ANNOUNCEMENT 22 May 2018
In May 2018, Japan notified the World Trade Organization's Council for Trade in Goods of the decision to suspend concessions and other obligations referred to in paragraph 2 of Article 8 of the agreement on Safeguards following tariff increases by the United States on certain goods.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
WTO, Council for Trade in Goods - Committee on Safeguards - Immediate notification under article 12.5 of the Agreement on Safeguards to the Council for Trade in G[...]greement on Safeguards - Japan, document No. G/L/1240 ; G/SG/N/12/JPN/4: https://docs.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/FE_Search/FE_S_S009-DP.aspx?language=E&CatalogueIdList=245263,245266,245272,245286,245249,245254,245188,245212,245213,245214&CurrentCatalogueIdIndex=0&FullTextHash=&HasEnglishRecord=True&HasFrenchRecord=True&HasSpanishRecord=True
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.