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WTA /WTO and GATT Uruguay 1994

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World Trade Agreement 1994 (establishing the WTO and including GATT Uruguay 1994)

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III. Ministerial Decisions and Declarations

   4053

3. Decision on Notification Procedures

   4076

3. Decision on Notification Procedures

 
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3. Decision on Notification Procedures

  4077

Ministers recommend approval by the Ministerial Conference of the improvement and review of notification procedures as set out below.

  4078

Members,

  4079

Desiring to improve the operation of notification procedures under the WTO, and thereby to contribute to the transparency of Members' trade policies and to the effectiveness of surveillance arrangements established to that end,

  4080

Recalling obligations under the WTO to publish and notify, including obligations assumed under the terms of specific Protocols of Accession, waivers, and other agreements entered into by Members,

  4081

Agree as follows:

  4082


I. General obligation to notify

 
  4083

Members affirm their commitment to obligations under the Multilateral Trade Agreements and, where applicable, the Plurilateral Trade Agreements, regarding publication and notification.

  4084

Members recall their undertakings set out in the Understanding Regarding Notification, Consultation, Dispute Settlement and Surveillance adopted by the CONTRACTING PARTIES to the GATT 1947 on 28 November 1979. With regard to their undertaking therein to notify, to the maximum extend possible, their adoption of trade measures affecting the operation of the GATT 1994, such notification itself being without prejudice to views on the consistency of measures with or their relevance to rights and obligations under the Multilateral Trade Agreements and, where applicable, the Plurilateral Trade Agreements, Members agree to be guided, as appropriate, by the annexed list of measures. Members therefore agree that the introduction or modification of such measures is subject to the notification requirements of the 1979 Understanding.

  4085


II. Central registry of notifications

 
  4086

A central registry of notifications shall be established under the responsibility of the WTO Secretariat. While Members will continue to follow existing notification procedures, the Secretariat shall ensure that the registry records such elements of the information provided on the measure by the Member as its purpose, its trade coverage, and the requirement under which it has been notified. The registry shall cross-reference its records of notifications by Member and obligation.

  4087

The central registry shall inform each Member annually of the regular notification obligations to which that Member will be expected to respond in the course of the following year.

  4088

The central registry shall draw the attention of individual Members to regular notification requirements which remain unfulfilled.

  4089

Information in the central registry regarding individual notifications shall be made available on request to any Member entitled to receive the notification concerned.

  4090

III. Review of notification obligations and procedures

  4091

The Council for Trade in Goods will undertake a review of notification obligations and procedures under the Agreements in Annex 1A. The review will be carried out by a working group, membership in which will be open to all Members. The group will be established immediately after the entry into force of the Agreement Establishing the WTO.

  4092

The terms of reference of the working group will be:

  4093

to undertake a thorough review of all existing notification obligations of Members established under the Agreements in Annex 1A, with a view to simplifying, standardizing and consolidating these obligations to the greatest extent practicable, as well as to improving compliance with these obligations, bearing in mind the overall objective of improving the transparency of the trade policies of Members and the effectiveness of surveillance arrangements established to this end, and also bearing in mind the possible need of some developing Members for assistance in meeting their notification obligations;

  4094

to make recommendations to the Council for Trade in Goods not later than two years after the entry into force of the Agreement Establishing the WTO.

  4095


ANNEX

 
  4096


INDICATIVE LIST OF NOTIFIABLE MEASURES

 
  4097

Tariffs (including range and scope of bindings, GSP provisions, rates applied to members of free-trade areas/customs unions, other preferences)

  4098

Tariff quotas and surcharges

  4099

Quantitative restrictions, including voluntary export restraints and orderly marketing arrangements affecting imports

  4100

Other non-tariff measures such as licensing and mixing requirements; variable levies

  4101

Customs valuation

  4102

Rules of origin

  4103

Government Procurement

  4104

Technical barriers

  4105

Safeguard actions

  4106

Anti-dumping actions

  4107

Countervailing actions

  4108

Export taxes

  4109

Export subsidies, tax exemptions and concessionary export financing

  4110

Free-trade zones, including in-bond manufacturing

  4111

Export restrictions, including voluntary export restraints and orderly marketing arrangements

  4112

Other government assistance, including subsidies, tax exemptions

  4113

Rôle of State-trading enterprises

  4114

Foreign exchange controls related to imports and exports

  4115

Government-mandated countertrade

  4116

Any other measure covered by the Multilateral Trade Agreements in Annex 1A to the Agreement Establishing the WTO

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