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This page gathers key information on Yemen's negotiations to join the WTO.  Yemen became the 160th WTO Member on 26 June 2014.

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Yemen's Timeline

I. Overview
Application received 12/04/2000  WT/ACC/YEM/1
Accession Working Party established 17/07/2000  WT/GC/M/57
Terms of reference & accession Working Party membership  26/07/2001  WT/ACC/YEM/2  + ( revisions)
Chairperson of the Accession Working Party:     
1st 05/2003—09/2013 Mr Hartmut Röben (Germany)
Formal Meetings of the Working Party Date of the meeting Convening notice/fax Statement(s) by the Head of the Delegation Statement(s) by Working Party members Delegation list Other documents for the meeting News item
1 30/11/2004
2 03/10/2005 News item
3 07/07/2006
4 02/11/2007 News item
5 24/10/2008 News item
6 03/07/2009
7 26/01/2010
8 21/09/2010
9 30/04/2012
10 23/07/2012
11 26/09/2013 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
II. Multilateral Negotiations
Memorandum on the Foreign Trade Regime (MFTR)  20/11/2002  WT/ACC/YEM/3
Initial cycle(s) of Questions and Replies, following the circulation of the MFTR 22/06/2004  WT/ACC/YEM/4
19/07/2005  WT/ACC/YEM/6
Factual Summary of Points Raised  06/09/2005
Additional Questions & Replies 22/05/2006  WT/ACC/YEM/10
11/07/2007  WT/ACC/YEM/18
30/07/2007  WT/ACC/YEM/18/Add.2
19/05/2008  WT/ACC/YEM/21
16/09/2008  WT/ACC/YEM/23
06/04/2009  WT/ACC/YEM/26
26/11/2009  WT/ACC/YEM/28
31/03/2010  WT/ACC/YEM/32
16/06/2010  WT/ACC/YEM/33
05/11/2010  WT/ACC/YEM/34
17/07/2012  WT/ACC/YEM/39
18/12/2012  WT/ACC/YEM/41
Elements of a Draft Report of the Working Party  29/09/2008  WT/ACC/SPEC/YEM/4  (+  WT/ACC/SPEC/YEM/4/Rev.1 )
Draft Report of the Working Party  14/12/2009  WT/ACC/SPEC/YEM/5  (+  revisions)
Agriculture (WT/ACC/22/Add.1), including Questions and Replies  18/08/2005  WT/ACC/SPEC/YEM/1  (+  revisions)
SPS Checklist (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 22/06/2004  WT/ACC/YEM/5
23/05/2006  WT/ACC/YEM/12  (+  revision)
TBT Checklist (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 22/06/2004  WT/ACC/YEM/5 
16/05/2008  WT/ACC/YEM/22
TRIPS Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 21/07/2005  WT/ACC/YEM/7  (+  revision)
Import Licensing Procedures Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22 + revisions 13/07/2007  WT/ACC/YEM/20  (+  addendum)
Customs Valuation Checklist (WT/ACC/22 + revisions
State-Trading Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22 + revisions
Draft Subsidies Notification (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 27/11/2009  WT/ACC/YEM/29
Legislative Action Plan (LAP))  01/08/2005  WT/ACC/YEM/9  (+  revisions)
Rule-specific Action Plans  21/07/2005  WT/ACC/YEM/8 (TRIPS)  (+  revisions)
23/05/2006  WT/ACC/YEM/13 (SPS)  (+  revisions)
23/05/2006  WT/ACC/YEM/15 (TBT)  (+  revisions)
13/07/2007  WT/ACC/YEM/19 (Customs Valuation)  (+  revisions)
16/09/2008  WT/ACC/YEM/24 (Trading Rights)  (+  revisions)
03/04/2009  WT/ACC/YEM/27 (Eliminating Subsidies Contingent upon the Use of Domestic over Imported Goods)  (+  revisions)
27/11/2009  WT/ACC/YEM/30 (TRIMs)
27/11/2009  WT/ACC/YEM/31 (Fees for services rendered)  (+  revisions)
Legislation and implementing regulations    Click for details Legislation notice Notified legislation
17/06/2004  WT/ACC/YEM/4/Add.1
17/08/2005  WT/ACC/YEM/6/Add.1
13/07/2007  WT/ACC/YEM/18/Add.1
16/05/2008  WT/ACC/YEM/21/Add.1
16/09/2008  WT/ACC/YEM/23/Add.1
06/04/2009  WT/ACC/YEM/26/Add.1
26/11/2009  WT/ACC/YEM/28/Add.1
19/01/2010  WT/ACC/YEM/28/Add.2
30/03/2010  WT/ACC/YEM/32/Add.1
18/06/2010  WT/ACC/YEM/33/Add.1
02/07/2010  WT/ACC/YEM/33/Add.2
08/11/2010  WT/ACC/YEM/34/Add.1
10/07/2012  WT/ACC/YEM/37
Consultation documents    Click for details Consultation notice Notified consultation document
22/06/2004  WT/ACC/YEM/4/Add.2 
  • Yemen Imports Statistics 2000-2002
  • Yemen Applied Tariff Rates
23/05/2006  WT/ACC/YEM/14 
  • Technical Assistance Requirements in the Area of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
23/05/2006  WT/ACC/YEM/16 
  • Priorities and Specific Needs for Technical Assistance in the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Field
23/05/2006  WT/ACC/YEM/17  (+  revision)
  • List of Prohibited Imports
16/09/2008  WT/ACC/YEM/23/Add.1 
  • Guidelines for the International Conformity Certification Programme (ICCP)
30/03/2010  WT/ACC/YEM/32/Add.1 
  • Request for an Approval to Import Agricultural Fertilizers
  • Conformity Certificate
  • Health Certificate for Export of Bovine Meat
16/07/2012  WT/ACC/YEM/38
  • Communication from Ukraine
24/07/2012  WT/ACC/YEM/40
  • Communication from Ukraine and Yemen
26/07/2009  WT/ACC/YEM/40/Add.1
  • Bilateral Market Access Negotiations on Goods between Ukraine and Yemen
III. Bilateral Market Access Negotiations 
Goods Offer(s)  12/09/2005  WT/ACC/SPEC/YEM/3  (+  revisions)
Services Offer(s)  17/08/2005  WT/ACC/SPEC/YEM/2  (+  revisions)
Register of Bilateral Market Access Agreements 
Draft Goods Schedule  22/08/2013 13/09/2013  WT/ACC/SPEC/YEM/8 (File 1; File 2)
Draft Services Schedule  25/04/2012  WT/ACC/SPEC/YEM/6  (+  revisions)
Goods and Services Technical Verification Meetings  11/09/2013 (Goods)  
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 04/12/2013  WT/L/905;WT/MIN(13)/24  News item  Briefing note
Protocol of Accession  04/12/2013  WT/L/905;WT/MIN(13)/24
Report of the Working Party 04/10/2013  WT/ACC/YEM/42
Goods Schedule (Schedule of Concessions and Commitments Annexed to the GATT 1994)  04/10/2013  WT/ACC/YEM/42/Add.1
Services Schedule (Schedule of Specific Commitments Annexed to the GATS)  04/10/2013  WT/ACC/YEM/42/Add.2
VI. Accessions Commitments Database (ACDB) 
Specific Accession Commitments click on “Report by Member”, select “Yemen” 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 27/05/2014  WT/LET/943  News item
VIII. Date of Membership
  26/06/2014 160th Member  News item
IX. Since 1995, this is the…
32nd 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.