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(e) the request for information is received after the expiry of the legal obligation of the requested Member to retain documents. 6. This Final Act and the text annexed thereto shall be deposited with the Director-General of the Contracting Parties to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, who shall forthwith transmit a certified copy thereof to each participant. (f) reference to the provisions of the domestic law and legal order of the requesting Member governing the collection, protection, use, disclosure, storage and disposal of confidential information and personal data. 6.2 The requested Member may, in accordance with its national law and legal system, require assurance prior to the transmission of information that the specific information will not be used as evidence in criminal investigations, judicial proceedings or non-customs proceedings without the express written consent of the requested Member. If the requesting member is unable to comply with this requirement, he or she must inform the requested member. The texts reproduced in this section do not have the legal validity of the original documents entrusted and kept at the WTO Secretariat in Geneva. Specific and differentiated provisions in legal texts: (a) keep strictly confidential all information or documents provided by the requested Member and provide at least the same level of protection and confidentiality as provided by the national law and legal system of the requested Member, as described in paragraph 6.1(b) or (c); 1.2 Each Member shall ensure, as soon as practicable before their entry into force, that new or amended laws and regulations of general application relating to the movement, release and clearance of goods, including goods in transit, are published or otherwise made public as soon as possible before their entry into force. give merchants and other interested parties the opportunity to know them. (a) it would be contrary to the public interest as reflected in the national law and legal order of the requested Member; The WTO Agreements are often referred to as the Final Act of the Uruguay Round of 19861994 Trade Negotiations, although the Final Act is strictly speaking the first of the agreements. You can download these texts as WordPerfect or PDF files.

(b) its national law and legal system preclude the disclosure of the information. In such a case, it shall provide the requesting Member with a copy of the relevant specific reference; Since then, negotiations have resulted in other legal texts such as the Information Technology Agreement, Services and Accession Protocols. Further negotiations were launched at the Doha Ministerial Conference in November 2001. 1.1 Each Member shall, to the extent possible and in accordance with its domestic law and legal system, provide traders and other interested parties with a reasonable opportunity and time to comment on the adoption or proposed amendment of laws and regulations of general application relating to the movement, release and clearance of goods. including goods in transit. 1.3 Changes in rights or duties, exculpatory measures, measures whose effectiveness would be affected by compliance with paragraphs 1.1 or 1.2, emergency measures or minor changes in national laws and legal systems are excluded from paragraphs 1.1 and 1.2 respectively. (b) under the preferential arrangements provided for in Annex A, until the conclusion of the negotiations referred to therein. 1. Upon entry into force of this Agreement, each developing country Member shall comply with its Category A obligations. The commitments referred to in Category A therefore become an integral part of this Agreement. 6. (a) Specific duties and charges set out in the schedules of Parties that are members of the International Monetary Fund and the preferential margins of specific duties and charges maintained by those Parties shall be expressed in the relevant currency at the face value accepted or provisionally recognized by the Fund at the date of this Agreement.

If this nominal value is reduced by more than twenty % in accordance with the Articles of Agreement of the International Monetary Fund, such specific duties and taxes and preferential margins may be adjusted to take account of such reduction; provided that the PARTIES (i.e. the Parties, acting jointly in accordance with Article XXV), agree that such adjustments shall not affect the value of concessions provided for in the relevant Schedule or elsewhere in this Agreement, with due regard to any factors affecting the necessity or urgency of such adjustments. Each Member shall adopt or maintain, to the extent possible, procedures for the electronic payment of duties, taxes, fees and charges levied on customs duties incurred on importation and exportation. Developing countries, in particular least-developed countries, will benefit from greater flexibility in the implementation of certain WTO rules. 3. Accordingly, Parties should endeavour to avoid the use of subsidies for exports of primary products. However, if a Party provides, directly or indirectly, a subsidy to increase exports of a primary good from its territory, that subsidy shall not be applied in such a way that that Party, taking into account its shares in that trade in that good during a previous representative period, represents more than an appropriate share of world export trade in that good. has; (b) In the case of import restrictions involving the establishment of quotas, the Party applying the restrictions shall make public the quantity or total value of the good or goods that may be imported in a specified future period and of any change in that quantity or value. Deliveries of the product in question which were in transit at the time of publication are not excluded from importation; Provided that they can be counted, as far as possible, against the quantity imported during the period concerned and, where appropriate, against the quantities imported during the following period or periods; and provided that, for a period of thirty days from the date of such publication, a Contracting Party normally exempts products released for consumption or withdrawn from storage from such restrictions, such practice shall be deemed to constitute full compliance with this subparagraph.

(a) provide adequate infrastructure and bear the customs costs associated with the processing of expedited shipments in cases where the applicant meets the Member`s requirements for such processing to be carried out in a specialized facility; 1. Developing country Members and least-developed country Members that have notified provisions in Categories B and C may move provisions between these categories by submitting a notification to the Committee. When a Member proposes to move a provision from Category B to Category C, it shall provide information on the assistance and support needed for capacity building. 5. Prior to the adoption of the WTO Agreement, participants which are not Parties to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade shall have previously concluded negotiations for accession to the General Agreement and shall become Parties to this Agreement. For participants which are not parties to the GATT at the time of the Final Act, the schedules are not definitive and are subsequently supplemented for the purposes of their accession to the GATT and their acceptance of the WTO Agreement. 1.2 The Committee shall be open to all members and shall elect its own Chairperson. The Committee shall meet as necessary and as provided for in the relevant provisions of this Agreement, and at least once a year, to give Members an opportunity to consult on any matter relating to the implementation of this Agreement or the achievement of its objectives. The Committee shall perform the functions assigned to it by this Agreement or by its Members.