The authoress studies regional integration agreements (RIAs) of the WTO members. The analysis performed shows that the specifics of each RIA vary greatly from case to case, but they all have one thing in common - the reduction in trade barriers between members and consequent discrimination against trade with other countries. This conclusion is based on an issue on the existing average level of customs duties for non-members of RIAs, applied peak tariffs for industrial and agricultural products, and a large part of non 'ad valorem' tariffs in the developed countries. In this way, members of RIAs within the framework of the WTO examine the rules of this organization such as minimum demand which is necessary to be taken into account in the organization of the trade policy without any harmful effects to national economic interests.
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