State trading enterprises are defined as governmental and non-governmental enterprises, including marketing boards, which deal with goods for export and/or import. Article XVII of the GATT 1994 is the principal provision dealing with state trading enterprises and their operations.
Work on this subject in the WTO is undertaken mainly by the Working Party on State Trading Enterprises.
Introduction back to top
Introduction to state trading enterprises in the WTO
Technical information on state trading enterprises
The mandate back to top
Browse or download the text of the “Understanding on the Interpretation of Article XVII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994” from the legal texts gateway
Find decisions of WTO bodies concerning the Article XVII of the GATT 1994 in the Analytical Index — Guide to WTO Law and Practice
Work on state trading enterprises in the WTO, and official documents back to top
The Working Party on state trading enterprises is the focus of work on STEs in the WTO.
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Search Documents OnlineGeneral documents STEs have the code G/STR/* (where * takes additional values)These links open a new window: allow a moment for the results to appear.
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Annual reports of the Working Party on State Trading Enterprises to the General Council (Document code varies) > search
Minutes of the Working Party on State Trading Enterprises (Document code: G/STR/M/*) > search
Working documents of the Working Party on State Trading Enterprises (Document code: G/STR/W/*)