Sectoral Approach WTO Non-agricultural Market Access Department of Trade Negotiations May 2006
Overview • Non-Mandatory • Aim to reduce tariffs over and above formula (most aim to eliminate tariffs) • Interested members form discussion groups on treatment of goods in particular sectors
Common Elements • Product coverage • Target end rates • Implementation schedule • Critical mass level • Special and Differential treatment for developing countries
Product Coverage • What products should be included.
Target End Rates • Elimination • Harmonization (Over and above formula)
Implementation Schedule • Immediately • Same as standard (formula) • Others
Critical Mass Level • What constitutes a critical mass of participants. • How to determine threshold. Trade = Imp + Exp
S & D for Developing • Longer implementation period • Zero – for – X • Limited products exemption
Currently under discussion / / / / / / / / / / / Cosponsor / / / / initiated Consult Results No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Competitive (study of CITS) Fair N/A N/A Fair Fair Fair N/A High N/A Fair N/A N/A N/A Fair Sectors Auto & related parts Bicycle & related parts Chemicals Electronics/electrical Fish & fish products Footwear Forest products Gems & jewelry Hand tools Leather products Pharma & Med. Devices Raw Materials Sports equipments Textile & Clothing
Q & A ? Thank You.