WTO/TBT Enquiry Point

What is the WTO/TBT Enquiry Point?

The World Trade Organization (WTO) / Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Enquiry Point supplies WTO and foreign countries with information on compulsory local standards, conformity assessment procedures and technical regulations related to products under the scope of the TBT Agreement. It also informs local industry and trade of similar developments in other countries.

Who is the WTO/TBT Enquiry Point for Trinidad and Tobago?

Article 10.1 of the WTO TBT Agreement requires that each member country establish an Enquiry Point. The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago designated the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS) as the National Enquiry Point in 1996 by Cabinet Minute No. 553.

How does it operate?

The TTBS Enquiry Point supplies the WTO with notifications of proposed local measures (technical regulations, standards and/or conformity assessment procedures) that may have a significant effect on trade for dissemination to its member countries. WTO member countries are allowed a minimum of sixty (60) days to comment on a proposed measure. The Enquiry Point also receives notifications from other WTO member countries and interested stakeholders are afforded the opportunity to submit their comments via the Enquiry Point. The Enquiry Point provides upon request particulars or copies of the proposed technical regulations (See Article 2.9.3 of the TBT Agreement).

What We Do

  • Provide comments received on domestic and foreign measures to the appropriate regulatory agency for consideration;
  • Respond 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) standards, international standards and conformity assessment procedures and TBT and Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures; and
  • Access to standards and regulatory information via the TTBS Standards Information Centre.

Register for regular TBT updates with ePing

ePing is a free online web service, offered by the World Trade Organization (WTO) that provides private and public stakeholders with up to date information on regulations in export markets around the world, including product requirements and standards.

ePing’s email alert service allows registered users to receive SPS/TBT notifications of particular interest to them based on criteria such as products covered or export markets.

ePing aims to bridge that gap and provide timely information about changes in Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) requirements from trading partners to producers, exporters, governments and other interested users.

ePing is of potential interest to all types of stakeholders, including government agencies, standardizing bodies, producers, exporters, importers, service providers, small and medium-size enterprises, multinationals, international organizations, research institutes, NGOs etc.

To sign-up for ePing go to www.epingalert.org
If you have any questions about ePing Alert please email us at enquirypoint@ttbs.org.tt

How to Submit Comments

Comments can be emailed, faxed, or mailed to the contact information below:

Enquiry Point
Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards
1-2 Century Drive
Trincity Industrial Estate
Macoya, Tunapuna
Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: (868) 662-8827 ext 2531
Fax: (868) 663-4335

Email: enquirypoint@ttbs.org.tt or ttbs@ttbs.org.tt

 

Additional Resources

Implementation and Administration of the WTO Agreement on the Technical Barriers to Trade

Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards,

1-2 Century Drive, Trincity Industrial Estate, Macoya, Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago W.I,
Tel: (868) 662-8827, Fax: (868) 663-4335
Email: ttbs@ttbs.org.tt

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