Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade

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Syllabus of the Subject: WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)

  1. Introduction to the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)
  2. Technical regulations
  3. Standards
  4. Conformity assessment procedures
  5. Technical Barriers to Trade- Information Management System (TBT IMS)
  6. Analysis of the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)
  7. Legal text of the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade

The objectives of the Subject “Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)” are the following:

  1. Understand the pillars of the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)
  2. Know the concepts of the Technical regulations, Standards and Conformity assessment procedures
  3. An In-depth analysis of the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) to evaluate the implications for an exporting company

Example of the Online Subject - Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT):
Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)


The Subject “Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)” is part of the following Online Higher Education Programs taught by EENI Business School & HA University:
  1. Courses: Non-tariff Measures, Foreign Trade Management
  2. Diploma: International Trade
  3. Masters: International Business, Foreign Trade and Marketing, International Transport, Export Back Office
  4. Doctorate: Global Trade

Online Students, Master in International Business

Learning materials in Master in International Business in English Study Master Doctorate Business in Spanish Acuerdo sobre Obstáculos Técnicos al Comercio (OTC) Study, Master in International Business in French Accord sur les obstacles techniques au commerce (OTC) Masters Foreign Trade in Portuguese Acordo sobre as Barreiras Técnicas ao Comércio (OTC).

Area of Knowledge: Foreign Trade.





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Description of the Online Subject - Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT):

With the objective that the technical regulations (mandatory requirements), standards and conformity assessment procedures do not create Technical Barriers to Trade, nor that are discriminatory between the countries, the World Trade Organisation created the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (OTC).

This agreement is binding for all the member countries of the WTO.

The Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) belongs to the agreements on Non-tariff Measures of the WTO.

The Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade is in force since 1995, applies to the trade in goods (not applicable to the trade in services)

The agreement does not cover issues related to the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS), regulated by the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS). Both agreements are related.

Like other agreements of the World Trade Organisation, the principles of non-discrimination, predictability in the market access or preferential treatment for the developing countries are the pillars of the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT).

The TBT Committee of the World Trade Organisation is the body in charge of examining the special measures applied by the Governments as well as facilitating the implementation of the agreement.

Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT, Master)

Non-tariff Measures:

  1. Preshipment Inspection
  2. Agreement on Preshipment Inspection
  3. Anti-dumping Measures and Safeguards
  4. Agreement on Safeguards (SG)
  5. Import Licenses, Tariff-rate Quotas and Prohibitions
  6. Customs and the World Trade Organisation


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