NON-TARIFF BARRIERS

Non-tariff barriers are unjustifiable constraints on trade that result from measures other than tariffs. They constitute a significant obstacle to trade, especially in many developing countries. TULIP works on removing non-tariff barriers, with a particular focus in the following areas:

Trade facilitation

Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures

Rules of origin

Institutional frameworks to resolve NTB complaints

PROJECTS

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International Trade Centre

Sri Lanka 

TULIP advised the government of Sri Lanka and businesses on how to leverage existing preferences under the EU GSP+ trade preference scheme, in post-COVID 19 times. 

Click here for a newspaper article about the event

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Finnish Innovation Fund SITRA

Project on circular innovation and ecodesign in the textiles sector

Conducting a study on the circular economy transition in the textiles sector, with a particular focus on taking onboard the needs of developing countries. 

Click here to download the study. 

This study was launched at the WTO Public Forum 2022, and main take-aways from the session can be viewed here

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World Wildlife Fund (WWF) UK

Exploring implications of core environmental standards for the UK

Developing options for core environmental standards for pesticides nitrogen management applicable to UK imported agri-food products.

Click here to download the think piece. The full technical report is expected to be published in the fall of 2022. 

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Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Trade Agreements and the environment 

Writing a research paper analyzing the potential for technical barriers to trade and regulatory cooperation chapters in free trade agreement to advance environmental objectives. 

Click here to download the paper

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International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Analyzing the draft text of the ongoing negotiations on investment facilitation at the WTO with existing legal obligations. 

Click here to download the paper.

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International Trade Centre

Trade Facilitation and the AfCFTA

TULIP developed a research paper making the case for regional implementation of Trade Facilitation under the AfCFTA.

PUBLICATIONS