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SPS in new trade facilitation agreement

2017-08-14

In a new report the National Board of Trade analyses how the new trade facilitation agreement affects WTO trade law in the sanitary and phytosanitary field.

The new WTO agreement on trade facilitation aims to reduce border inefficiencies. It is directed towards customs authorities, but authorities that perform border controls to prevent the spread of plant pests, animal diseases and food safety risks are also affected. The agreement reinforces existing rules in the area, but some principles and rules are new. New mandatory obligations that have a bearing on SPS measures deal with i.e. simplification, transparency and cooperation between authorities at the border.

Read the report: New Trade Facilitation obligations in the SPS area

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