item: New edition of World Tariff Profiles issued
The description of the tariffs imposed by each economy on its imports is
complemented with an analysis of the market access conditions it faces
in its major export markets. The publication provides a comprehensive
picture of tariff and ad valorem equivalents in an abridged format.
This joint publication of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the United
Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the
International Trade Centre (ITC) is aimed at both specialists and
non-specialists alike. Numbers play a fundamental role in key areas of
trade negotiations. Perhaps more than in any previous multilateral round
of trade negotiations, “tariffs” and “formulas” have been at the core of
the Doha negotiations.
The standardized presentation allows for analyses and comparisons
between countries and sectors and between bound and applied duties for
WTO members. However, a number of caveats apply when information is
highly aggregated and when estimates are used for calculating ad valorem
equivalents of non-ad valorem duties. The reader is advised to read the
methodological notes that precede the statistical tables. The standard
Harmonized System (HS) nomenclature
breakdown was chosen as the yardstick for most calculations so as to
avoid the very diverse breakdowns of national tariff line nomenclatures
affecting the comparability between bound and applied duties and across
The publication is presented in three main parts. The first part shows
summary statistics for all countries and territories for all products,
as well as a breakdown into agricultural and non-agricultural products.
The second part shows one full page for each of these countries and
territories, with disaggregation by sectors and duty ranges. It also
contains a section on the market access conditions faced in their
respective major export markets. The third part looks at the impact of
the changes in the HS on WTO members' schedules and includes a summary
table on concessions on other duties and charges (ODCs).
> Order printed copy