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Glossary of terms for users of the WTO Quantitative Restrictions Website
General information

The QR Glossary intends to provide support material for users of the QR website. It covers terms specific to the QR website, as well as terms applying to customs tariffs and international trade in goods. It was prepared by the Market Access Division Secretariat under its own responsibility and without prejudice to the positions of Members and to their rights and obligations under the WTO.

 

The glossary has been compiled from both Secretariat and external sources.  While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, the Secretariat accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions in the material provided. In some instances, material from external sources has been changed slightly for editing purposes.

 

The term "country" in the glossary does not imply an expression of opinion by the WTO Secretariat concerning the status of any country, territory or area or the delimitation of its frontiers, or the rights and obligations of any WTO Member in respect of WTO agreements.


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National tariff line

A product, as defined by a country, beyond the 6-digit level of the HS nomenclature.



Non-automatic licensing
Licensing where approval is not granted in all cases. Used to administer namely trade restrictions such as quantitative restrictions or tariff rate quotas.

Non-tariff measures
Measures applied to international trade other than the tariffs. For example, quotas, licensing, voluntary export restraints.

Notification

A transparency obligation requiring member governments to report trade measures to the relevant WTO body if the measures might have an effect on other members.



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