GATT bilateral negotiating material by Round
During the GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) years, eight rounds of tariff negotiations were held between 1947 and 1994: Geneva (1947), Annecy (1949), Torquay (1950-51), Geneva (1956), Geneva (1960-61) - also known as the Dillon Round, the Kennedy Round (1964-67), the Tokyo Round (1973-79) and the Uruguay Round (1986-94).
In the first rounds, negotiations were conducted on a product-by-product basis (known as the "request/offer" approach), whereby GATT contracting parties exchanged lists of requests and offers on products of interest to them in order to reach agreement on tariff concessions. The bilateral records of these first four rounds are presented below, derestricted by the members concerned. All related documents of a particular bilateral negotiation (request, offer, agreements) have been compiled into a single PDF document. Documents can be browsed by round of negotiations or contracting parties.
> Outcome of the Bilateral Negotiation at Geneva 1947
> Outcome of the Bilateral Negotiation at Annecy 1949
> Outcome of the Bilateral Negotiation at Torquay 1950-1951
> Consolidated List of Tariff Concession at Geneva 1956
> Dillon Round 1960-61
> Kennedy Round 1964-67
> Tokyo Round 1973-79
In line with WTO's efforts to enhance transparency, Members have agreed to derestrict an important number of documents relating to earlier GATT Rounds of negotiations. 1
The derestricted material includes more than 5,000 records kept by the Secretariat, including bilateral requests, offers, and agreements negotiated using the "request and offer" approach".
The bilateral material has been scanned in a joint project with Stanford University Libraries to ensure its preservation.
1. For more background information on the subject please see minutes of the meetings of the Committee on Market Access (G/MA/M/52, G/MA/M/53, and G/MA/M/55) and the General Council Decision of 25 July 2013, "Derestriction of some GATT 1947 historical bilateral negotiating documentation" (WT/L/892).
* outstanding derestriction