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Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT & SPS Agreements)

The Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) is an international treaty administered by the World Trade Organization (WTO). The TBT ensures that WTO member-states' technical regulations, standards, testing, and certification procedures do not create unnecessary obstacles to trade. It does not ban rules created for legitimate purposes, such as consumer or environmental protection. The Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS), similarly limits trade requirements relating to food safety (bacterial contaminants, pesticides, inspection, and labeling), and animal and plant health (phytosanitation) rules on pests and diseases.

In the U.S., the National Center for Standards and Certification Information (DOC/NIST) maintains a website, which offers U.S. citizens, industries, and organizations email notifications of opportunities to review and comment on proposed foreign technical regulations that can affect their businesses and their access to international markets (https://tsapps.nist.gov/notifyus/data/index/index.cfm). Various agencies publish Federal Register documents that relate to TBT and SPS issues.

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