WTO/TBT Enquiry Point
What is the WTO/TBT Enquiry Point?
The World Trade Organization (WTO) / Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Enquiry Point supplies WTO and foreign countries with information on compulsory local standards, conformity assessment procedures and technical regulations related to products under the scope of the TBT Agreement. It also informs local industry and trade of similar developments in other countries.
Who is the WTO/TBT Enquiry Point for Trinidad and Tobago?
Article 10.1 of the WTO TBT Agreement requires that each member country establish an Enquiry Point. The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago designated the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS) as the National Enquiry Point in 1996 by Cabinet Minute No. 553.
How does it operate?
The TTBS Enquiry Point supplies the WTO with notifications of proposed local measures (technical regulations, standards and/or conformity assessment procedures) that may have a significant effect on trade for dissemination to its member countries. WTO member countries are allowed a minimum of sixty (60) days to comment on a proposed measure. The Enquiry Point also receives notifications from other WTO member countries and interested stakeholders are afforded the opportunity to submit their comments via the Enquiry Point. The Enquiry Point provides upon request particulars or copies of the proposed technical regulations (See Article 2.9.3 of the TBT Agreement).
What We Do
- Disseminate notifications to and from the WTO to local stakeholders;
- Provision of comments received on domestic and foreign measures to the appropriate regulatory agency for consideration;
- Access to strategic information essential to the design, manufacture, marketing, export and import of products and services;
- Respond to technical enquiries on a variety of topics including: Trinidad and Tobago local standards and technical regulations, CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) standards, international standards and conformity assessment procedures and TBT and Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures; and
- Access to standards and regulatory information via the TTBS Standards Information Centre.
How to Submit Comments
Comments can be emailed, faxed, or mailed to the contact information below:
Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards
1-2 Century Drive
Trincity Industrial Estate
Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: (868) 662-8827 ext 194 or (868) 662-3132 ext 2531
Fax: (868) 663-4335