The global focus on multilateral trade agreements and cooperation has significantly increased trade. „Over the past 50 years, global trade has grown exceptionally. Merchandise exports have grown by an average of 6% per year. Total trade in 2000 was 22 times higher than in 1950. GATT and the WTO have helped create a strong and prosperous trading system that contributes to unprecedented growth.“  „There is no parallel with this achievement in previous trade negotiations, all of which have taken place to a more limited extent. The conclusion of so many simultaneous negotiations of such magnitude, of just over six months, is in itself a remarkable achievement. Since April 1947, when negotiations began, nearly 1,000 scheduled meetings have been held in Geneva between representatives of the countries concerned. In addition, ongoing discussions took place between the delegations concerned, with a less formal character. . During the period when collective bargaining and Charter negotiations began, delegations and their staff numbered approximately 760 people. The Uruguay Round of agriculture remains the most important agreement in the history of trade negotiations to liberalize trade in agricultural products. The objective of the agreement was to improve market access for agricultural products, reduce domestic support for agriculture in the form of price-distorting subsidies and quotas, remove export subsidies for agricultural products over time and harmonise sanitary and phytosanitary measures between Member States as much as possible. In addition to the expansion and revision of gatt provisions, these negotiations have resulted in the adoption of many new multilateral treaties on trade in services, the international treatment of intellectual property and the establishment of the WTO to settle all these agreements and settle disputes between members. The WTO would succeed GATT as a comprehensive framework for international trade at the end of the Uruguay Round and would enter into force in 1995.
The ban was eased in 2005 to allow meat from cattle aged 20 months or younger, which scientists say are less likely to have the deadly disease. . Japan was the third target for U.S. beef [in 2009], with a total trade of $470 million, up from $383 million in 2008, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation. In comparison, it was $1.39 billion in 2003. Mexico and Canada were the largest buyers from the United States. Beef [in 2009].  The average level of tariffs of the major GATT participants was about 22% in 1947.  Following the first rounds of negotiations, tariffs within the GATT core of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia were reduced compared to other contracting parties and non-GATT participants.  In the Kennedy Round (1962-67), the average level of tariffs of GATT participants was about 15%.
 After the Uruguay Round, tariffs were below 5%.  Early successes in these categories have led some countries to be more creative, develop trade barriers, conclude bilateral agreements and provide more creative subsidies to certain sectors. . . .