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The 128 countries that had signed GATT by 1994

On 1 January 1995, the WTO replaced GATT, which had been in existence since 1947, as the organization overseeing the multilateral trading system. The governments that had signed GATT were officially known as  “GATT contracting parties”. Upon signing the new WTO agreements (which include the updated GATT, known as GATT 1994), they officially became known as “WTO members”.

The list below is historical. It contains the 128 GATT signatories as at the end of 1994, together with the dates they signed the agreement.  Click here to see the up-to-date list of WTO members.

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Angola    8 April 1994
Antigua and Barbuda    30 March 1987
Argentina    11 October 1967
Australia    1 January 1948
Austria    19 October 1951
Bahrain    13 December 1993
Bangladesh    16 December 1972
Barbados    15 February 1967
Belgium    1 January 1948
Belize    7 October 1983
Benin    12 September 1963
Bolivia    8 September 1990
Botswana    28 August 1987
Brazil    30 July 1948
Brunei Darussalam    9 December 1993
Burkina Faso    3 May 1963
Burundi    13 March 1965
Cameroon    3 May 1963
Canada    1 January 1948
Central African Republic    3 May 1963
Chad    12 July 1963
Chile    16 March 1949
Colombia    3 October 1981
Congo, Republic of    3 May 1963
Costa Rica    24 November 1990
C˘te d'Ivoire    31 December 1963
Cuba    1 January 1948
Cyprus    15 July 1963
Czech Republic    15 April 1993
Denmark    28 May 1950
Djibouti    16 December 1994
Dominica    20 April 1993
Dominican Republic    19 May 1950
Egypt    9 May 1970
El Salvador    22 May 1991
Fiji    16 November 1993
Finland    25 May 1950
France    1 January 1948
Gabon    3 May 1963
The Gambia    22 February 1965
Germany    1 October 1951
Ghana    17 October 1957
Greece    1 March 1950
Grenada    9 February 1994
Guatemala    10 October 1991
Guinea    8 December 1994
Guinea Bissau    17 March 1994
Guyana    5 July 1966
Haiti    1 January 1950
Honduras    10 April 1994
Hong Kong    23 April 1986
Hungary    9 September 1973
Iceland    21 April 1968
India    8 July 1948
Indonesia    24 February 1950
Ireland    22 December 1967
Israel    5 July 1962
Italy    30 May 1950
Jamaica    31 December 1963
Japan    10 September 1955
Kenya    5 February 1964
Korea, Republic of    14 April 1967
Kuwait    3 May 1963
Lesotho    8 January 1988
Liechtenstein    29 March 1994
Luxembourg    1 January 1948
Macao    11 January 1991
Madagascar    30 September 1963
Malawi    28 August 1964
Malaysia    24 October 1957
Maldives    19 April 1983
Mali    11 January 1993
Malta    17 November 1964
Mauritania    30 September 1963
Mauritius    2 September 1970
Mexico    24 August 1986
Morocco    17 June 1987
Mozambique    27 July 1992
Myanmar, Union of    29 July 1948
Namibia    15 September 1992
Netherlands    1 January 1948
New Zealand    30 July 1948
Nicaragua    28 May 1950
Niger    31 December 1963
Nigeria    18 November 1960
Norway    10 July 1948
Pakistan    30 July 1948
Papua New Guinea    16 December 1994
Paraguay    6 January 1994
Peru    7 October 1951
Philippines    27 December 1979
Poland    18 October 1967
Portugal    6 May 1962
Qatar    7 April 1994
Romania    14 November 1971
Rwanda    1 January 1966
Senegal    27 September 1963
Sierra Leone    19 May 1961
Singapore    20 August 1973
Slovak Republic    15 April 1993
Slovenia    30 October 1994
Solomon Islands    28 December 1994
South Africa    13 June 1948
Spain    29 August 1963
Sri Lanka    29 July 1948
Saint Kitts and Nevis    24 March 1994
Saint Lucia    13 April 1993
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines    18 May 1993
Suriname    22 March 1978
Swaziland, Kingdom of    8 February 1993
Sweden    30 April 1950
Switzerland    1 August 1966
Tanzania    9 December 1961
Thailand    20 November 1982
Togo    20 March 1964
Trinidad and Tobago    23 October 1962
Tunisia    29 August 1990
Turkey    17 October 1951
Uganda    23 October 1962
United Arab Emirates    8 March 1994
United Kingdom    1 January 1948
United States of America    1 January 1948
Uruguay    6 December 1953
Venezuela    31 August 1990
Yugoslavia    25 August 1966
Zaire    11 September 1971
Zambia    10 February 1982
Zimbabwe    11 July 1948