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A Handbook on Reading WTO Goods and Services Schedules

ISBN13: 9780521706827
Published: April 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £28.99

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This is a detailed guide on how to read WTO Schedules of Commitments for Goods and Services. The Schedules are part of the Legal Texts of the WTO Uruguay Round Agreements. They comprise about 27,000 pages of specific commitments by 153 members of the WTO on market access conditions for their markets. Understanding how to interpret the Schedules is essential for anyone wishing to glean information for academic, official, or business purposes. Commissioned and reviewed by the WTO Secretariat, this is a unique guide to understanding the Schedules.

  • A detailed description is provided of information contained in goods and services schedules, helping to guide readers through fundamental concepts behind individual legal texts
  • Short and concise, which will benefit newcomers wanting to understand the workings of various components within the WTO system
  • Ease of use and accessibility are the priority over scholarly analysis and commentary

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1. Obligations on goods and services; 2. Modalities for the establishment of specific binding commitments under the reform programme; 3. Preparation of the Uruguay round schedules of concessions of market access; 4. Scheduling of initial commitments in trade in services; 5. Services sectoral classification list; 6. EC agricultural tariff commitments.