Rules of International Trade

Course description


This course provides an overview of the rules of international trade and the organizations that are involved in drafting, implementing and administering them. It presents the main purposes of international rules of trade, the benefits of adhering to them and the various institutions which enforce them, with a particular focus on their impact with regard to exporters. Finally, it examines the concept of trade facilitation and why it is important for SMEs who trade, or aim to trade, internationally.

Please note: this course was designed for the Philippines, therefore, you might see references to the country throughout the couse.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

Assess why rules are needed in international trade and identify some basic principles in the way these rules are designed and implemented.
Assess the rules by which exporters overcome the difficulties associated with participating in international trade.
Evaluate the ways in which different rules help exporters overcome the challenges of engaging in international trade.
Identify the role of tradeagreements in international trade, as well as their main impact for exporters.


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Participants who meet the course requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion issued in electronic format.


Module 1
Why Are There Rules in International Trade?
Module 2
What Kinds of Rules are Needed in International Trade?
Module 3
What Role do Trade Agreements Play?
Module 4
What are Non-tariff Barriers, and How Can They Be Minimized?
Final Test
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Course Language
English ‎(en)‎
Next start date
To be announced...
Time required
4 hours over 2 weeks
Course fee
Free of charge
Course access
Restricted to newcomers
Tutor Information

Shaun Lake (Tutor)