Although the tables are not a substitute for a more detailed interpretation of the agreement, they do contain basic information to take into account commitments or reservations made under an ATR. It summarizes the main features of the agreement with regard to services, identifies relevant chapters and their general coverage, lists the main obligations and briefly describes the liberalisation modalities and content of the corresponding annexes. A link to the WTO review process for the ATR (including potential background reports) is provided. On the results page, the format used for negative or positive ingins on RTAS is the same, but the information displayed varies. Links to the WTO statistical database, service profiles and business profiles of economies can be found on the right page of the results table. Retail: resale of new and used goods mainly to the general public for personal or private consumption or use, by stores, department stores, stores, stores, distributors, merchants and colagiers, consumer cooperatives, etc. Relevant are laws, regulations, directives, etc. that apply to retail in general. Specific product rules for the retailing of certain types of products (. B for example, tobacco, alcohol, pharmaceuticals) are not considered.
Summary information on the scope and architecture of each ATR is provided. This information can be obtained by clicking on the “RTA Preview” link that appears on the right side of each ATR in the table. A PDF file will then be opened, which will provide a brief overview of the relevant ATR. The even more unfortunate aspect of the current structure of the WTO agreements is that the two trade sectors that fall under the retrograde approach to the positive list, GATS and ITA, cover two rapidly developing sectors (internet services and information technology products and components). Technological “convergence” and the development of hybrid services are constantly blurring the line of what is or is not covered by previous commitments (fortunately, the WTO has stated that it considers traditional services provided by the Internet to be within previous GATS commitments [see page 324]). Among the products that are not currently covered by the ITA are, for example, many consumer electronic devices such as GPS controllers, game consoles and web cameras.