which comes at a key moment in global t...Read More

DDG Wolff: International Regulatory Co-operation Key To Managing Trade Frictions

The Daily Work of the WTO Contributes to International Well-being Remarks of Alan Wm. Wolff –Deputy Director-General, WTO TBT Side Event on International Regulatory Co-operation (IRC) Organized by the Delegation of Chile to the WTO My thank...Read More

DG Azevêdo In India: Flexibility Is The Essential Ingredient For The Global Trading System

Director General of the CII, Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, President Shobana Kamineni, Special Secretary Anup Wadhawan, Ambassador Deepak, Leaders of Indian industry, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen, Good afternoon. I am pleased to be ...Read More

United States Initiates WTO Complaint Against India Over Export Subsidy Programmes

The United States claims the measures appear to be inconsistent with Article 3.1(a) of the WTO’s Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (SCM Agreement), and that India appears to have acted inconsistently with Article 3.2 of the...Read More

DG Azevêdo: Better Data Needed To Make Trade Work For Women’s Economic Empowerment

“If we are going to make trade and development policies more gender-responsive, a first step is to improve our understanding of how these issues intersect with trade policies in key areas,” DG Azevêdo said. He pledged that the WTO would con...Read More