SAARC Common Position on NTBs at WTO Ministerial Conferences
“Reject the new forces of protectionism that are disguised as concerns about the environment, social conditions, labor standard, and all other forms of non-tariff barriers”. These are not trade related issues and should be kept out of the multi – lateral trading system.
“The Uruguay Round negotiations did not result in greater market access for the exports of developing and least developed countries as was expected, due to the existence of ‘tariff peaks”, the phenomenon of tariff escalation, and the use of NTBs in respect of products of export interest to the developing and least developed countries. Action should be taken to ensure effective market access for the exports of these countries”
Least Developed countries should be granted duty-free access on an autonomous basis for their exports by the developed countries. These should be exempt from antidumping duties, safeguard action and NTBs.