Republic of Korea: Revisions to tariffs for anti-pollutant products
The Republic of Korea offers a 50 percent reduction in tariffs in products classified as anti-pollutants. In 2008, 115 products were so-classified. The tariff savings on such imports amounted to 19 billion won.
On 11 June 2009 Korea adjusted with immediate effect the list of products eligible for the tariff reduction. Sixteen products, associated with hybrid car production and recycling facilities, were added to the list. Eighteen other products were removed from the list. The Ministry of Strategy and Finance, in a press release, noted that these changes would save 2 billion won in tariff cuts.
Any Evidence-Based Deliberation:
|Is there anything in the public record to suggest that evidence of the effectiveness of the proposed measure was considered during official deliberations?||No|
|Is there any evidence that alternatives to the proposed measure were considered?||No|
|Is there anything in the public record that suggests that empirical evidence informed the comparison across the alternatives available to government?||No|
|Was such evidence identified?||No|
|Is such evidence publicly available?||No|
|Did the official decision-maker in question provide an explanation as to why a chosen measure was favoured over alternatives?||No|
|Is there any evidence to suggest that potentially affected trading partners were consulted before the measures were taken?||No|
|Is there any evidence that safeguards have been put in place to ensure that implementation of the initiative is transparent and non-discriminatory?||No|
|Did the government state its intention to review the measure within one year of implementation?||No|
Date of inception: 11 Jun 2009
GTA Evaluation: Amber
Ministry of Strategy and Finance. (11 June 2009). Tariff Cuts on Anti-pollutant Products Revised. Available at