Notifications under the agreement on implementation of Article VI of GATT 1994
Notifications of Anti-Dumping legislation and/or regulations
Article 18.5 of the AD Agreement requires Members to notify their domestic laws and/or regulations relating to anti-dumping to the ADP Committee. Members that have no anti-dumping laws or regulations should notify that fact. These notifications are in the form of the full texts of the relevant laws and/or regulations, and are available in each of the three WTO languages (English, French, and Spanish). The notifications can be found in document series G/ADP/N/1/ , with the notifying Member identified at the end of the symbol by its three-letter ISO country code, followed by a number. As there may be corrections, revisions, and/or supplements to any given notification, the complete notification of a Member may include several documents with the same number, followed by additional letters to indicate the type of additional document in question. Thus, for example, the original legislation notification of Japan would be designated G/ADP/N/1/JPN/1. A correction to that document would be designated G/ADP/N/1/JPN/1/Corr.1. A supplemental notification, for instance of additional regulations or administrative provisions, would be designated G/ADP/N/1/JPN/1/Suppl.1. If a new legislation or regulation, replacing that originally notified, were to be submitted, the next higher number in sequence would be used to identify the notification as replacing all previous notifications by that Member. Thus, if Japan were to submit a notification of a new legislation, it would be designated G/ADP/N/1/JPN/2. Corrections, revisions, and supplements to the new notification would be numbered as described above. Thus, the document with the highest number, and any corrections, supplements, or revisions to that document, will contain the latest full text notification of a Member's anti-dumping legislation and/or regulations.
Notifications of legislation by Members are subject
to review in the ADP Committee. Such review is reflected in written questions and answers,
which can be found in the document series G/ADP/Q1/
, again followed by the
three-letter ISO country code and a number indicating the sequence in which the documents
were issued. These documents are initially issued as restricted, but are derestricted and
become fully available to the public six months after circulation, unless a Member
specifically requests the contrary. Thus, for example, questions and answers regarding the
notification of legislation of Japan would be designated G/ADP/Q1/JPN/1,
G/ADP/Q1/JPN/2, and so on.
Notifications of Anti-Dumping Actions
Article 16.4 requires Members to submit a report of all anti-dumping actions they have taken, as well as a list of all anti-dumping measures in force, twice a year. These reports are normally submitted in February, covering the period 1 July through 31 December of the previous calendar year, and in August, covering the period 1 January through 30 June of the current calendar year. A format for these reports, with explanations, can be found in document G/ADP/1. Members who have taken no actions are nonetheless required to make a notification, but such nil notifications are frequently in the form of a letter rather than the following the format. Such nil notifications are generally not circulated as documents, but are identified in the summary (see below).
Semi-annual reports for each six-month period have
their own document number, with each Member's report identified with its three-letter ISO
country code. For example, the semi-annual reports for the first half of 1998 can be found
in document series G/ADP/N/41
. Thus, the semi-annual report of Canada for
that period would be designated G/ADP/N/41/CAN. A summary of the status of
semi-annual reports for that period, setting forth which Members notified actions taken,
which Members notified no actions taken, and which Members have not yet submitted a
semi-annual report, would be found in document G/ADP/N/41/Add.1. Updates to the
summary, designated by higher numbers in sequence, are generally issued twice a year, in
April and October. Thus, the addendum document with the highest number will contain the
most recent information as to the status of these notifications.
Notifications of Preliminary and Final Actions
Article 16.4 requires Members to report without delay all preliminary or final actions
taken. There is no specific format for these notifications. The notifications often are
made by submitting the full text of a Member's public notice regarding the action, but in
any event should contain the information described in the guidelines adopted by the ADP
Committee, which can be found in document G/ADP/2. A list of such notifications
submitted to the ADP Committee is circulated approximately monthly as a document in the G/ADP/N
series. The actual notifications are frequently lengthy and are thus not circulated in
full, although they are made available at the WTO Secretariat for consultation by
Notifications of Competent Authorities
Article 16.5 requires Members to notify the ADP Committee which of its authorities are competent to initiate and conduct anti-dumping investigations. The list of such notifications includes addresses and contact numbers. It is periodically updated, and can be found in document G/ADP/N/14/Add . The addendum document with the highest number will contain the most recent information.