Trade in Services

An Answer Book for Small and Medium-Sized Exporters

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Services have played an important role in world trade for centuries. However, in the past 40 years, the focus of the services trade has shifted away from facilitating the trade in goods to trading in the services themselves. Dramatic changes in communications and transportation technologies have made this possible. While exporters of goods and services face similar challenges, services exporters have to deal with unique issues, many related to their intangible nature. This guide addresses these issues and offers practical and relevant advice to small and medium-sized enterprises to help them improve their export performance or enter new markets.

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What should I do if I think that my exports of services are being unfairly blocked in foreign markets?

You should report the situation to the government ministry or agency responsible for your country’s international trade in services. Though private firms have no direct access to WTO, any member government which feels that its services sector is being treated unfairly or discriminated against by other Members can bring the matter before the WTO dispute settlement mechanism.

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