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Background Papers

Background papers: selected WTO documents which provide a basic introduction to key topics monitored by the Secretariat


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  • Accession to the WTO
  • Agriculture
  • Aid for Trade
  • Anti-dumping
  • Balance-of-Payments Restrictions
  • Bibliographies & Glossaries
  • Climate change
  • Competition policy
  • Customs Valuation
  • Dispute Settlement
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Government procurement
  • Import Licensing
  • Information Technology Products
  • Intellectual Property
  • Market Access
  • Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Notifications
  • Preshipment Inspection
  • Regional integration
  • Rules of Origin
  • Safeguards
  • Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
  • State Trading
  • Subsidies and Countervailing Measures
  • Technical Barriers to Trade
  • Textiles and Clothing
  • Trade and Development
  • Trade and Environment
  • Trade and Finance
  • Trade Facilitation
  • Trade in Services
  • Transfer of Technology
  • WTO Rules