Authors Posts by Gabriella Scelta

Gabriella Scelta

Provisions for LDCs in the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade

The Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement aims to ensure that technical regulations, standards and similar measures are do not create unnecessary obstacles to trade and are not...

Preferential Market Access: China’s DFQF Scheme for LDC Products

China's DFQF scheme for LDCs came into effect on 1 July 2010, and was renewed on 1 January 2015. Currently, the scheme covers 97...

Preferential Market Access: Morocco’s preferential treatment for LDCs

Since 1 January 2001, Morocco grants duty free access to 33 African LDCs on 61 products. Utilization by LDCs: In 2016, Morocco imported merchandise goods amounting...

Preferential Market Access: Iceland GSP

Iceland grants LDCs DFQF access under its GSP scheme since 29 January 2002. Unlike other developed countries, access to Iceland's GSP scheme is exclusive...

Global System of Trade Preferences among Developing Countries

The Global System of Trade Preferences among Developing Countries (GSTP) aims at promoting trade among developing countries. There are 42 country members of GSTP,...

Asia Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA)

The Asia Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA), previously the Bangkok Agreement, is a preferential tariff arrangement that aims at promoting intra-regional trade through the exchange...

South Asian Free Trade Area

The South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) is the free trade arrangement of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). The agreement came...

Preferential Market Access- Japan GSP

Japan provides for DFQF market access for imports from LDCs under its GSP scheme. The first Japanese GSP scheme came into place in 1971,...

Preferential Market Access- Switzerland GSP

Switzerland provides for DFQF access for imports from LDCs within its GSP scheme. The first Swiss GSP came into the place in 1972, whereas...

Preferential Market Access: Turkey GSP

Turkey provides DFQF access for LDCs under its GSP scheme  which entered into force on 1 January 2002. Its last renewal dates 1 January...

Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) and related decisions

The SPS Agreement addresses concerns on the application of food safety and animal and plant health regulations. The longer transition period granted to LDCs...

Agreement on Import Licensing: Allocation of non-automatic import licenses to traders...

The Agreement on Import Licensing Procedures seeks to ensure that import licensing regimes remain simple, transparent and predictable. For example, the agreement requires governments to publish...