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Sharp Rise in Trade-Restrictive Measures From G20 Economies: WTO

Sharp Rise in Trade-Restrictive Measures From G20 Economies: WTO

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  24 Nov 2018 2:53 AM GMT

Geneva: The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) latest monitoring report on Group of 20 (G20) trade measures has highlighted that new import-restrictive measures hit a new high. The World Trade Organization report found a total of 40 new trade-restrictive measures were applied by G20 economies during the review period from mid-May to mid-October, including tariff increases, import bans and export duties, Xinhua reported. This represents an average of eight restrictive measures per month, which is higher than the almost six measures recorded during the previous review period (mid-October 2017 to mid-May 2018), said the WTO report. “This report provides a first factual insight into the trade-restrictive measures which have been introduced over recent months, and which now cover over $480 billion worth of trade,” said WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo on Thursday. “The report’s findings should be of serious concern for G20 governments and the whole international community,” he said. The WTO chief warned that further escalation remains a real threat. “If we continue along the current course, the economic risks will increase, with potential effects for growth, jobs and consumer prices around the world,” said Azevedo. (IANS)

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