Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement & WTO members
Under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement), member-countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required to adhere to all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade with other member countries.
Agriculture-specific Requirements & Certifications
There are a number of international requirements and certifications imposed on the trade of agricultural products. The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) works to make sure that these regulations are science-based, predictable, and available for public knowledge. Its online system tracks and informs WTO members about regulatory changes or updates.
Common FAS Databases:
- Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) Report
- Maximum Residue Limits (MRL)
- Food Safety Group Information