Members review agriculture trade policies and COVID-19, defer talks on Bali TRQ mechanism

WTO members discussed agricultural policies and examined notifications at a Committee on Agriculture meeting on 23-24 September. Members agreed to suspend discussions on the Bali tariff rate quota (TRQ) underfill mechanism, with a view to reaching an agreement before year-end. The committee also agreed the triennial review of the Nairobi decision on export competition should be concluded at its next meeting in March 2022 to take account of agriculture negotiations at the 12th Ministerial Conference. Members also received updates on the impact of COVID-19 on agricultural trade.