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.

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 (now known as Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Zambia  10 February 1982
Zimbabwe  11 July 1948