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More on import licensing
The 33 notifications were submitted under various provisions of the
Import Licensing Procedures Agreement.
During the review, several delegations asked for additional information or
clarifications on the licensing procedures already notified, as well as
details of new licensing procedures introduced by several members but not
yet notified to the committee.
Among the questions raised were: US queries to Brazil (on lithium products),
China (scrap and waste material), Indonesia (textiles), Turkey (rice),
Venezuela (certain agricultural products).
The US also asked Malaysia, Turkey and Venezuela to update their
notifications. Australia asked China about licensing procedures applied to
imports of iron ore, while Chinese Taipei reminded China of the questions it
had asked about China’s automatic licensing procedures and licensing
procedures used for the administration of tariff rate quotas.
Compliance on notifications back to top
The chairperson said that despite efforts made by the chair and the
Secretariat to improve the situation, compliance with the agreement’s
notification obligations remains generally low. The US agreed, adding that
import licensing acts is a non-tariff restriction on imports in many
markets. It highlighted the importance of providing notifications and
responding to legitimate requests for information about access to each
Next meeting back to top
28 September 2005
Chairperson back to top
Ms Pamela Cooper of Canada
(vice chairperson: Mr Peter Govindasamy of Singapore.)
Background back to top
“Understanding the WTO”
Previous meeting, 30 September
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