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Multilateral Approaches to Market Access Negotiations Countries 

Market access negotiations in merchandise trade at the multilateral level cover tariffs and non-tariff measures (NTMs). While tariffs have been substantially reduced in earlier rounds, they remain high in certain areas and further reductions involve a number of complex technical issues.

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No: TPRD-98-02 

Author:
Sam Laird 
World Trade Organization 

Manuscript date:   June 1998 

Abstract  Back to top

Market access negotiations in merchandise trade at the multilateral level cover tariffs and non-tariff measures (NTMs). While tariffs have been substantially reduced in earlier rounds, they remain high in certain areas and further reductions involve a number of complex technical issues. Some formulae approaches, not used in the Uruguay Round, seem more favourable to developing countries. Elimination or phased reductions of NTMs in agriculture is one of the main areas for further market access negotiations in trade in goods. However, most NTMs are now the subject to negotiations on the rules under which they may be applied, e.g. in the areas of contingency protection and technical barriers to trade. 

Keywords  Back to top

WTO, market access, trade negotiations, tariffs, non-tariff measures. 

JEL codes: [F13] 

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