Customs duties on merchandise imports are called tariffs. Tariffs give a price advantage to locally-produced goods over similar goods which are imported, and they raise revenues for governments. One result of the Uruguay Round was countries’ commitments to cut tariffs and to “bind” their customs duty rates to levels which are difficult to raise. The current negotiations under the Doha Agenda continue efforts in that direction in agriculture and non-agricultural market access.

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Data on WTO members' tariffs are of two types:

  • Bound rates (the ceiling rates as listed in members’ “schedules” or lists of commitments)

  • Applied rates (the rates members currently charge, which can be lower than the bound rates).

WTO tariff databases contain both bound and applied rates. Options for accessing and searching the databases can be found here.

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> Goods schedules gateway
> Current situation of goods schedules
> The “Goods schedules and tariff data” section on each member's page


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Information on disputes and customs duties and tariffs in the WTO Analytical Index.


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Statistics database — information on tariffs/customs duties by country.

Click “Trade profiles”, then “Selection” in left column. Choose the countries that interest you and click “Continue” to see details of tariff binding coverage, MFN tariffs and MFN duty free imports.


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