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The WTO TBT Agreement ISO CASCO/DEVCO – BIS Regional Workshop on Certification and Conformity Assessment: Building Confidence for Developing Countries New Delhi, 6-7 December 2004 Erik Wijkström WTO Trade and Environment Division [email protected] +41 22 7395729.

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The WTO TBT AgreementISO CASCO/DEVCO – BIS Regional Workshop on Certification and Conformity Assessment: Building Confidence for Developing CountriesNew Delhi, 6-7 December 2004Erik Wijkström WTO Trade and Environment [email protected]+41 22 7395729

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Allow: regulatory autonomy (legitimate objectives)

Avoid: unnecessary barriers to trade

Use: international standards!

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Overall, import weighted tariff on

industrial products

≈ 40%

> 4%

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%

tariffs

1947

2004

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NTBs

%

tariffs

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1947

2004

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TBT

SPS

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Non-discriminationMFN, NT…

“like product”

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Unnecessary barriers to trade

Balance between pursuing a regulatory policy objective (choice of measure) and discouraging Members from adopting or maintaining measures that unduly restrict trade

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Technical Regulations

Standards

Conformity Assessment Procedures

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Definition (Annex 1 of TBT Agreement)

3. Conformity assessment proceduresAny procedure used, directly or indirectly, to determine that relevant requirements in technical regulations or standards are fulfilled.Explanatory noteConformity assessment procedures include, inter alia, procedures for sampling, testing and inspection; evaluation, verification and assurance of conformity; registration, accreditation and approval as well as their combinations.

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TBT Committee work programme on CAPTriennial Review: November 2003(G/TBT/12, paras 29-41)

“With a view to improving Members\' implementation of Articles 5-9 of the Agreement and promoting a better understanding of Members’ conformity assessment systems, the Committee agrees to the following work programme ...”

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Why?

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TBT Committee work programme on CAP

Not new: approaches discussed before

“renewed emphasis”

To do what?

Workshop

early 2006

SDoC

Other

Accreditation

SDoC Workshop

21 March 2005

4th TR, end- 2006

Special Meeting

29 June 2004

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Definition

Principles

Summing up on CAP

Work program(experiences with implementation)

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forum

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specific trade concerns

horizontal issues

“TBTTriennial Reviews”(Article 15.4)

technical assistance

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“specific trade concerns”

Request explanation / clarification from Enquiry Point

Bilateral consultations

Raise issue at TBT Committee meeting

Request formal consultations (Dispute Settlement)

(Solution)

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EC – Sardines (2002)

EC – Trade Description of Sardines (Peru)(first TBT case)

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Summing up

NTBs are growing in importance

Quality and safety key competitive factors today

TBT and SPS Agreements are relevant and important

Basic principles are familiar: MFN, NT, etc.

Key in TBT: use of international standards

“renewed emphasis” on CAP

Work Programme CAP in 3rd TR

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