Wto And Classification Of Digital Products

The World Trade Organization (WTO) members at the 1998 Geneva Ministerial Conference agreed to a temporary moratorium on customs duties for all products delivered via the Internet. The main challenge for the WTO was the difficulty of distinguishing between the physical and electronic delivery of products purchased over the Internet and obscurity of the traditional distinction between goods and services. However, at the 2005 Hong Kong Ministerial Conference, WTO members agreed to maintain their current practice of not imposing customs duties on electronic transmissions until the next Session.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

To what extent do the GATT and GATS agreements address e-commerce transactions?
What are the classification systems used by the WTO’s agreements?
How does the WTO Work Program on E-Commerce Operate?


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