Anna Rybakova, Candidate of Biological Sciences, Deputy Head of Trade Barriers Analysis Department, International Trade and Integration (ITI) Research Center, presents an updated briefing note about trade measures implemented by WTO members as protection against the pandemic.
This publication is regularly updated. The present version in current as of 11 May 2020. See earlier publications by the same author about trade measures taken as protection against the coronavirus pandemic:
· In the «International trade and the pandemic» article, the author analyzes the information provided on the WTO website between 1 February and 15 April 2020. The author observes that over the said period WTO member states submitted a number of notifications about trade measures, of which the most common were sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS), technical barriers to trade (TBT), and export-related measures.
· In the «International trade and the pandemic. Analysis of trade measures» article, the author identifies two trends, also based on the data from the WTO website. First, the expert notes an increased level of activity concerning implementation of trade measures in the context of the pandemic. Second, the author comments on WTO members’ joint declarations about implementation of coordinated trade measures or about elimination of certain measures.
Between 27 April and 11 May 2020, the WTO member states submitted 31 notification about trade measures, of which 16 notifications were about SPS measures and 15 about TBT measures. Over the whole period under analysis, from 1 February to 11 May 2020, the WTO member states submitted a total of 121 notifications.
Read more in the «Analysis of trade measures implemented by the EU states and other WTO members between 27 April and 11 May 2020» article on our website.