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This page gathers key information on Liberia's negotiations to join the WTO. Liberia became the 163rd WTO member on 14 July 2016.

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Liberia's Timeline

I. Overview
Application received 25/06/2007  WT/ACC/LBR/1
Accession Working Party established 18/12/2007  WT/GC/M/112
Terms of reference & accession Working Party membership  17/01/2008  WT/ACC/LBR/2  + ( revisions)
Chairperson of the Accession Working Party   
1st 09/05/2012 - 06/10/2015 H.E. Mr Joakim Reiter (Sweden)
Formal Meetings of the Working Party 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 11/07/2012
2nd 07/05/2015 Documents News item
3rd 23/07/2015  WT/ACC/LBR/18 Documents News item
4th 06/10/2015 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 07/05/2015 — 
II. Multilateral Negotiations
Memorandum on the Foreign Trade Regime (MFTR)  20/04/2011  WT/ACC/LBR/3
Initial cycle(s) of Questions and Replies, following the circulation of the MFTR 11/06/2012  WT/ACC/LBR/4
28/11/2014  WT/ACC/LBR/14
Factual Summary of Points Raised 
Additional Questions & Replies 30/06/2015  WT/ACC/LBR/16
Elements of a Draft Report of the Working Party 
Draft Report of the Working Party  24/03/2015   ( +  corrigendum & revisions)
Agriculture (WT/ACC/22/Add.1), including Questions and Replies  08/06/2012   (+ )
SPS Checklist (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 11/06/2012  WT/ACC/LBR/7  (+  addendum)
TBT Checklist (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 11/06/2012  WT/ACC/LBR/8  (+  addendum)
TRIPS Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 11/06/2012  WT/ACC/LBR/9   (+  revision)
Import Licensing Procedures Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22 + revisions 28/11/2014  WT/ACC/LBR/11 (+  revision)
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)  28/11/2014  WT/ACC/LBR/13 (+  revisions)
Rule-specific Action Plans 
Legislation and implementing regulations    Click for details Legislation notice Notified legislation
11/06/2012  WT/ACC/LBR/5
17/06/2012  WT/ACC/LBR/10
28/11/2014  WT/ACC/LBR/12
30/06/2015  WT/ACC/LBR/15
16/07/2015  WT/ACC/LBR/17
04/09/2015  WT/ACC/LBR/19
29/09/2015  WT/ACC/LBR/21
Consultation documents    Click for details Consultation notice Notified consultation document
11/06/2012  WT/ACC/LBR/6
04/09/2015  WT/ACC/LBR/20
  •  Liberia's 3-year Migration Programme to the ECOWAS Common External Tariff (CET)
  •  Letter by the Liberia Revenue Authority on pre-shipment inspection services, dated 10 July 2015
23/09/2015  WT/ACC/LBR/22
  •  Pre-shipment Inspection and Institution Capacity Building Services Agreement
III. Bilateral Market Access Negotiations 
Goods Offer(s)  11/11/2014 (initial and final)
Services Offer(s)  11/11/2014 (initial and final)
Register of Bilateral Market Access Agreements 
Draft Goods Schedule  17/07/2015   (+ )
Draft Services Schedule  17/07/2015   (+ )
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 16/12/2015   News item
Protocol of Accession  16/12/2015
Report of the Working Party 09/10/2015  WT/ACC/LBR/23 +  WT/MIN(15)/2
Goods Schedule (Schedule of Concessions and Commitments Annexed to the GATT 1994)  09/10/2015  WT/ACC/LBR/23/Add.1 +  WT/MIN(15)/2
Services Schedule (Schedule of Specific Commitments Annexed to the GATS)  09/10/2015  WT/ACC/LBR/23/Add.2 +  WT/MIN(15)/2
VI. Accessions Commitments Database (ACDB) 
Specific Accession Commitments click on “Report by Member”, select “Liberia, Republic of” 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 14/06/2016 News item
VIII. Date of Membership
   14/07/2016 163rd WTO member News item
IX. Since 1995, this is the…
 35th 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.