market access for goods

Information session on quantitative restrictionsáandátheirárelation toámultilateral environmental agreements

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Programme

15:00 - 15:10

Welcome and introduction

Speaker

  • Mr. Chakarin Komolsiri, Chairperson, Committee on Market Access

Session 1 — 15:10 ľ 15:45

Introduction to Quantitative Restrictions (QRs)

  • Definition of QRs in Article XI of the GATT 1994
  • Carve-outs and exceptions
  • The 2012 Decision on notification procedures
  • Overview of QRs notified by WTO Members

Q&A session

Speakers

  • Roberta Lascari/Simon Neumueller, Market Access Division, WTO
    Presentation

Session 2 — 15:45ľ 16:15

Trade-related measures in Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs)

  • Overview of Membership to MEAs
  • The WTO's Environmental Database (EDB)
  • Trade-related environmental measures that fall within the scope of the QR Decision

Q&A session

Speakers

  • Sajal Mathur/Marisol Dar Ali Rothschuh, Trade and Environment Division, WTO
    Presentation

Session 3 — 16:15-17:00

Case study: the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions

  • Overview of the BRS Conventions
  • Product coverage
  • Latest amendments
  • What are the trade-related measures? How do these agreements operate?
  • National contact points

Q&A session

Speakers

  • Malika AmÚlie Sonia Taoufiq-Cailliau, Legal Officer, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions, UN Environment Programme
    Presentation

Session 4 — 17:00-17:30

Classification of products covered by MEAs in the Harmonized System (HS): the WCO “Interconnection tables”

Q&A session

Speaker

  • Sujin Yuk, Technical Officer HS Nomenclature, World Customs Organization
    Presentation

Session 5 — 17:30-18:00

Experience sharing: lessons learnt by delegations that have notified QR related environmental measures

Q&A session

Speakers

  • WTO delegates

18:00

Closing remarks

Speaker

  • Mr. Chakarin Komolsiri Chairperson, Committee on Market Access

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