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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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Safeguard measure
Action taken to protect a specific industry from an unexpected build-up of imports generally governed by Article 19 of GATT.

Schedule of concessions
In general, a WTO member’s list of commitments on market access (bound tariff rates, access to services markets). Goods schedules can include commitments on agricultural subsidies and domestic support. Services commitments include bindings on national treatment.

State trading enterprises
Enterprises (whether or not state-owned or –controlled) with special rights and privileges not available to other entities, which influence through their purchases and sales the level or direction of imports and/or imports of particular products. 

Stockholm Convention

International environmental treaty, signed in 2001 and effective from May 2004, that aims to eliminate or restrict the production and use of persistent organic pollutants (POPs).



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