International Trade Explainer: Trade terms and concepts – A tralac guide

International Trade Explainer: Trade terms and concepts – A tralac guide

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11 Dec 2018

Author(s): tralac

International trade has its own terminology. This document contains a list of general trade terms as used in international trade agreements concluded by states and as applied in the legal instruments of international organisations dealing with trade between nations.

This list does not, however, include terms used in private contracts concluded by importers, exporters, service providers and investors.

A thematic approach was followed in preparing this list, which was compiled in August 2018. The following themes were identified:

  • International Trade Agreements

  • Trade in Goods

  • Trade in Services

  • Regional Integration and Preferential Trade Arrangements

  • African Trade Arrangements

  • African economic integration and development initiatives

  • Terminology from other International Arrangements

  • International commercial and related terms

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