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Integration and Trade Sector

Information System on Trade and Integration

A comprehensive online gateway providing information on integration and trade in Latin America and the Caribbean. The system includes in-depth data on trade agreements, detailed statistics on imports and exports, and indicators that measure the structure and performance of trade. The scope of the databases and their level of detail make INTradeBID a unique resource for the region.

TOPICS Legal Framework > Trade Agreements: Basic facts, detailed chronologies of the ratification and subsequent amendments, and complete official texts of nearly all trade agreements in force in the region. > Indexed Texts of Trade Agreements: Flexible indexation of trade agreement texts based on a detailed set of keywords that allow easy research, sophisticated comparisons, and the generation of negotiation proposals. > Double Taxation Agreements: Official texts of agreements detailing the jurisdictional balance of tax liabilities for businesses operating in multiple countries.

Market Access > Most Favored Nation Tariffs: Non-preferential customs duties applicable to imports of the countries of the region, specified at the most disaggregated level. > Preferential Tariff Phase-Out Schedules: Searchable database of product-level preference margins and preferential tariffs applied over the phase-out period, as defined in trade agreement annexes. > Rules of Origin: Uniquely structured product-level database of the technical criteria determining whether a product is eligible for preferential market access.

> Tariff Rate Quotas: Quantitative restrictions on preferential tariff treatment, specifying the quota volumes, the in-quota and out-of-quota tariffs, their evolution over time, and expiration dates; up-to-date TRQ fill rates for selected countries. > Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards: Depth and coverage of SPS provisions in trade agreements; SPS-related border rejections; trade concerns reported to the WTO and involving LAC countries; and certification procedures for private standards.

Statistics and Indicators > Trade Statistics: DataINTAL, a free-access database reporting annual and quarterly bilateral trade flows in value and volume at the tariff-line level; transport costs, insurance fees, and duties are available for selected countries. > Integration and Trade Indicators: A comprehensive set of defined and customizable indicators to assess the trade performance and analyze the trade policies of the countries of the region. > Analytical Datasets: Access to a wide range of downloadable datasets suitable for analytical use.

Information System on Trade and Integration The system is organized by topic and type of user, with interactive modules that facilitate access to the core databases in a user-friendly way. Information is provided through tools tailored to different needs: businesses seeking to take advantage of trade agreements to import and export, government officials preparing for new negotiations, and policy analysts monitoring trade trends.

TOOLS For Business Exporters and importers can identify with a single tool the market shares, preferential tariffs, TRQs, rules of origin, and SPS and other standards related to any specific product. Additional tools also provide valuable up-to-date information for doing business across borders. > Step by Step Information for Exporters > Rules of Origin Interpretation Tools > Tariff Rate Quota Fill Rates > SPS Regulations and Causes of Border Rejections > Private Standards Certification Procedures > Requirements to Export Food and Feed

For Negotiators Government officials can perform comparative research on the treatment of specific products across different trade regimes. Specific tools facilitate the preparation of negotiation texts and allow interpretation of the rules of origin, identifying materials that must be sourced within FTA partners to qualify for preferential access. > Indexed Texts of Trade Agreements > Preparation of Text Proposals > Preferential Tariff and TRQ Phase-Out Schedules > Rules of Origin Interpretation > SPS Provisions > Double Taxation Agreements

For Analysts Specialists analyzing regional trade and trade policy can access and download detailed information on preferential regimes in force in the region. The coverage and aggregation of the datasets and indicators can be customized to fit specific purposes. > DataINTAL Trade Statistics > Analytical Datasets > Integration and Trade Indicators > Trade Agreements Profiles and Full Texts > Preferential Tariff and TRQ Phase-Out Schedules > Rules of Origin

Designed for easy access to information, the system provides a wide range of content through search tools customized for different user types

For Business: > Step by Step export information for 5000+ products > Sourcing constraints due to 1 million rules of origin > Public and privates standards

Trade Agreements > 106 Trade treaties > Profiles and official documents > Text indexed with 500+ keywords

SPS Standards > SPS provisions in 50+ treaties > 130,000+ import rejections > Statistics by product and cause

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Trade Statistics > Tariff-line level data > 33 countries > Annual and quarterly data > 20-year time series

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For Analysts > Free access to tariff-line level trade statistics > Models for impact evaluation > Customizable, datasets > Free download

Market Access Data > 12 million tariff preferences > 1,000 Tariff Rate Quotas > 1 million Rules of Origin

For Negotiators > Tariff-line level schedules for 12 million tariff preferences > Toolkit for preparation of negotiation proposals > Analysis of 1 million rules of origin

SPS Provisions of FTAs > Analysis of over 50 FTAs > Assessment of compliance with 6 WTO SPS pillars

Trade Agreements Double Taxation Agreements Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

MFN Tariffs Preferential Tariffs and Quotas Rules of Origin

Trade Statistics Integration and Trade Indicators Analytical Datasets

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) performs research, provides policy advice and technical assistance, and carries out financial operations through grants and loans with the objective of strengthening the capacity of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean in the areas of trade and integration. Through the Integration and Trade Sector (INT), the IDB supports countries in the negotiation and implementation of trade and investment agreements, the development and promotion of exports, the attraction of foreign investment, the modernization of customs and logistics systems, and the internationalization of SMEs. In 2009, INT launched INTradeBID, the most comprehensive information system on trade and integration in LAC, particularly in regard to market access and trade regulations governed by regional trade agreements, including DataINTAL, maintained by INT’s Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL).

INTradeBID is a free-access information system that gathers official documents and detailed data on preferential and non-preferential tariffs, rules of origin, tariff-rate quotas, regulatory standards, trade statistics, and indicators of trade performance and policy. The system includes a suite of applications for a broad range of users, designed to facilitate understanding, analysis, and practical use of trade agreements.

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Publications and services related to INTradeBID > Trade and Integration Monitor Annual publication summarizing recent developments in trade and integration, including a statistical overview and country and agreement profiles. > Trend Estimations Annual end-of-year publication with estimations of trade growth and patterns. > Policy Briefs Periodic publications disseminating analysis of current policy issues. > Modeling Services Quantitative impact evaluations of trade and integration policies.


A comprehensive online gateway providing information on integration and trade in Latin America and the Caribbean. The system includes in-dep...