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On 18 May 2018, Japan submitted a notification under article 12.5 of the WTO Safeguard Agreement on the decision to suspend concessions and other obligations stipulated in said agreement. The proposed suspension follows the imposition of tariffs on imports of certain steel and aluminium goods by the United States on 23 March 2018, see related state act.
As Japan does not view the measures imposed by the United States for reasons of national security, rather that these are safeguard measures, the country reserves its right to suspend concessions towards the United States. Japan hereto stated that: "the proposed suspension of concessions referred to in Article 8.2 of the Agreement on Safeguards will take the form of an equivalent increase in duties on selected products originating in the United States." Japan will notify the Council before the suspension is applied.
Notably, five other countries also notified the WTO of suspending concessions and other obligations in reaction to the imposition of steel and aluminium duties by the United States, see related state acts.
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