Preventing International Trade Barriers
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".
In your business, you would certainly anticipate problems in order to avoid them. The same goes for regulatory barriers: if you export a product, you probably prefer to be alerted early about of new technical requirements applying to that product. In the EU, the internal market ensures that products move freely. But what if you are exporting outside the EU, in third countries?
The WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade is here to help you.
- It helps EU economic operators to get acquainted with rules applying to products in third countries (see section "being informed");
- It allows unnecessary technical obstacles to international trade to be detected and removed at source, often with your contribution (see section "being heard").
As from today you can use our automatic alert system, by subscribing to one or more notification categories. TBT will automatically notify you via e-mail as soon as a new notified text is received in the category/ies you selected.
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