The scope of the agreement is defined in Article 1, which stipulates that the agreement applies only to investment measures related to trade in goods. Therefore, the TRIMs agreement does not apply to services. Under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade-Related Investment Measures Agreement, commonly known as the TRIM Agreement, WTO members agreed not to implement certain trade-related investment measures in goods that limit or distort trade. The Trade-Related Investment Measures Agreement (TRIM) is a rule that applies to national rules applied by a country to foreign investors, often as part of an industrial policy. The 1994 agreement was negotiated under the WTO`s predecessor, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), and came into force in 1995. The agreement was reached by all members of the World Trade Organization. Trade-related investment measures are one of the four main legal agreements in the WTO trade agreement. 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. The OECD Code on the Liberalization of Capital Movements, for example, requires members to liberalize restrictions on direct investment in a number of areas.
However, the effectiveness of the OECD code is limited by the many reservations of each member.  In addition to the TRIMs agreement, there are other investment agreements that can help your company compete with the international market. The United States has bilateral investment agreements with 40 countries. These agreements generally offer comprehensive investment protection, including local content disciplines and commercial compensation. The full text of the bilateral investment contracts is available on the website of the Trade Ministry`s Trade Negotiations and Compliance Office.