WTO Virtual Workshop on Import Licensing and Notifications

Zoom platform
Event date: 
10/04/2021 to 10/06/2021

Online workshop on IL and Notifications concludes

A total of 71 government officials from developing and least-developed countries (LDCs) attended the WTO Workshop on Import Licensing and Notifications held virtually from 4 to 6 October. The workshop aimed at strengthening the participants’ capacity to comply with notification obligations under WTO rules.


The objective of the workshop was to help government officials gain a better understanding of the WTO Agreement on Import Licensing Procedures, strengthen their capacity to notify measures related to import licensing procedures, and to facilitate their ability to use the import licensing website to extract useful information. Training on notifications focused on the requirement to notify laws and regulations on licensing procedures and relevant changes (see Articles 1.4(a), 8.2(b) and 5 of the Agreement) and the requirement to complete an annual questionnaire on licensing procedures (Article 7.3 of the Agreement).

The workshop was co-organized by the Market Access Division and the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation. Most participants were senior trade officials directly responsible for import licensing or notification issues in their respective governments.