TNT logoThe African Development Bank (AfDB), the International Trade Centre (ITC), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the World Bank are forming a partnership called Transparency in Trade (TNT). This aims to facilitate collection of tariffs and non-tariff measures (NTM) and other trade data, harmonization of NTMs, and provide free and open access the data collected.

Key elements include open access to a series of trade-related tools and underlying databases. These are World Bank and UNCTAD’s World Integrated Trade System (WITS), ITC’s Market Access Map (MAcMap), World Bank’s Temporary Trade Barrier Database (TTBD) and Service Policy Restrictive Database (SPRD). For more details on this initiative please click here.

WITS integrates number of trade-related databases including UN COMTRADE UNCTAD TRAINS and WTO IDB/CTS, and is the ideal platform for trade economists, researchers, government policy makers, trade negotiators, and academics needing large amounts of cross-country comparable time series data. WITS supports various nomenclatures, calculation of indicators and a partial equilibrium model–based analysis engine to simulate effects of tariff cuts on trade and welfare.

MAcMap is one of the ITC’s market analysis tools. It covers, among others, customs tariffs (import duties), tariff rate quotas, certificates and rules of origin, anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard duties. MAcMap provides up-to-date information on MFN and preferential tariff rates applied by 190 importing countries, shown at the most detailed national tariff line level. MAcMap helps companies, trade support institutions, policy analysts and trade negotiators to find current tariffs, juxtapose them to trade statistics and WTO tariff bindings, benchmark against competitors or prepare for trade negotiations by simulating the effects of tariff reductions.

TTBD hosts newly collected, freely available, and detailed data on more than 30 national governments’ use of policies such as antidumping, global safeguards, China-specific transitional safeguard measures, and countervailing duties. The information provided in this detailed database will cover over 95% of the global use of these particular import-restricting trade remedy instruments.

SPRD hosts a comprehensive collection of detailed and comparable documents on policy measures affecting trade in services. It covers 103 countries, 5 key services sectors, and the most relevant modes of supply for each subsector. The degree of restrictiveness toward foreign service providers is assessed by the newly created Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI).