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On 6 April 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 safeguard duties on imports of certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic ("CSPV") cells and modules from 7 February 2018 until 6 February 2022 by the United States, see related state act. As such, Japan will impose equivalent duties to the amount of trade affected by said US measure. The country in this context stated that: "Details of the said suspension of concessions will be provided to the Council for Trade in Goods before the suspension of concessions is applied." Japan did not specify which products and the level of duty.
Notably, the Republic of Korea and China also notified the WTO of suspending concessions and other obligations in reaction to the imposition of duties on certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic by the United States, see related state acts.
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