Schedules of commitments and lists of Article II exemptions

During the Uruguay Round of negotiations (1986-1994), participating countries made market-access commitments and exemptions on a number of services sectors at the same time.

These commitments and exemptions are contained in their original services schedules.

After the Uruguay Round, sectoral negotiations took place in the WTO: on the movement of natural persons (1995), on telecommunications (1997) and on financial services (1997). During the sectoral negotiations, participating countries took new commitments specifically in those sectors. These new schedules replaced the corresponding section in the original schedules.

Not all WTO members participated in the sectoral negotiations.

All new members submit a list commitments and exemptions.

Commitments and exemptions of European Union (more info) members are found under “European Communities”, except for:

  • the 1993-1995 commitments of Austria, Finland and Sweden, who joined the EU in 1995,
  • the ten countries which joined the EU on May 1, 2004.


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Technical clarifications

How to read a schedule

What is a commitment?

What is a MFN exemption?


I-TIP-Services Portal
A set of linked databases that provides information on Members' commitments under the WTO's General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), services commitments in regional trade agreements (RTA), applied measures in services, and services statistics.