Navigating Non-Tariff Measures

Insights from a Business Survey in the European Union

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This work examines how non-tariff measures (NTMs) applied by the European Union’s major trading partners impacts EU exporters of goods—results are based on a survey of 8,100 companies from across 26 sectors in the EU’s 28 member states—describes the survey methodology; presents the main results obtained in terms of impact on EU companies, by type of NTM, effects on companies of different sizes, particularly micro, small and medium-sized enterprises; draws conclusions on the importance of the role of the EU’s negotiating agenda and implementation work to facilitate international trade. It includes survey data statistics and bibliographical references.



Foreword International Trade Centre

Trade in the 21st century faces fewer traditional tariffs, but has seen a proliferation of rules and regulations that affects the movement of goods and services. These non-tariff measures (NTMs) can play an important role in addressing safety and environmental issues. Yet, many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are unable to recognize or meet many of these standards. By enhancing the transparency of these measures, we can go a long way in helping businesses to navigate this new global trade landscape.


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