World Trade Organization

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is an independent international organization headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, that sets and maintains the rules of global trade. Representatives from 159 member countries use the WTO framework to negotiate trade agreements, adjudicate trade disputes, and review national trade policies. By having a standard set of consistent and enforceable ground rules, international trade can prosper without facing barriers such as excessive tariffs, unfair regulations, and other obstacles. Countries participating in this freer global trade environment help expand the world economy and increase their own citizens’ level of prosperity.

FAS actively represents the interests of U.S. agriculture  in the WTO committees on Agriculture, Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Issues, and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)

Data and Analysis

On December 11, 2023, the People's Republic of China (PRC) Secretariat of National Food Safety Standard Review Committee of the National Health Commission (NHC) published an announcement soliciting public comments on 21 national food safety standards...
On October 25, 2023, China notified the National Food Safety Standard for Hygienic Specification for Catering Services of Railway Passenger Trains to the World Trade Organization (WTO) under G/SPS/N/CHN/1292. The proposed date of entry into force is...
On October 25, 2023, China notified the National Food Safety Standard for Nutritionally Complete Foods for Cancer Patients to the World Trade Organization (WTO) under G/SPS/N/CHN/1284. The proposed date of entry into force is to be determined...

News and Features

India has agreed to reduce tariffs on its imports of U.S. turkey, duck, cranberries and blueberries, creating new market opportunities for U.S. producers and exporters in the world’s most populous nation.
Secretary Tom Vilsack issued a statement regarding the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s announcement that India will remove retaliatory tariffs on certain agriculture products, restoring and expanding significant market opportunities for U.S. farmers.
Stakeholder Notice

Vietnam Lowers Tariffs on Corn, Wheat, Pork

The government of Vietnam has published a decree revising its most-favored nation tariff rates for corn, wheat and frozen pork.