World Trade Organization (WTO)

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business.

World Trade Organization (WTO)

The WTO is run by its member governments. All major decisions are made by the membership as a whole, either by ministers (who usually meet at least once every two years) or by their ambassadors or delegates (who meet regularly in Geneva).


WTO launches “International Trade and Market Access” interactive tool


World Trade Organization — Latest news

World Trade Organization — Latest news

Australia has become the first WTO member with export subsidies entitlements to eliminate them from its WTO schedule of commitments, in line with the landmark 2015 commitment by WTO members to eliminate farm export subsidies.
Author: WTO
Posted: May 23, 2017, 5:00 pm
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo praised Japan’s leadership in the multilateral trading system during his visit to Tokyo on 22 May, where he discussed the WTO’s future work with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, high-level government officials and private sector representatives.
Author: WTO
Posted: May 22, 2017, 6:00 pm
The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 22 May 2017, of the Dispute Settlement Body, which consists of all WTO members and oversees legal disputes among them. The meeting notice is circulated in the form of a document officially called an “airgram”.
Author: WTO
Posted: May 22, 2017, 5:00 pm
Author: WTO
Posted: May 22, 2017, 5:00 pm
Three Cornerstones for the Promotion of Free Trade
Author: WTO
Posted: May 22, 2017, 5:00 pm
Speaking at an APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) trade ministers’ meeting in Hanoi, Viet Nam, on 20 May, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo reported on the state of play in WTO work and on preparations for the WTO’s 11th Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, in December this year.
Author: WTO
Posted: May 22, 2017, 5:00 pm
Author: WTO
Posted: May 22, 2017, 5:00 pm
On 19 May, the Russian Federation notified the WTO Secretariat that it had requested WTO dispute consultations with Ukraine regarding alleged restrictions, prohibitions, requirements and procedures adopted and maintained by Ukraine in respect of trade in goods and services from Russia, as well as transit.
Author: WTO
Posted: May 19, 2017, 5:00 pm