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The 2016 Report on Compliance by Major Trading Partners with Trade Agreements (WTO, FTA/EPA and IIA) and the METI Priorities Based on the 2016 Report Released

On June 8, 2016, the Subcommittee on Unfair Trade Policies and Measures of the Trade Committee under the Industrial Structure Council compiled the 2016 Report on Compliance by Major Trading Partners with Trade Agreements (WTO, FTA/EPA and IIA). In response, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) decided to adopt the METI Priorities Based on the 2016 Report.

1. Background

(1) Outline of the report

Since 1992, the report has been annually published in order to identify trade policies/measures of major trading partners that may not be consistent with international rules, such as those WTO agreements, and to urge those partners to improve such trade policies/measures.

The 2016 edition is the 25th in this series, and was approved at the Subcommittee on Unfair Trade Policies and Measures under the Trade Policy Committee of the Industrial Structure Council (Chair: Shujiro Urata, Professor of the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University).

(2) What are the “METI Priorities Based on the Report”?

METI has released its list of priority issues and related action plans in the form of a report called “METI Priorities Based on the Report” in conjunction with the Subcommittee’s publication of the report.

2.Overview of the 2016 report

(1) Reports on 139 policies/measures (18 countries and territories are covered)

Seven policies/measures have been newly listed in the 2016 report (nine new policies/measures in the 2015 report)

China Anti-dumping (AD) measures on acrylic fibers
Cyber Security Bills
Indonesia Local content requirements for 4G/LTE mobile devices, etc.
Viet Nam Safeguard measures against semi-finished iron and steel products, steel bars, etc.
India Safeguard measures(hot rolled steel)
Republic of Korea AD measures on pneumatic valves
Tunisia Import restrictions on tires

(2) As features of the 2016 Report, the following new issues were addressed:

  • Analysis of how implementation under WTO dispute settlement mechanism is ensured and reasons therefor
  • Consideration of competitive relationships between products in AD investigation
  • Strengthening of rules for analyzing injury through WTO dispute settlement procedures
  • Rules on subsidies and industry support measures by emerging countries

3. METI Priorities Based on the 2016 Report

In this fiscal year, METI place priority on addressing the following 14 policies/measures based on the 2016 Report.

(1) Issues to be resolved through bilateral/multilateral consultations with possible use of the WTO dispute settlement mechanism

India Correction of safeguard measures (hot rolled steel) (newly added)
China Correction of inappropriate regulation/implementation of AD measures
Correction of Banking IT equipment Security Regulation
Indonesia Ensuring the enforcement of the New Industries Act, the New Trade Act and other related regulations in conformity with WTO agreements
Correction of export restrictions on mineral resources
United States Improvement of sunset review practice and early termination of inappropriate long-standing AD measures on Japanese products

(2) Issues already referred to the WTO dispute settlement mechanism

Republic of Korea Correction of AD duty measures on pneumatic valves (newly added)
Brazil Correction of discriminatory systems/implementation of the Industrial Product Tax (IPI)

(3) Issues on which Japan urges prompt implementation of the WTO recommendations

China Elimination of AD duty measures on high-performance stainless steel seamless tubes from Japan
Argentina Elimination of import restrictions on a wide range of items
United States Complete abolition of zeroing
Halt of the distribution of duty revenues collected through AD and countervailing duty measures on U.S. companies based upon the Byrd Amendment

(Reference) Process to resolve problems caused by trade measures

Process to resolve problems caused by trade measures chart

Reference

Release date

June 8, 2016

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