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Services Trade Restrictiveness Index



Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI)

Launched in 2014, the OECD Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI) is a unique, evidence-based diagnostic tool that provides an up-to-date snapshot of services trade barriers in 22 sectors across 45 countries, representing over 80% of global services trade. For the first time, comprehensive and comparable information has been available for policymakers to scope out reform options, benchmark them relative to global best practice, and assess their likely effects; for trade negotiators to clarify those restrictions that most impede trade; and for businesses to shed light on the requirements that traders must comply with when entering foreign markets.

This website brings together our work on this policy area, including links to our data visualisations, the regulatory database, and a policy simulator that allows the user to compare restrictions in selected countries and simulate policy reforms.

We also have a short briefing note that provides an overview of the project, our analysis and our key findings as well as a comprehensive brochure detailing the STRI trends up to 2019.

Watch our video to learn more about the importance of services trade to the global economy and the impact of services trade restrictions.



The STRI serves as basis for a wide range of analytical work on the impact of trade restrictions. The main findings and key recommendations of this work suggest that national administrations should consider adopting whole-of-government strategies to capitalise on the demonstrated potential of co-ordinated services trade policy and regulatory reforms to help make globalisation work for all. We hope that you find this publication and the STRI tools a useful resource in your quest for a better understanding of services trade, the role of services in global value chains and the policies that shape services markets.



STRI book cover


Services Trade Policies and the Global Economy synthesises recent work by the OECD analysing services trade policies and quantifying their impacts on imports and exports, the performance of manufacturing and services sectors, and how services trade restrictions influence the decisions and outcomes of firms engaged in international markets.

Read the press release here.




Interactive Tools

Compare your country


Use this interactive website to discover and compare services trade restrictiveness across 22 sectors in 45 OECD and partner countries.



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Policy simulator

Once you have identified restrictiveness issues in countries, use our policy simulator to test the effects of policy changes on the STRI, the Digital STRI and the Intra-EEA STRI.



» Use the simulator
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» Our new mobile app: available on the App Store for iOS devices and Google Play for Android devices




Regulatory database



Use our complete and up to date regulatory database to review specific laws and regulations that contribute to services trade restrictiveness measured by the STRI, the Digital STRI and the intra-EEA STRI.


» Explore the database
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Analysis and Methodology

Sector Notes

Sector note provide you with an OECD executive analysis of the 22 different services sectors in the Services Trade Restrictiveness Index.

» View the sector notes


Country Notes

‌‌Country notes offer a two-page analytical summary of services trade restrictiveness in the 45 countries that are part of the STRI. 


» View the country notes



‌The methodology section gives you access to the structural foundations for the work on the Services Trade Restrictiveness Index. 


» Explore the methodology


Trade Policy Papers

Our Trade Policy Papers provide analysis of services trade and global economic issues.


Other videos

Services Trade Policies and the Global Economy press launch 

On 8 June 2017, the OECD's Trade and Agriculture Director Ken Ash was joined by Ambassador Robert Zapata, Mexico's Permanent Representative to the WTO, and Todd McClay, New Zealand's Trade Minister, together with Phil O'Reilly, the Chair of Business at OECD, to launch this publication.


Services Trade Restrictiveness Index press launch

The United States Trade Representative, Mexico's Secretary of Economy, Australia's Minister for Trade and Investment, Canada's Minister of International Trade and the European Commission's Director-General for Trade joined the OECD's Trade and Agriculture Director Ken Ash to launch the STRI on 14 May 2014.


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The OECD Services Trade Restrictiveness Index is owned by the OECD. It represents significant time and resource investment and shall not be reproduced in whole or significant part without express permission from the OECD. For use, reproduction and translation of the STRI and related multimedia tools, please consult the Terms and Conditions.



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