What are enquiry points?
Enquiry/contact points are officials in government agencies tasked with answering questions that anyone involved in international businesses may have about trade requirements, such as sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS) and technical barriers to trade (TBT). (See Trade4MSMEs guides on SPS and TBT)
Where can I find enquiry points for TBT and SPS matters?
TBT and SPS enquiry points must be notified to the World Trade Organization (WTO). The ePing Alert also provides a list with enquiry points for TBT and SPS measures notified by over 180 countries or territories. To contact the relevant enquiry points for your trade transactions, you can begin by checking the resource materials made available by ePing Alert. Also on that website, you can subscribe to receive notifications on TBT and SPS regulations that may affect your products and identify who to contact for any enquiries you may have.
How can I contact enquiry points for other goods trade procedures?
The Global Trade Helpdesk (GTH) provides information on enquiry points that you can contact to ask about matters related to exports, imports, and transit procedures. It also describes single window platforms (see the Trade4MSMEs guide on single windows) that you can use to submit all documents required by customs and other agencies to comply with local requirements and border procedures. When using the GTH website, you can check the section on navigating trade procedures by typing in the information required for your desired export or import transactions.
Where can I learn more?
The Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility (TFAF): The World Trade Organization has an online Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility that lists contact points for trade facilitation matters reported by about ninety countries or territories. If you need assistance with other trade-related matters, you can reach out to the contact points listed, they may be able to answer questions or direct you to the relevant enquiry officials.
Links to Supporting Information
Trade4MSMEs guide Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
Trade4MSMEs guide Technical Barriers to Trade
The ePing alert Enquiry point – ePing SPS&TBT platform
ePing SPS&TBT Platform Home – ePing SPS&TBT platform
The Global Trade Helpdesk Global Trade Helpdesk
TRADE4MSMEs Guide Single Windows
WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility Contact Points | TFAF