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According to these statistics, a total of 139 safeguard
investigations were initiated during the period, and a total of 68 safeguard
measures were imposed. These totals are relatively low, compared to the 2743
anti-dumping initiations and 1729 anti-dumping measures, and the 176
countervailing duty initiations and 108 countervailing duties measures
notified during the same period.
The number of initiations of safeguard investigations peaked in 2002 at 34.
The number of initiations has declined since then, with 14 initiations in
2004 and 4 initiations for the most recent period, 1 January – 30 June 2005.
The Member notifying the largest number of initiations since 1995 was India,
with 15 initiations. Chile, Jordan and the United States followed, with 10
initiations each. The Czech Republic was third with 9 initiations. The 4
initiations reported for the most recent period (January-June 2005) were by
Canada, Jordan, Morocco and Pakistan.
The most frequent subject of investigations since 1995 were chemical
products (25 initiations), base metals (21 initiations), foodstuffs (15
initiations), vegetables (13 initiations) and animal products (12
initiations). For the period January-June 2005, the products subject to
newly notified investigations were bicycles (“transport equipment”),
insecticides (“chemicals”), ceramic tiles (“ceramic/glass products”) and
Concerning application of new final safeguard measures, since 1995, India
reported the largest number (8), followed by Chile and the United States (6
measures each), followed by the Czech Republic and the Philippines (5
measures each). During the period January-June 2005 Chile, the European
Communities and Indonesia each notified one new measure, on wheat flour
(“vegetable products”), salmon (“animal products”) and ceramic tableware
(“ceramic/glass products”), respectively. The European Communities
subsequently notified in April 2005 that the measure on salmon was
Pursuant to Article 2.2 of the Agreement on Safeguards, safeguard measures
are applied irrespective of the source of the imported product, with the
exception of imports originating in developing country Members pursuant to
Article 9.1 of the Agreement on Safeguards.
The data reported above are based on the notifications made by Members in
accordance with Article 12.1 of the Agreement on Safeguards during the
period specified, and does not include notifications of measures taken in
accordance with Article 5 of the Agreement on Agriculture or Section 16 of
the Protocol on the Accession of the People's Republic of China.