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This page gathers key information on Jordan's negotiations to join the WTO.  Jordan became the 136th WTO Member on 11 April 2000.

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WTO accession process in brief



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Jordan's Timeline

I. Overview
GATT application received 06/01/1994  L/7378
GATT Accession Working Party established 25/01/1994  SR.49/1 and L/7399
GATT Terms of reference & accession Working Party membership 08/02/1994  L/7404   (+  revisions)
WTO application received & WTO accession Working Party established  04/10/1995  WT/ACC/JOR/1 (Request to transform the Working Party on the Accession of Jordan to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1947 into a WTO accession Working Party. As per document WT/ACC/JOR/1 of 4 October 1995, the Working Party on the Accession of Jordan to the GATT 1947 was transformed into a WTO Accession Working Party, in accordance with the decision adopted by the General Council on 31 January 1995. Document WT/ACC/JOR/1 also reproduced the name of the Chairperson and the terms of reference of the Working Party.)
WTO terms of reference & accession Working Party membership  01/11/1996  WT/ACC/JOR/5  + ( revisions)
Chairperson of the Accession Working Party     
1st 03/1994 - 11/1999 Ambassador K. KESAVAPANY (Singapore)
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 28/10/1996 WT/ACC/JOR/6
2nd 04/07/1997
3rd 22/07/1998 WT/ACC/SPEC/JOR/3
4th 22/10/1999
5th 24/11/1999
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
II. Multilateral Negotiations
Memorandum on the Foreign Trade Regime (MFTR)  10/10/1994  L/7533
~updated 27/06/1996  WT/ACC/JOR/2
06/11/1996 WT/ACC/JOR/3 (+  addendum & corrigenda)
Initial cycle(s) of Questions and Replies, following the circulation of the MFTR 04/06/1997  WT/ACC/JOR/8
04/06/1997  WT/ACC/JOR/9
19/06/1998  WT/ACC/JOR/13
17/03/1999  WT/ACC/JOR/18
Factual Summary of Points Raised 
Additional Questions & Replies 30/09/1999  WT/ACC/JOR/22
25/11/1999  WT/ACC/JOR/32
Elements of a Draft Report of the Working Party  23/04/1999  WT/ACC/SPEC/JOR/6
Draft Report of the Working Party  08/10/1999  WT/ACC/SPEC/JOR/7  (+  revision & corrigendum)
Agriculture (WT/ACC/22/Add.1), including Questions and Replies  03/07/1998  WT/ACC/SPEC/JOR/2  (+  revisions & corrigenda)
SPS Checklist (WT/ACC/22/Add.2
TBT Checklist (WT/ACC/22/Add.2
TRIPS Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22/Add.2
Import Licensing Procedures Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22 + revisions
Customs Valuation Checklist (WT/ACC/22 + revisions
State-Trading Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22 + revisions
Draft Subsidies Notification (WT/ACC/22/Add.2
Comprehensive Legislative Action Plan (LAP)  15/09/1999  WT/ACC/JOR/21  (+  corrigendum)
01/10/1999  WT/ACC/JOR/24
Rule-specific Action Plans 
Legislation and implementing regulations  Click for details Legislation notice Notified legislation
08/11/1996  WT/ACC/JOR/4
  •  Customs Law No. 16 of 1983
  •  Income Tax Law No. 57 of 1985, Law No. 4 of 1992 and Law No. 14 of 1995
  •  Investment Promotion Law No. 16 of 1995 and Regulations
  •  Law No. 15 of Standards and Metrology, effective 16 January 1995 (unofficial translation)
  •  Law No. 9 Amending the law on the Control of the Insurance Business and Regulation No. 33 of the Year 1995 on Insurance Companies (unofficial translation)
10/07/1997  WT/ACC/JOR/11
  •  Banking Legislations in Jordan (1994)
  •  Commodities' Marks Act No. 19 of 1953
  •  Telecommuniations Law of the Year 1995
  •  Patents and Designs Law and Rules (1953)
  •  Trade Mark Law and Regulations in Hashemite Jordan (1 July 1952)
25/05/1998  WT/ACC/JOR/12
  •  Companies Law No. 22 of 1977
  •  Draft Amended Copyright Law No. 22 of 1992
  •  Banking Legislation in Jordan (1994)
  •  Instructions No. 4 for the Year 1995 - Preparation of Jordanian Standards
  •  Tenders Regulation No. 1 of 1994
  •  Securities Law of 1997 (unofficial translation)
  •  Telecommunications Law No. 13 of 1995 (unofficial translation)
16/09/1998  WT/ACC/JOR/15
  •  Agricultural Law No. 20/1973
09/12/1998  WT/ACC/JOR/16
12/03/1999  WT/ACC/JOR/17
30/04/1999  WT/ACC/JOR/19
01/10/1999  WT/ACC/JOR/23
20/10/1999  WT/ACC/JOR/29
Consultation documents    Click for details Consultation notice Notified consultation document
15/11/1996  WT/ACC/JOR/3/Add.1
  •  Major Economic Indicators
18/11/1996  WT/ACC/JOR/7  Information Packet of the Investment Promotion Corporation dated October 1996
06/06/1997  WT/ACC/JOR/10  Check List of Documents
10/06/1997  WT/ACC/JOR/8/Add.1  Customs Tariff of Jordan in diskette form
01/07/1998  WT/ACC/JOR/14  An Introduction to Jordan's Agriculture Sector and Agricultural Policies
09/07/1998  WT/ACC/JOR/10/Rev.1  Check List of Documents
06/01/1999  WT/ACC/SPEC/JOR/4  Information on Policy Measures Affecting Trade in Services
06/05/1999  WT/ACC/JOR/10/Rev.2  Check List of Documents
26/05/1999  WT/ACC/JOR/20  Import Statistics for the major trade partners of Jordan
04/10/1999  WT/ACC/JOR/25  Report on the Right to Trade
04/10/1999  WT/ACC/JOR/26  Report on State Trading
04/10/1999  WT/ACC/JOR/27  Report on Fees/Charges
04/10/1999  WT/ACC/JOR/28  Report on Import/Export Licensing - Proposal
14/10/1999  WT/ACC/JOR/10/Rev.3  Check List of Documents
20/10/1999  WT/ACC/JOR/29 TBT Conformity Table (11 October 1999)
23/11/1999  WT/ACC/JOR/30  Communication from Jordan
16/11/1999  WT/ACC/JOR/31  Schedule of Notification Obligations of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan under the WTO Agreements
17/01/2000  WT/ACC/JOR/36  List of Goods subject to Mandatory Standards
III. Bilateral Market Access Negotiations 
Goods Offer(s)  03/07/1998  WT/ACC/SPEC/JOR/1  (+  addendum)
Services Offer(s)  07/01/1999  WT/ACC/SPEC/JOR/5  (+  revision and corrigendum)
Register of Bilateral Market Access Agreements 
Draft Goods Schedule  24/11/1999  WT/ACC/SPEC/JOR/9
Draft Services Schedule  23/11/1999  WT/ACC/SPEC/JOR/8
Goods and Services Technical Verification Meetings 
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 17/12/1999  WT/ACC/JOR/34 Minutes of Meeting of the General Council held on 17 December 1999, see WT/GC/M/52
Protocol of Accession  17/12/1999  WT/ACC/JOR/35
Report of the Working Party 03/12/1999  WT/ACC/JOR/33; WT/MIN(99)/9   (+  corrigendum)
Goods Schedule (Schedule of Concessions and Commitments Annexed to the GATT 1994)  03/12/1999  WT/ACC/JOR/33/Add.1;  WT/MIN(99)/9/Add.1
Services Schedule (Schedule of Specific Commitments Annexed to the GATS)  03/12/1999  WT/ACC/JOR/33/Add.2;  WT/MIN(99)/9/Add.2
VI. Accessions Commitments Database (ACDB) 
Specific Accession Commitments click on “Report by Member”, select “Jordan” 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 12/03/2000  WT/LET/333
VIII. Date of Membership
  11/04/2000 136th Member News item
IX. Since 1995, this is the…
8th economy that joined the WTO pursuant to Article XII of the Marrakesh Agreement.

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.