As an agreement based on THE existing GATT disciplines on trade in goods, the agreement does not deal with the regulation of foreign investment. The disciplines of the TRIPS agreement focus on investment measures that are contrary to Articles III and XI of the GATT, i.e. that distinguish imported and exported goods and/or create import or export restrictions. For example, a local content requirement, which is not discriminatory for domestic and foreign companies, is contrary to the TRIM agreement, as it involves discriminatory treatment of imported products in favour of domestic products. The fact that there is no discrimination between domestic and foreign investors when imposing the measure is not negligible in the context of the ON TRIPS agreement. These notified TRIMs were to be removed by December 31, 1999. None of these measures are currently in effect. As a result, India has no outstanding obligations under the TRIMs agreement with respect to notified TRIMs. Under the TRIM agreement, members are required to report their existing TRIMs to the WTO Merchandise Exchange Council that are incompatible with the agreement. Browse or download the text of the TRIMs agreement from Gateway legal guidelines such as local content requirements and trade compensation rules that have traditionally been used to promote both the interests of domestic industries and combat restrictive business practices are now prohibited.
Trade-related investment measures are one of the four main legal agreements in the WTO trade agreement. Sorting is a rule that restricts the preference of domestic companies and thus allows international companies to operate more easily in foreign markets. Trade-Related Investment Measures is the name of one of the four main legal agreements of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the trade agreement. Sorting is a rule that restricts the preference of domestic companies and thus allows international companies to operate more easily in foreign markets. The TRIPS agreement prohibits certain measures that violate national treatment and quantity requirements imposed by the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Pending the conclusion of the Uruguay Round negotiations, which resulted in a well-concluded agreement on trade-related investment measures (the „TRIMs agreement“), the few international agreements providing for disciplines for foreign investment restraint measures have provided only limited guidance on substance and countries.