Non-tariff measures (NTMs) such as sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to trade play an ever-increasing role in shaping market access conditions and influencing the competitiveness of both national importers and exporters. The definition and implementation of these measures is a major issue for policymakers and economic actors. Many NTMs have primarily non-trade objectives, such as the protection of public health or the environment, yet they may affect trade and can unintentionally become discriminatory, especially against smaller businesses. 

Comprehensive, systematic and reliable information about NTMs can significantly reduce trade costs and is of crucial importance to businesses, regulators and researchers. 

In this context, UNCTAD will be conducting an e-learning course on NTM data collection approach and the effects of NTMs on trade and development.