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COVID-19 and world trade

The COVID-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented disruption to the global economy and world trade, as production and consumption are scaled back across the globe.

One of the most effective means of addressing this crisis is through timely, accurate information. An informed public is better positioned to make sound decisions including on questions related to trade. This is why we have created this dedicated page on the WTO website. It will provide up-to-the minute trade-related information including relevant notifications by WTO members, the impact the virus has had on exports and imports and how WTO activities have been affected by the pandemic.

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Trade forecast 2021

Frequently asked questions: The WTO and COVID-19

WTO reports on COVID-19 and world trade

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COVID-19: Trade and trade-related measures

COVID-19: Support measures

The table below lists the support measures taken by WTO members and observers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures have been submitted by delegations directly to the WTO Trade Monitoring Section in response to the requests by the Director-General in March 2020 and by Deputy Director-General Agah in September 2020. The list only includes measures communicated by members and observers and features measures only in the original language of the submission. The list is an informal situation report and an attempt to provide transparency with respect to support measures taken in the context of the COVID-19 crisis.

WTO members' proposals on COVID-19

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Enquiry points

In many areas of trade, WTO members are required to establish or maintain one or more “Enquiry Points” to answer reasonable enquiries of governments, traders and other interested parties and provide relevant documents and information. In emergency situations, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, access to information on product requirements and certification procedures can be crucial, as it can minimize or avoid delays or rejections at customs points.

WTO members' notifications on COVID-19

As of , WTO members had submitted a total of related to COVID-19.



WTO Trade Barometers

The WTO has developed a set of indicators to provide “real-time” information on trends in world trade: the Goods Trade Barometer and the Services Trade Barometer. Both barometers highlight turning points in world trade and are intended to complement conventional trade statistics and forecasts.

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Maintaining open trade

Pour combler le fossé mondial en matière de vaccination, il est nécessaire d’augmenter les capacités de production afin d’exporter davantage de vaccins vers les pays les plus pauvres. … Tous les Etats doivent éviter les mesures restrictives qui perturbent les chaînes d’approvisionnement des fabricants de vaccins dans d’autres pays. Nous devons également faciliter le transfert de connaissances et de technologies, afin que davantage de pays puissent produire des vaccins. … Notre action commune pour combler le fossé mondial en matière de vaccination contre la Covid-19 doit être la première étape sur le chemin de la véritable coopération globale dans le domaine de la santé prévue par la déclaration de Rome adoptée lors du sommet mondial sur la santé.

Josep Borrell, Vice-Président de la Commission européene
29 May 2021

La inmunidad mundial está lejos de lograrse. Mientras los países desarrollados pueden darse el lujo de sobre ofertar a sus ciudadanos la vacuna, los países en desarrollo evidencian déficit y el proceso de inoculación a su población es lento. La OMC tiene una nueva oportunidad, en un momento tan crítico para la humanidad, de hacer consistente la filosofía de la entidad (libre comercio) con la práctica de la misma.

Danilo Torres Reina, Director, la Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano
27 May 2021

The global COVID-19 pandemic will not be over anywhere until it is over everywhere. Canada will continue to work with its international partners and lead the Ottawa Group in strengthening global supply chains and accelerating the production and equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and related medical products so we can build back better from the pandemic.

Mary Ng, Canada's Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade
26 May 2021


Trade Facilitation and COVID-19: Report on Survey Results

This report compiles the findings of the joint COVID-19 survey carried out by TFAF, ICC and the Alliance.

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