Balance of payments

WTO members facing balance-of-payment difficulty may apply import restrictions under provisions in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994 and under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS).

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The provisions

Use of the balance of payments provisions in the WTO is governed by the following agreements, which can be downloaded or browsed from the legal texts gateway.


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Work on balance of payments in the WTO, and official documents

The Committee on Balance of Payments Restrictions consults with Members who maintain restrictions for balance-of-payments reasons. The current chair is .

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Balance of payments documents use the code WT/BOP/* (where * takes additional values)
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  • Annual reports of the Committee to the General Council (Document code WT/BOP/R/*)  > search
  • Background documents of the Committee on Balance-of-Payments Restrictions (Document code WT/BOP/S/* or WT/BOP/G/*)  > search 
  • Notifications (Document code WT/BOP/N/*)
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  • Handbook on notification requirements (Document code WT/TC/NOTIF/BOP/*)  > search
  • General documents (Document varies)  > search

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