Each WTO Member country must ensure that its laws, regulations and administrative procedures are in full conformity with its obligations under the various WTO Agreements. Reservations can only be made to the extent that they are expressly authorized. National laws and regulations relating to one of the areas covered by the WTO must be submitted to the relevant committees for review by their Members in order for them to comply fully with WTO obligations. In practice, however, almost all decisions are taken by consensus and voting takes place only in situations expressly provided for in the WTO Agreement (e.B accession of new Members by a two-thirds majority; the granting of an exemption/exemption from a legal obligation by a three-quarters majority; Wto amendments). In addition, each WTO country must make binding commitments regarding access to its market for goods and services. The degree of access to developing countries depends on their development and their financial and trade needs. Does a country that wants to join the WTO have to accept all its agreements? In a number of WTO member countries, the private sector, in particular business and industry associations, is regularly consulted and has the opportunity to present its views to policymakers and negotiators in multilateral trade rounds. Contact points have been set up in other countries to which requests for information on trade policy issues can be addressed. Experience has shown that the establishment of such linkages has been most beneficial both for the private sector and for the Governments of the respective countries. Similar mechanisms could be introduced in other countries where they do not yet exist. Can bilateral and plurilateral trade agreements continue to exist within the framework of the WTO and does the WTO monitor these agreements? Bilateral and plurilateral trade agreements can continue to exist within the framework of the WTO. However, if they contain provisions on preferential market access, they must be notified to the WTO and are subject to strict requirements and conditions. The Brussels-based World Customs Organization (WCO) has set itself the goal of facilitating trade by harmonizing and simplifying Customs techniques and procedures, for example by developing standardized Customs documents.
Its work is closely linked to the WTO in two areas: customs valuation and rules of origin. With regard to customs valuation, the WTO Agreement is jointly managed by a WTO Committee and a WCO Technical Committee (for specific technical problems arising in the day-to-day work of Customs administrations). With regard to rules of origin, a WCO Technical Committee is responsible for carrying out technical work aimed at harmonizing rules of origin for WTO Members. .