EPRS Admin By / May 27, 2020

Number of countries and separate customs territories introducing export prohibitions and restrictions

Number of countries and separate customs territories introducing export prohibitions and restrictions, by category of product
(as of 22 April 2020)

Number of countries and separate customs territories introducing export prohibitions and restrictions, by category of product (as of 22 April 2020)

The WTO Secretariat’s information note of 23 April 2020 estimated that 80 countries and separate customs territories (of which eight were not WTO members) had introduced export prohibitions or restrictions in the context of the coronavirus pandemic (See Figure 1). While most of the measures concerned medical supplies, 14 WTO members and three observers also imposed measures on food products. Although, in principle, all these measures should be notified, the WTO notes the low number of notifications. Thus, three notifications on foodstuffs export restrictions have been sent by Kyrgyzstan (wheat, rice, etc.), North Macedonia (wheat and wheat flour), and Thailand (eggs).


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