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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Where can I find more information on quality standards relevant to my industry?

The first step is to contact the national standards body (NSB) in your country, which will generally have a standards information centre. NSBs keep a collection of their own standards, and they frequently maintain collections of national, regional and international standards from bodies such as the British Standards Institution (BSI) or the Association française de normalisation (AFNOR).

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