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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


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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.


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.


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