WTO/TBT Enquiry Point
WHAT IS THE WTO/TBT ENQUIRY POINT?
The World Trade Organisation (WTO)/Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Enquiry Point (EP) is a point of information exchange on trade matters. It is a national point where information on mandatory technical regulations, standards or conformity assessment procedures related to products under the scope of the TBT agreement are disseminated.
WHO IS THE WTO/TBT ENQUIRY POINT FOR TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO?
It fulfills the obligations under the TBT Agreement on behalf of Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GoRTT)
The World Trade Organization requires that each member country establishes an Enquiry Point (Article 10.1 of the TBT Agreement); and the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS) was designated the WTO/TBT Enquiry Point in 1996 by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago by Cabinet Minute No. 553.
HOW DOES IT OPERATE?
The WTO/TBT Enquiry Point’s role is to disseminate through the WTO, notifications being made by Trinidad and Tobago on proposed new technical regulations, standards and/or conformity assessment procedures that are mandatory in nature and which will have a significant effect on trade. WTO member countries are to be allowed sixty (60) days for comment and all comments received are to be taken into consideration. Member countries notifications are also received via Trinidad and Tobago’s enquiry point and interested stakeholders are also afforded the opportunity to comment. The Enquiry Point also provides upon request particulars or copies of the proposed technical regulations (Article 2.9.3).
SERVICES AND PRODUCTS
- Distribute notifications from WTO member countries to Trinidad and Tobago stakeholders, via ePING (WTO Dissemination Tool for TBT/SPS notifications))You can email our EP (email@example.com) to find out how to register for this service
- Forwarding 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;
- Responses 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) regional standards, foreign and international standards; and conformity assessment procedures and TBT and Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures;
- Access to standards and regulatory information at the Standards Information Centre (SIC) technical library
WHAT IS THE TOOL?
ePing is a new online alert system designed to help government agencies and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) keep track of the latest information on regulatory requirements for international trade. This new system allows access to WTO members’ notifications of Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures. It also facilitates dialogue among the public and private sector in addressing potential trade problems at an early stage. Users of ePing will be able to easily keep up-to-date with notifications affecting foreign markets and products of particular interest to them.
ePing sends you an e-mail warning when foreign regulators are changing the requirements that apply to your products. It is:
- a web-based application
- a system to disseminate WTO notifications to a country’s stakeholder
- ePing helps manufacturers and exporters keep abreast of new regulatory changes in global markets before they become laws
- Ability to monitor regulatory development in selected countries
Benefits of ePing
- User friendly tool
- Global reach
- Send automated notifications through daily/weekly email alerts
- Cover both TBT/SPS notifications
- About areas of your interest ( products and destination markets)
- Provides a fast and easy-to-use search table
- Export search results
- Add/read related information