The World Bank International Trade Department has just launched it’s Global Preferential Trade Agreement Database (GPTAD). The GPTAD provides information on preferential trade agreements (PTAs) around the world, including agreements that have not been notified to the World Trade Organization (WTO). It is designed to help trade policy makers, scholars, and business operators better understand and navigate the world of PTAs.
The GPTAD Database contains the original text of PTAs that have been notified to the WTO as well as agreements that have not yet been notified. The database is updated on a regular basis and currently comprises more than 330 PTAs. Agreements in the database have been indexed using a classification consistent with the WTO criteria. The GPTAD is a unique online tool that allows users to search PTAs around the world by provisions or keywords and to compare provisions across multiple agreements. The database can be searched according to the following categories:
- Duties and charges on imports
- Quantitative restrictions on imports
- Rules of origin
- Sanitary and phytosanitary measures
- Dispute settlement procedures
- Intellectual property
The Library provides the text of all agreements in their original language and archives them by key criteria. It enables users to sort PTAs by membership, date of signature, in-force status, and other key criteria. It also allows users to download and print PDF files of entire agreements.
The GPTAD is designed to be a valuable resource on PTAs for trade policy makers, scholars, and business operators around the world. To that end, the World Bank International Trade Department welcomes your input. If you are aware of bilateral or regional PTAs that are not included in the library or database, please contact us. The GPTAD is work in progress and we actively welcome and solicit your views and suggestions on how the site might be further improved and made more useful. Source: World Bank