Japan´s GSP scheme has been effective since 1 August 1971 and has been extended to 31 March 2011. The scheme grants preferential treatment to 164 developing countries and territories. It covers selected agricultural and fishery products as well as all industrialized products, with some exceptions.
The Handbook covers (1) beneficiary eligibility; (2) product coverage; (3) tariff reduction; (4) ceilings; (5) safeguard mechanisms; (6) the graduation program; (7) special treatment for least developed countries (LDCs); and (8) rules of origin. It also contains a list of products covered by Japan´s GSP scheme. On 1 April 2000 a new list of products (enjoying duty-quota-free treatment) was added for the exclusive benefit of LDC beneficiaries. In April 2003 these lists are expected to cover additional products for LDC beneficiaries.
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