The Agreement on Import Licensing Procedures says import licensing should be simple, transparent and predictable so as not to become an obstacle to trade.
For example, the agreement requires governments to publish sufficient information for traders to know how and why the licences are granted. It also describes how countries should notify the WTO when they introduce new import licensing procedures or change existing procedures.
Work on import licensing in the WTO, and official documents
Work on this subject is handled by the Committee on Import Licensing. The committee supervises the implementation of the Agreement. It reviews at least once every two years the implementation and operation of the Agreement. Members are required to notify the Committee of any changes in their laws and regulations concerning import licensing. The current chair is Dr. Muhammad IRFAN (Pakistan).
Work in the Committee on Import Licensing
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Annual reports of the Committee on Import Licensing to the Council for Trade in Goods (Document code varies) > search > help
Biennial Reviews of the Implementation and Operation of the Agreement on Import Licensing Procedures (Document code varies) > search
Minutes of the meetings of the Committee on Import Licensing (Document code G/LIC/M/*) > search > help
Working documents of the Committee on Import Licensing to the Council for Trade in Goods (Document code G/LIC/W/*) > search
Notifications of publications containing relevant information (Articles 1.4a and 8.2b) (Document code G/LIC/N/1/*) > search
Notifications of import licensing procedures or changes in these procedures (Article 5, 5.1, 5.2) (Document code G/LIC/N/2/*) > search
Questions and replies to the Questionnaire on Import Licensing (Document code G/LIC/Q/*) > search
Other official import licensing documents
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