Summary of Exceptions

Products specifically exempted from trade liberalization, such as duty reductions; usually, exceptions are made to protect domestic industries that would suffer serious harm from increased imports.

(Main Author: William J. Miller)

Exceptions and the GATT Policy Negotiations

In relation to the GATT Policy Negotiations, Christopher Mark (1993) provided the following explanation and/or definition of Exceptions: Products specifically exempted from an international agreement to liberalize trade through multi-product duty reductions or other commitments. Exceptions are usually made by importing countries to protect workers and firms engaged in production of sensitive products.

In the United States

For information about Exceptions in the context of international trade, click here


Anti-boycott Laws


See Also

Further Reading

  • Information about Exceptions in the Encyclopedia of World Trade: from Ancient Times to the Present (Cynthia Clark Northrup)

Exceptions and the Laws of International Trade

Exceptions available as defenses

Export Administration System