WTO members agree to extend e-commerce, non-violation moratoriums

WTO members meeting as the General Council agreed today to extend two existing moratoriums related to customs duties on electronic transmissions and the initiation of “non-violation” complaints under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). They also approved the WTO’s budget for 2020.

Members agreed to maintain the current practice of not imposing customs duties on electronic transmissions until the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, scheduled for 8-11 June 2020. They also agreed to continue work under the existing 1998 work programme on e-commerce in the beginning part of 2020. The work in the run-up to MC12 will include structured discussions on issues that would help ministers take an informed decision by MC12.

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