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Trade Policy Review Body - Overview of developments in the international trading environment - Annual report by the Director-General - (Mid-October 2015 to mid-October 2016) - Corrigendum
日期:2016/12/19
作者:WTO Director-General
文件編號:WT/TPR/OV/19/Corr.1
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 OVERVIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS

IN THE INTERNATIONAL TRADING ENVIRONMENT

Annual Report by the DIRECTOR-GENERAL[1]

 

(Mid-October 2015 to mid-October 2016)

Corrigendum

Key findings, second paragraph, should read as follows:

 

·                The latest reporting period shows a fall in the number of new trade‑restrictive measures introduced at just over 15 per month – a total of 182 for the reporting period. While this represents a reduction in the monthly figure compared to the recent peak in 2015, it is actually a return to the trend level for new trade restrictions since 2009.

 

Box 3.1 should read as follows:

Box 3.1 Trade coverage of the ITA Expansion Agreement

The review period covered by this report saw the first instances of implementation of the ITA Expansion Agreement.
According to very preliminary Secretariat estimates the trade coverage of the import-facilitating measures in the context of the ITA Expansion Agreement and recorded in this report amounted to over US$416 billion or around 2.5% of the value of total world merchandise imports.a These measures were implemented by Canada; China; the European Union; Hong Kong, China; Iceland; Israel; Malaysia; Mauritius; Montenegro; New Zealand; Norway; Chinese Taipei; Thailand and the United States and are reflected in Annex 1.

Given the very significant trade coverage value of these measures, they have not been included in the figures evaluating the trade coverage of the trade facilitating measures in Section 3.1 as it would distort the value of any comparison with previous reports.

For more details on the ITA Expansion Agreement see Section 3.9.

a             Calculated at HS six-digit level and using 2015 import figures. Singapore is not included in this figure as its tariffs on these products are already zero.

Source:   WTO Secretariat.

Table 3.10 should read as follows:

Table 3.10 Initiations of safeguard investigations

(number of new investigations)

Reporting Member

July 2013- June 2014

July 2014-June 2015

July 2015-June 2016

Chile

0

0

4

Colombia

4

0

0

Costa Rica

1

0

0

Ecuador

0

1

0

Egypt

0

3

1

India

6

1

3

Indonesia

3

0

1

Jordan

0

1

0

Kyrgyz Rep.

1

0

0

Malaysia

0

1

3

Morocco

1

1

0

Philippines

2

0

0

Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of

0

0

1

South Africa

0

0

1

Chinese Taipei

1

0

0

Thailand

1

0

1

Tunisia       

0

2

1

Turkey

1

3

0

Ukraine

0

0

1

Viet Nam

0

0

2

Zambia

0

0

1

Total

21

13

                    20

Source:   WTO Secretariat.

Paragraph 3.181, the last sentence has been deleted and the paragraph should now read as follows:

Dispute Settlement

3.181               While the high level of dispute settlement activity shows that the Membership has great confidence in the system, it has resulted in a number of panels not being able to proceed immediately after composition as not enough lawyers were immediately available to staff them. An increase in the number of staff in the Rules and Legal Affairs Divisions, as well as collaboration between the two divisions, made it possible to assign lawyers, by April 2016, to assist all of the panels that were awaiting staff as of October 2015 in accordance with the Director-General's announcement to WTO Members. Nevertheless, the continuing establishment and composition of panels over the past year has led to new delays with panels not always in a position to proceed with their work immediately after composition. As of the end of the review period, there were 28 ongoing panel and compliance panel proceedings and three panels at the composition stage. Based on the number of cases currently at the panel stage, it is expected that the workload of the Appellate Body will increase further and will remain very high in coming years. The panel report in the compliance proceedings in the EC and Certain Member States – Large Civil Aircraft dispute was circulated to WTO Members on 22 September 2016 and appealed in October. Further large appeals are expected in 2017, including an appeal in United States – Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft (Second Complaint) (Article 21.5), in which the panel report is expected to be circulated in early 2017.

5      POLICY DEVELOPMENTS IN TRADE AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Paragraph 5.5, footnote 111, and the source for Table 5.1 should refer to the World Trade Statistical Review, 2016.

Page 113, paragraph 6.43 should refer to Chart 6.6 and not Chart 6.3

ANNEX 1

The following confirmed measure should be included after measures of the European Union and before that of Iceland:

 

Hong Kong, China

Elimination of import tariffs under the Expansion of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) (352 tariff lines at 8 digit level in HS Chapters 32; 35; 37; 39; 49; 84; 85; 88; 90; 95)

WTO document G/MA/W/117/Add.9, 28 January 2016

Effective

1 July 2016

 

__________



[1] This report covers the period mid-October 2015 to mid-October 2016.  It is presented pursuant to Paragraph G of the Trade Policy Review Mechanism mandate and aims to assist the Trade Policy Review Body to undertake its annual overview of developments in the international trading environment that are having an impact on the multilateral trading system.  The report is issued under the sole responsibility of the Director‑General.  It has no legal effect on the rights and obligations of Members, nor does it have any legal implications with respect to the conformity of any measure noted in the report with any WTO Agreements or any provisions thereof.