Standards as barriers to trade

Digby Gascoine
This trade brief discusses the significance of technical requirements as impediments to trade. These requirements are regulated in the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (the SPS Agreement) and the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (the TBT Agreement). The disciplines applied by these Agreements can greatly assist developing countries to enhance their export opportunities. Technical assistance is necessary to meet the legitimate technical requirements, and for developing countries to operate their own regimes of sanitary and phytosanitary protection and technical regulation.