Topic outline

This course discusses the significance of Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) for international trade and it describes WTO agreements on such measures.


This course is designed primarily for representatives from governments, for example ministries of agriculture, trade, economy and other entities directly involved in trade negotiations and in the formulation and implementation of agricultural policies and programmes. Private sector participants such as representatives of producer organizations or agro-industry as well as researchers interested in agricultural policy and trade analysis will also benefit from the course.

  • The concept and significance of NTMs for international trade and market access,the principles and main provisions of the WTO Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) Agreement, and the function of the SPS Committee.
  • The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). the links between the Trade Facilitation Agreement and the SPS Agreement, and the objectives of the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade, as well as other WTO agreements that contain rules for trade-related procedures.

The course consists of 2 lessons, ranging from approximately 45 to 75 minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to NTMs in Agriculture and the WTO Agreement on the Application of SPS measures
  • Lesson 2: The WTO TFA, TBT Agreement and other related rules

The online version of this course runs on the latest versions of the major browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox.

The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed. 

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