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This page gathers key information on Afghanistan's negotiations to join the WTO. Afghanistan became the 164th WTO member on 29July 2016.

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Afghanistan's Timeline

I. Overview
Application Received 10/04/2003  WT/ACC/AFG/1
21/11/2004  WT/ACC/AFG/2
Accession Working Party established 13/12/2004  WT/GC/M/90
Terms of reference & accession Working Party membership  23/02/2005  WT/ACC/AFG/3  + ( revisions)
Chairperson of the Accession Working Party   
3rd 05/2012 — present Ambassador Roderick van Schreven (Netherlands)
2nd 05/2009 — 5/2012 Ambassador Boudewijn Van Eenennaam (Netherlands)
1st 12/2005 — 5/2009 Ambassador Ian M. De Jong (Netherlands)
Formal Meetings of the Working Party Date of the meeting Convening notice Statement(s) by the Head of the Delegation Statement(s) by Working Party members Delegation list Other documents for the meeting News item
1st 31/01/2011 News item
2nd 18/06/2012 News item
3rd 07/12/2012 News item
4th 25/07/2013 Documents News item
5th 11/11/2015 Documents News item
Informal Meetings of the Working Party Date of the meeting Convening fax Statement(s) by the Head of the Delegation
Plurilateral Meetings Date of the meeting Convening fax Statement(s) by the Head of the Delegation
on agriculture 25/07/2013
II. Multilateral Negotiations
Memorandum on the Foreign Trade Regime (MFTR)  31/03/2009  WT/ACC/AFG/4
Initial cycle(s) of Questions and Replies, following the circulation of the MFTR 26/07/2010  WT/ACC/AFG/5   (+  addendum)
Factual Summary of Points Raised  03/05/2012
Additional Questions & Replies 28/10/2011  WT/ACC/AFG/7
31/10/2012  WT/ACC/AFG/17
10/04/2013  WT/ACC/AFG/24
07/06/2013  WT/ACC/AFG/27
27/06/2013  WT/ACC/AFG/28
02/07/2013  WT/ACC/AFG/29
14/10/2013  WT/ACC/AFG/32
21/10/2013  WT/ACC/AFG/34
Elements of a Draft Report of the Working Party  09/11/2012 (+ )
Draft Report of the Working Party  24/06/2013   (+ )
~ updated 19/10/2015
Agriculture (WT/ACC/22/Add.1), including Questions and Replies  29/10/2012  
SPS Checklist (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 06/02/2012  WT/ACC/AFG/11  (+  addendum)
TBT Checklist (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 26/04/2012  WT/ACC/AFG/13
TRIPS Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 28/10/2011  WT/ACC/AFG/8  (+  revision)
Import Licensing Procedures Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22 + revisions 08/11/2011  WT/ACC/AFG/10  (+  revision)
Customs Valuation Checklist (WT/ACC/22 + revisions 26/07/2010  WT/ACC/AFG/6  (+  revisions)
State-Trading Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22 + revisions
Draft Subsidies Notification (WT/ACC/22/Add.2
Comprehensive Legislative Action Plan (LAP)  28/10/2011  WT/ACC/AFG/9  (+  revisions)
15/07/2013  WT/ACC/AFG/30  (+  revisions)
Rule-specific Action Plans 
Legislation and implementing regulations    Click for details Legislation notice Notified legislation
27/07/2010  WT/ACC/AFG/5/Add.1
28/10/2011  WT/ACC/AFG/7/Add.1
07/02/2012  WT/ACC/AFG/12
25/04/2012  WT/ACC/AFG/14
07/06/2012  WT/ACC/AFG/16
14/11/2012  WT/ACC/AFG/19
15/11/2012  WT/ACC/AFG/20
19/11/2012  WT/ACC/AFG/21
22/11/2012  WT/ACC/AFG/22
26/11/2012  WT/ACC/AFG/23
13/05/2013  WT/ACC/AFG/25
23/05/2013  WT/ACC/AFG/26
10/10/2013  WT/ACC/AFG/31
18/10/2013  WT/ACC/AFG/33
03/03/2014  WT/ACC/AFG/35
Consultation documents    Click for details Consultation notice Notified consultation document
28/10/2011  WT/ACC/AFG/7/Add.2  
  •  Quality Certificate, Afghan Raisin, Fruits and Vegetables Export Promotion Administration
  •  Condition of Statement which has been prepared in order to prevent contagious diseases (zoonosis) while importation and exportation of livestock and their products from Afghanistan to other countries or from other countries of Afghanistan and also to promote animal and poultry breeds, General Department of Livestock and Animal Health
  •  Condition of Statement for companies, national entrepreneurs, international organizations and nongovernmental organization who wish to import medication, animal vaccines, and other chemical and biological materials which are related to animal health, General Department of Livestock and Animal Health
  •  Phythosanitary Certificate, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock
  •  Veterinary Certificate, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock
  •  Water Chemical Lab Analysis Certificate, Ministry of Public Health
  •  Bacteriology Laboratory of Water and Food Certificate, Ministry of Public Health
  •  Food Quality Control Analysis Certificate (Chemical Analysis Lab of Food), Ministry of Public Health
06/06/2012  WT/ACC/AFG/15
  •  Note on General Transparency
09/11/2012  WT/ACC/AFG/18
24/06/2013
  •  Draft Sepcific commitments proposed by Afghanistan
III. Bilateral Market Access Negotiations 
Goods Offer(s)  14/11/2012
Services Offer(s)  13/06/2012
Register of Bilateral Market Access Agreements 
Draft Goods Schedule  14/02/2014 (+ )
~ updated 19/10/2015
Draft Services Schedule  13/06/2012
~ updated 19/10/2015
Goods and Services Technical Verification Meetings  Date of the meeting Convening fax
 On goods and services 27/02/2014
IV. Summary of Final Meeting of the Working Party
   
V. Accession Package (“Terms of Accession”, de-restricted) 
Ministerial Conference/General Council Decision on the Accession 17/12/2015   News item
Protocol of Accession  17/12/2015
Report of the Working Party 13/11/2015  WT/ACC/AFG/36, WT/MIN(15)/6
Goods Schedule (Schedule of Concessions and Commitments Annexed to the GATT 1994)  13/11/2015  WT/ACC/AFG/36/Add.1; WT/MIN(15)/6/Add.1
Services Schedule (Schedule of Specific Commitments Annexed to the GATS  13/11/2015  WT/ACC/AFG/36/Add.2; WT/MIN(15)/6/Add.2
VI. Accessions Commitments Database (ACDB) 
Specific Accession Commitments   http://acdb.wto.org/ click on “Report by Member”, select “Afghanistan” in drop down list then click on “View Report”
VII. Instrument of Acceptance 
Notification of Acceptance and Entry Into Force of the Protocol of Accession 29/06/2016 News item
VIII. Date of Membership
   29/07/2016 164th WTO member News item
IX. Since 1995, this is the…
36th economy that joined the WTO pursuant to Article XII of the Marrakesh Agreement.

Note:
The de-restriction of documents is a key component of the transparency obligations of the Multilateral Trading System.  Paragraphs 1 and 2(e) of the Ministerial Council Decision WT/L/452 of 14 May 2002 provide that “documents relating to working parties on accession shall be restricted and shall be automatically de-restricted upon the adoption of the report of the working party” by the Ministerial Conference/General Council.  The time of completion of the de-restriction process depends on the amount and complexities of the documents involved.  Prior to 2002, the de-restriction of accession-related documents was governed by a different set of rules (i.e. General Council Decision WT/L/160/Rev.1 of 26 July 1996), which only affect documents circulated prior to 2002.