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The World Trade Organization`s Preferential Trade Agreement (EPA) database contains information on non-reciprocal preferential trade agreements implemented by WTO member states. Global Trade Alert provides users with real-time information on measures taken by the government during the current global downturn that are likely to impact foreign trade. The database allows users to search for the type of action, sector, jurisdiction of enforcement or business partner concerned. The Design of Free Trade Agreements (DESTA) database collects data on various types of preferential trade agreements (TAPs) (e.g. Β customs unions, free trade agreements, economic integration agreements, etc.). Users can search about 790 ENTPs with information on industry coverage, depth of commitments, trade integration, and compliance from 1947 on. The database provides users with time-series trade and investment data for the World Bank`s 188 member countries since 1960. Data include trade flows, tariffs, terms of trade and foreign direct investment flows. The RTA-IS database contains information on existing RTAs that have been notified or for which an early announcement has been made to the WTO. The IMF provides access to trade and investment data through the following databases: Trade Orientation Statistics (DOTS), Balance of Payments Statistics (BOPS), and International Financial Statistics (IFS). The data cover all 188 members of the IMF since 1948 and include transnational trade flows, international economic transactions, and members` international investment positions. The E15 Initiative recommends strategic solutions to improve the efficiency of trade and investment systems to promote sustainable development.

The tool examines the issues addressed in all E15 documents and establishes the links between them, creating potential policy synergies for policy makers and important influencing factors. INTrade is managed by the Inter-American Development Bank and provides information on integration and trade in Latin America and the Caribbean. The database contains information on trade agreements, data on exports and imports and market access indicators, including customs plans and rules of origin. WITS provides access to international indicators of commodity trade and market access for 199 countries and 20 groups of countries predefined from 1962 on or after 1962. WITS allows users to retrieve and analyze trade and customs data. Convert data between different nomenclatures (Harmonized System (HS) and International Commodity Classification System (ITTC)). WITS also includes simulation tools to calculate the impact of tariff changes on trade flows, customs revenues and consumer welfare using partial equilibrium modelling tools. The United Nations Statistical Database on Trade in Services provides users with cross-border data on trade in services using the Extended Classification of Balance of Payments Services (EBOPS). The database covers 198 countries in 2000. The main objective of this toolkit is to be the negotiators of regional trade and investment agreements (RTAs).

Those with environmental training have a mandate to ensure environmental protection and may not have extensive expertise on how trade policy can affect this objective. Similarly, trade negotiators may be responsible for ensuring that RTIA enjoys strong environmental protection, but may not have in-depth expertise on environmental issues or how they are affected by trade law and policy. .