18 67 federal register 30535 19 china formally

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18 67 Federal Register 30535. 19 China formally acceded to the WTO on 11 December 2001.
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United States WT/TPR/S/126 Page 40 3. The President may also grant an annual waiver from Title IV provisions if the waiver is deemed to substantially promote the legislation’s objectives. In June 2001, following the signing of a trade agreement with Viet Nam, a waiver was granted resulting in conditional MFN tariff treatment to products from Viet Nam, effective 10 December 2001. Belarus, Turkmenistan, and Viet Nam currently receive MFN tariff treatment under an annual waiver. (b) Applied MFN tariff rates 1. The main features of U.S. MFN tariffs are reported in Table III.1. The analysis is based on the 2002 Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (the Tariff); although the 2003 Tariff was available at the time of preparing this report, ad valorem equivalents of non- ad valorem tariff rates were available only for 2002. Table III.1 Structure of applied MFN tariffs in the United States, 1996-02 (Per cent) Indicators 1996 a 1998 b 1999 b 2000 2002 1. Bound tariff lines (share of all lines) 100.0 c 100.0 c 100.0 c 100.0 c 100.0 c 2. Duty-free tariff lines (share of all lines) 21.4 13.8 29.7 31.0 31.2 3. Non- ad valorem tariffs (NAV - share of all lines) 24.4 14.3 12.9 12.6 12.2 4. Lines covered by tariff quotas (share of all lines) 1.9 1.9 1.9 1.9 1.9 5. Non- ad valorem tariff lines with no ad valorem equivalent 3.1 0.2 0.2 0.0 0.0 (share of all lines) 6. Simple average bound tariff rate d .. 5.9 5.7 .. .. 7. Simple average applied tariff rate d 6.4 5.9 5.7 5.4 5.1 Agricultural products (WTO definition) e 10.0 10.3 10.7 10.4 9.8 Non-agricultural products (WTO definition) 5.7 5.0 4.7 4.5 4.2 8. Lines exceeding 15% (share of all lines) 8.9 7.7 7.4 7.0 6.6 9. Overall standard deviation 13.4 12.9 13.3 13.1 12.3 10. Coefficient of variation (CV) 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.4 .. Not available. a Calculated on the basis of data provided by the U.S. authorities for the 1996 TPR. b Calculated on the basis of data provided by the U.S. authorities for the 1999 TPR. c Two lines applying to crude petroleum are not bound. d Excludes in-quota tariff lines. e Covers HS Chapters 1 to 24 less fish and fish products plus HS codes 2905.43, 2905.43-5, 3809.10, 3823.60, 3823.11-13, 19, 3823.70, 3824.60 and HS headings 3301, 3501-05, 4101-03, 4301, 5001-03, 5101-03, 5201-03, 5301-03. Note: Total number of lines is 10,297. Source: WTO estimates, based on USITC online information. Ad valorem equivalents provided by the U.S. authorities. 2. The simple average applied MFN tariff, including the ad valorem equivalents (AVEs) of specific and compound rates, was 5.1% in 2002, down from 5.4% in 2000. The average applied tariff for agriculture in 2002 was 9.8%, down from 10.4% in 2000; the average for non-agricultural products was 4.2% in 2002, down from 4.5% in 2000. 20 Since the last Review of the United States, in 2001, no new autonomous measures have been introduced to decrease U.S. MFN tariffs. Hence, the decline in the average of non-agricultural tariffs since 2000 mainly reflects the ongoing implementation of WTO tariff reduction commitments in textiles and clothing and other products, as applied rates are being reduced in line with the staged reductions in bound rates (see section (d) below). Some 31% of all tariff items enter the United States duty-free.
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