Topic outline

This course provides trends of Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) and descriptions of RTAs provisions on policy areas relevant to agricultural trade, comparing them to those in multilateral trade agreements.


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 definition and main trends of RTAs, motivations of concluding such Agreements and potential issues.
  • How RTAs deal with market access issues such as tariffs, Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQs), Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures (SPS) and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) measures.
  • RTA provisions on export restrictions, export duties and rules of origin, in particular with regards to agricultural products.

The course consists of 3 lessons, ranging from approximately 25 to 45 minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1: Trends in RTAs
  • Lesson 2: RTA provisions on tariffs, TRQs, SPS and TBT
  • Lesson 3: RTA provisions on export restrictions, export duties and Rules of Origin

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

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