Trade experts called on the member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to step up efforts to minimize the burdens that non-tariff measures (NTMs) place on businesses in the region.
ITC is to carry out a large-scale business survey to document experiences of Nepali exporters facing NTMs. ITC is also to develop four national-level sector export strategies (SES) for the Government of Nepal.
Putting in place predictable trade-facilitation rules and regulations is critical to raising the export potential of SMEs, but to deliver real benefits to SMEs, countries must implement the regulations. This was the conclusion of a side event organized by the International Trade Centre (ITC) as part of the Astana Economic Forum.
Thirty-seven percent of Indonesian exporters and importers are affected by trade-restricting measures, according to a survey of nearly 1,000 Indonesian companies by the International Trade Centre (ITC) published this week.
An ITC survey of 500 businesses in key export sectors points to major obstacles to trade, including lengthy product registrations, excessive certification requirements and inconsistent customs procedures.
Thanks to the new funding, ITC’s Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) programme will continue to identify NTM-related obstacles to trade and make policy recommendations to countries on how to address these obstacles and increase exports.
In 2010 ITC investigated the incidence of NTMs that Burkinabe companies faced at the international and regional level. The survey revealed that the majority of Burkinabe companies (60%) run into NTM hurdles.
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Identify what are the major types of regulatory and procedural obstacles to trade that companies face, why they are perceived as burdensome and where do these difficulties occur.