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FTA and WTO. Eki KIM WTO. World Economy and Trade. World Exports of Merchandise and Services (2010). (billion $). World Merchandise Exporters (2010). (billion $). World Service Exporters (2010). (billion $). Contractual Trade Regime:

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    1. FTA and WTO Eki KIM WTO

    2. World Economy and Trade

    3. World Exports of Merchandise and Services (2010) (billion $)

    4. World Merchandise Exporters (2010) (billion $)

    5. World Service Exporters (2010) (billion $)

    6. Contractual Trade Regime: Bilateral FTAs (US-Korea, EU-Chile), Regional FTAs (NAFTA, Pan-European System, ASEAN, COMESA etc.) • Autonomous Trade Regime: GSP, US Caribbean Basin Initiative, EBA, etc.

    7. Proliferation of PTA • Multilateral approach stumbled • Surge in PTA in 21st century • 70 PTA in force in 1990, 300 by 2010. Alliance with anyone you can Expansion of market

    8. Key Facts and Findings • All WTO Members (except Mongolia) belong to at least one PTAs. • Intra-PTA trade represents 35% of total world merchandise trade in 2008 (excluding intra-EU trade). • 13 is the average number of PTAs that a WTO Member is party to.

    9. Causes and effects of PTAs • Earlier times: to avoid relatively high tariffs. • Recently: tariffs have fallen markedly → • new regulatory matters are increasingly on PTA agendas (investment, competition policy, government procurement and services). • In 20 largest importer, only 16% qualified as preferential trade. • Preferential tariffs reduce average tariff by • 1 percentage point (US 2.5%, Korea 8.1%). • Less than 2% of world trade is eligible for preference margins above 10 percentage points.

    10. PTA and Investment • Protection against expropriation. • Commitment to compensate investors in the case expropriation. • Right to invoke the PTA’s dispute settlement mechanism: • - NAFTA allows investor-state dispute settlement (investors may submit to international arbitration a claim that a PTA state has breached obligations).

    11. Note: The depth of integration of PTAs might overlap across types of agreements in certain circumstances.

    12. Avoiding “trade deflection” in RTAs • The partner with the lowest external tariffs would serve as “port of entry” for the whole bloc. • Stringent ROO is required. A External tariff: 20% C B External tariff: 5%

    13. Diverse and Complex ROO • Origin criteria: VA, CTC • Value thresholds: 35%-80% • Calculation methods (ex-work price, gross factory cost, FOB price, averaging costs, etc). • 7% of tariff lines are excluded (agricultural, food, footwear and textiles). Compliance cost: 5-15.% Managed trade: nothing free about free trade

    14. Supply Switching • More stringent ROO favours intermediate goods originating in the region to inputs from outside the FTA More trade diversion, less trade creation • Less stringent ROO Less industry protection, more access to cheaper inputs

    15. Yarn-forwarding rule in NAFTA • Increased use of American yarn in the region • Increased investment into Mexican textile industries • Decreased use of cheap Asian yarn • Decreased import of cheap Asian clothing

    16. Cumulation • Inputs originating in other countries which are members of the regional association are regarded as domestic input and not as foreign input

    17. Diagonal cumulation Products shall be considered as originating in A, if such products are obtained there, incorporating materials originating in EC or B, provided that the processing carried out in A goes beyond the minimum operations. EC A B

    18. CONSOLIDATED TEXT (G/RO/W/111/Rev.6) HWP has not been completed. Text contained origin rules endorsed by the CRO and CRO Chair’s proposal. Text reflects the collective efforts of origin experts from all over the World. The most comprehensive and least-restrictive rules of origin. (Examples: Textiles and Agricultural Products

    19. What is the WTO?

    20. What is the WTO? • World Trade Organization • Intergovernmental organisation: governments • Established in 1995 • General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) • Deals with the rules of trade between nations at a global level

    21. Location: Geneva • Staff: approx. 700 • Director General: Pascal Lamy

    22. What are its objectives? • Economic growth and increase in living standards and ensure full employment • expand the production of and trade in, goods and services • How? Allowing trade to flow as freely as possible: gradual liberalisation of trade (removal of barriers) • i.e. create conditions so that exporters, and importers conduct their business, while allowing governments to meet social and environmental objectives • Integrate developing countries to global trade

    23. What does the WTO do? • 5 main functions: • It is a forum for discussions and negotiations • It administers WTO trade agreements • It handles trade disputes • It monitors national trade policies • It provides technical assistance and training

    24. 1. A forum to negotiate • The WTO is a forum for Member governments to negotiate the rules of international trade • It is a table: people sit round the table and negotiate!

    25. 2. Administering rules • Set of rules concluded as a result of negotiations • WTO Agreements • Rules have binding effects on Members • Facilitate the implementation, administration and operation of rules • They cover: trade in goods, trade in services and,trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights 29

    26. Coverage of rules • Customs Valuation • Import Licensing Procedures • Non-preferential rules of origin • Anti-dumping and countervailing duties • Agriculture: subsidies • Trade-related investment measures • Etc. 30

    27. 3. A place to settle disputes • Members may have conflicting interests, • Agreements may need interpretation • Neutral procedure based on an agreed legal foundation • Panels • Appeals 31

    28. 4. Monitoring of national trade policies • Transparency help build predictability and respect of mutually agreed norms • Regular review of Member’s national trade policy • Trade Policy Review (TPR) Mechanism • Frequency depends on Members’ share of international trade 32

    29. 5. Technical assistance • support domestic efforts for mainstreaming trade: • national plans for economic development and • strategies for poverty reduction • assist developing, least-developed and low-income countries in transition to • adjust to WTO rules and disciplines, • implement obligations • exercise the rights of membership, including by fully benefiting of an open, rule-based multilateral trading system 33

    30. How does it function? • Member driven • “Negative” consensus • Regular work • Successive “Rounds” of trade negotiations • Mutual advantageous basis • “Single undertaking” 34

    31. All major trading nations: 154 Developed countries, developing countries (self-designation), least-developed countries (UN criteria) Hong Kong, Macau, EU, Members 35

    32. Basic principles • Non Discrimination: • Most Favoured Nation • National Treatment • Transparency and predictability: binding commitments 36

    33. Basic Principles: MFN Most Favoured Nation(GATT Article I) • any advantage, favour, privilege or immunity • granted by a Member • to any product • of any other country • shall be accorded • immediately and unconditionally • to the like product • of all other WTO Members 37

    34. Basic Principles: NT National Treatment(GATT Article III) • internal taxes, laws, regulations and requirements • affecting the internal sale, purchase, transportation, etc. • should not be used to protect domestic products • from like imported products 38

    35. Basic Principles: bindings Tariff bindings(GATT Article II) • Parties shall accord to each other • treatment no less favourable • than that provided for in the Schedule • subject to the terms, conditions or qualifications set forth in that Schedule 39

    36. Thank you! Eki KIM Eki.Kim@wto.org 40