release: WTO makes public all official GATT documents
Council Meeting of 15 May 2006 (part VI)
> GATT bilateral negotiating material by Round
> GATT bilateral negotiating material by Contracting Party
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GATT documents are identified by a “symbol” or code which is based on either the
issuing body or subject matter of the document. Unlike WTO document symbols,
GATT symbols are not hierarchical.
Documents for which no link appears are not available electronically
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* Documents for which no date could be identified have been given a
nominal date of 1/1/1940
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To do this you need to download the catalogue file
(5MB). You can then use the local search function of your browser to
search within titles/symbols by typing Ctrl-F and entering your search
Other sources of GATT documents back to top
A subset of GATT documents (including those from the Uruguay Round — about 4000 documents) is available in Documents Online. Click “Advanced search”, type “UR” into the collection field, then refine your search with other criteria if desired.
> help with downloading these documents
Documents exist in varying formats, depending on age and source and
method of scanning.
Paper versions of all official GATT documents can be consulted occasionally with prior request to WTO Archives.
PDF scan — image only
What you see on
your screen or printout is simply a scanned image of the paper
PDF scan with OCR
In addition to the scanned image this type of PDF
file contains text which is searchable. This is a useful addition,
but the text recognition is imperfect, so what you see and print is
still the scanned image of the paper document.
HTML — these are basic web page conversions in which most formatting
RFT/DCA and WPF — these are old word processor formats. You will need a
converter to open them in Word. > More info