Topics handled by WTO committees and agreements
Issues covered by the WTO’s committees and agreements

SERVICES: SECTOR BY SECTOR
Architectural and engineering services

The sector includes work by engineering firms to provide blueprints and designs for buildings and other structures and by engineering firms to provide planning, design, construction and management services for building structures, installations, civil engineering work and industrial processes. As a result of the Uruguay Round and subsequent accessions to the WTO by new members 70 members have made commitments in this sector.

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The current negotiations back to top

Currently, architectural and engineering services, like all services are included in the new services negotiations, which began January 2000.

  
  
The mandate back to top

Principles of trade in architectural and engineering services are contained, like for all services, in the GATS.

 
  

Current commitments and exemptions
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As a result of the Uruguay Round and subsequent accessions to the WTO by new members 70 members have made commitments in this sector.

For consolidated information on countries’ commitments and exemptions on architectural and engineering services go to the services database. If you are seeking the commitments of a specific WTO member, go to “Jump to a specific sector for a given Member”, select Professional services from the sector dropdown list, select the Member of interest and click “go”. To see a table showing which Members have made commitments in architectural and engineering services choose “See which Members have made commitments in a specific sector”, select Professional services and click “go”.

  
  
Documents on architectural and engineering services back to top

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  • Secretariat background paper on architectural and engineering services (Document code S/C/W/* and keyword “architectur* and Background Note”)     > search     help

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