The GATT was created to create rules to end or limit the most costly and undesirable features of the pre-war period, namely quantitative barriers to trade such as trade controls and quotas. The agreement also provided for a system for resolving trade disputes between nations and the framework allowed for a series of multilateral negotiations on the removal of customs barriers. The GATT was considered a major success in the post-war years. The GATT came into force on January 1, 1948. From the beginning, it was refined, which eventually led to the creation, on 1 January 1995, of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which absorbed and expanded it. To date, 125 nations signed its agreements, which covered about 90% of world trade. A53 W67) includes the reports of the panel and the appeal body, as well as arbitrations under WTO agreements. These are the English reports approved and drafted by the WTO (reports begin in 1996). In addition to facilitating applied tariff reductions, GATT`s contribution to trade liberalization includes „the commitment of extended-term tariff reductions (which became more sustainable in 1955), the definition of universality of non-discrimination through the treatment of the most favoured nation (MFN) and the status of domestic treatment, ensuring greater transparency in trade policies and creating a forum for negotiations and the peaceful settlement of bilateral disputes. All of these have helped to streamline trade policy and reduce trade barriers and political uncertainty.  With the reduction of tariffs, non-tariff barriers (NTBs) have attracted increasing attention as they distort trade, such as flat-rate tariffs.
Non-tariff barriers consist of a series of rules, standards, standards, technical issues, administrative and bureaucratic procedures and other market-related barriers faced by exporters while trying to access a given market. The WTO is trying to highlight this area through a policy of transparency and information, but also by restrictions on the use of non-tariff barriers. Reducing tariffs and introducing new rules to stem the increase in non-tariff barriers and voluntary export restrictions. 102 countries participated in the cycle. Concessions have been made for $19 billion. At the beginning of the GATT, the focus was on reducing tariffs and import duties to promote trade and reduce protectionism. This target has been largely achieved for industrial production over many business cycles. Tariffs on trade in industrial products were reduced from about 40% to less than 5% in the period from the creation of the GATT to the current implementation of the Uruguay Round. This process of reducing tariffs is at an early stage for agricultural and food products. The prosperity of the global economy over the past half century is due in large part to the growth of world trade, partly due to far-sighted officials who created the GATT. They have defined a number of procedures aimed at providing stability to the trading environment and thus facilitating the rapid growth of world trade. In the long term, GATT conference countries have helped to put the global economy on a solid footing and thus improve the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people around the world.
The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), signed in October.