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1506 Graduation /Exclusion from the GSP scheme



 Aiming to benefit developing countries more fairly from GSP scheme, Japan prepares the system of “graduation” to a country having achieved economic development at developed country level, and “product-by-exclusion” to a product with high level of global competitiveness.
 (The criteria of following “Partial Graduation” and “Entire Graduation” will be changed. Check http://www.customs.go.jp/english/gsp/index.htm for further informations.)

1. Partial Graduation
 Considering its global competitiveness, the products originating from the beneficiary shall be excluded from application of the preferential treatment, if the conditions a) and b) below are satisfied.

a) Criterion for countries/territories
 The beneficiary is classified as a high income economy in the “World Bank Statistics” of the previous year.
b) Criterion for products
 The value of Japan’s imports of the product originating from the beneficiary exceeds one billion yen and 25% of the total value of Japan’s imports of the product from all over the world in the trade statistics of two years ago (For example, in case of FY2011, the CY2009 statistics should be considered.).

 After annual review at the beginning of each fiscal year, preferential tariff treatment shall be granted again when any of the above criteria is not satisfied.

2. Entire Graduation
 A country or territory shall be excluded from the list of beneficiaries of Japan’s GSP scheme, when the country or territory has been classified in the “World Bank Statistics” as a high income country for three consecutive years.

 In a case where the country or territory which had been once excluded from the beneficiaries has not been classified as a high income country for three consecutive years, the country or territory shall be designated to be a beneficiary again if the country or territory requests so.
3. Product-by-Exclusion
   A product originating from a beneficiary is excluded from the product coverage of the preferential treatment where it meets one of the following conditions;

1) The average value of Japan’s import of a product originating from a beneficiary for the past three years exceeds 1.5 billion yen and 50% of the total value of Japan’s imports of the product from all over the world (For example, in the case of FY2011, statistics of the CY2007,CY2008 and CY2009 should be considered.).

 However, either essential export products for a beneficiary that account for more than 25% of total imports granted under preferential treatment from that beneficiary or products for which Japan agreed to provide tariff concession at the rate more favourable than that of GSP in virtually concluded EPAs are not excluded.

 Products under the special preferential treatment for LDCs are not subject to this exclusion.

2) When a country or territory is judged to be against the conservation of certain species of fish by a Regional Fisheries Management Organization (RFMO), the products of the species originating from the beneficiary are excluded from the preferential treatment.

    Where a product meets condition 1), it is excluded from preferential treatment for three years, and where it meets condition 2), it is excluded from preferential treatment until RFMO’s judgement is changed.

   (Article 8-2-2 of the Temporary Tariff Measures Law, Article 25-2 of the Cabinet Order for Enforcement of the Temporary Tariff Measures Law)

 

 By this condition, the following items originating from the respective country are currently excluded from the preferential tariff treatment.

    (1) Agricultural/Fishery products (HS Chapter 1-24)

    (a) Products subject to the exclusion during April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2018

Tariff No.Major itemsCountry

0511.91-2

(0511.91-200)

Other products of fish or crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates and dead animals of Chapter 3, unfit for human consumption (other than fish waste, fertile fish eggs for hatching, etc.)China

2005.99-2-(4)-A-(b)

(2005.99-919)

Other vegetables prepared or preserved otherwise than by vinegar or acetic acid, not frozen, other than products of heading 20.06 (not containing added sugar) (in airtight containers not more than 10kg each including container) (other than garlic powder)China  

    (b) Products subject to the exclusion during April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2019

Tariff No.Major itemsCountry

0604.20

(0604.20-000)

Foliage, branches and other parts of plants, without flowers or flower buds, and grasses, mosses and lichens, being goods of a kind suitable for bouquets or for ornamental purposes, freshChina
1007.90exGrain sorghum (other than seed) (not for feeding purposes)Argentina
(1007.90-090)

1211.90-2-(2)

(1211.90-790)

Pyrethrum and parts of pyrethrum (chilled or frozen)China

1404.90-4ex

(1404.90-499)

Vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included (others, excluding leaves of Kashiwa or Sarutori Ibara)China

1505.00-1

(1505.00-100)

Wool grease, crudeChina

2001.90-1-(4)

(2001.90-140)

Other vegetables, fruit, nuts and other edible parts of plants, prepared or preserved by vinegar or acetic acid (containing added sugar)China

2001.90-2-(5)ex

(2001.90-290)

Other vegetables, fruit, nuts and other edible parts of plants, prepared or preserved by vinegar or acetic acid (not containing added sugar) (other than ginger)China

2309.10-2-(2)-B-(b)

(2309.10-099)

Dog or cat food, put up for retail sale (containing less than 10% of lactose by weight) (other than in airtight containers not more than 10kg each including container, etc.)China

    (c) Products subject to the exclusion during April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2020

Tariff No.Major itemsCountry

0706.90ex

(0706.90-010)

Burdock(fresh or chilled)China 

0709.59ex

(0709.59-011)

Matsutake(fresh or chilled)China 

0712.90-2ex

(0712.90-010)

Bamboo shoots, whole, cut, sliced, broken or in powder (dried)China  

0910.11-2-(2)-B ex

(0910.11-291)

Ginger(neither crushed nor ground) (other than those provisionally preserved in brine, in sulphur water or in other preservative solutions) (other than in airtight containers) (fresh)China 

0910.11-2-(2)-B ex

(0910.11-299)

Ginger (neither crushed nor ground) (other than those provisionally preserved in brine, in sulphur water or in other preservative solutions) (other than in airtight containers) (other than dried whole or fresh)China 

1212.99-2ex

(1212.99-990)

Fruit stones and kernels and other vegetable products of a kind used primarily for human consumption (others, excluding apricot, peach (including nectarine) or plum stones and kernels)China

1604.15

(1604.15-000)

Mackerel (prepared or preserved) (whole or in pieces, but not minced)China 

1604.17

(1604.17-000)

Eels (prepared or preserved) (whole or in pieces, but not minced)China 

1604.18

(1604.18-000)

Shark fins (prepared or preserved) (whole or in pieces, but not minced)China 

1604.19ex

(1604.19-090)

Other fish (prepared or preserved) (whole or in pieces, but not minced)China 

1604.32ex

(1604.32-090)

Caviar substitutes (other than Ikura)China

1605.10-2ex

(1605.10-029)

Crab (prepared or preserved) (smoked or not in airtight containers) (other than those containing rice)China  

1605.55-2ex

(1605.55-990)

Octopus (prepared or preserved, not smoked) (other than in airtight containers)China  

1605.56-2ex

(1605.56-990)

Clams, cockles and arkshells (prepared or preserved, not smoked) (other than in airtight containers)China  

1605.59-1-(2)

(1605.59-190)

Scallops (Pectinidae), other than those of the genera Pecten, Chlamys or Placopecten and queen scallops (prepared or preserved, not smoked) China  

2001.90-2-(5)ex 

(2001.90-250)

Ginger (prepared or preserved by vinegar or acetic acid) (not containing added sugar)China  

2206.00-2-(2)-B-(b)ex

(2206.00-229)

Other fermented beverages (of an alcoholic strength by volume of not less than 1% vol) (other than sake, etc) (other)China   

(2)Industrial products(HS Chapter 25-97)

    (a) Products subject to the exclusion during April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2018

Tariff No.Major itemsCountry
58.02Terry towelling and similar woven terry fabrics, other than narrow fabrics of heading 58.06; tufted textile fabrics, other than products of heading 57.03China  
65.04Hats and other headgear, plaited or made by assembling strips of any material, whether or not lined or trimmedChina 
69.13Statuettes and other ornamental ceramic articlesChina
70.07Safety glass, consisting of toughened (tempered) or laminated glassChina 
82.15Spoons, forks, ladles, skimmers, cake-servers, fish-knives, butter-knives, sugar tongs and similar kitchen or tablewareChina
90.04Spectacles, goggles and the like, corrective, protective or otherChina 
94.05Lamps and lighting fittings including searchlights and spotlights and parts thereof, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated signs, illuminated name-plates and the like, having a permanently fixed light source, and parts thereof not elsewhere specified or includedChina

    (b) Products subject to the exclusion during April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2019

Tariff No.Major itemsCountry
29.19Phosphoric esters and their salts, including lactophosphates; their halogenated, sulphonated, nitrated or nitrosated derivatives  China  
29.25Carboxyimide-function compounds (including saccharin and its salts) and imine-function compoundsChina 
44.14Wooden frames for paintings, photographs, mirrors or similar objectsChina
44.15Packing cases, boxes, crates, drums and similar packings, of wood; cable-drums of wood; pallets, box pallets and other load boards, of wood; pallet collars of woodChina 
53.09Woven fabrics of flaxChina
61.16Gloves, mittens and mitts, knitted or crochetedChina 
96.16Scent sprays and similar toilet sprays, and mounts and heads therefor; powder-puffs and pads for the application of cosmetics or toilet preparationsChina

    (c) Products subject to the exclusion during April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2020

Tariff No.Major itemsCountry
27.01Coal; briquettes, ovoids and similar solid fuels manufactured from coalChina
27.04Coke and semi-coke of coal, of lignite or of peat, whether or not agglomerated; retort carbonChina  
28.09Diphosphorus pentaoxide; phosphoric acid; polyphosphoric acids, whether or not chemically definedChina  
28.25Hydrazine and hydroxylamine and their inorganic salts; other inorganic bases; other metal oxides, hydroxides and peroxidesChina  
28.27Chlorides, chloride oxides and chloride hydroxides; bromides and bromide oxides; iodides and iodide oxidesChina  
28.34Nitrites; nitratesChina 
28.35Phosphinates (hypophosphites), phosphonates (phosphites) and phosphates; polyphosphates, whether or not chemically definedChina 
28.39Silicates; commercial alkali metal silicatesChina 
28.49Carbides, whether or not chemically definedChina 
29.23Quaternary ammonium salts and hydroxides; lecithins and other phosphoaminolipids, whether or not chemically definedChina 
29.38Glycosides, natural or reproduced by synthesis, and their salts, ethers, esters and other derivativesChina 
35.05Dextrins and other modified starches (for example, pregelatinised or esterified starches); glues based on starches, or on dextrins or other modified starchesThailand  
36.04Fireworks, signalling flares, rain rockets, fog signals and other pyrotechnic articlesChina 
38.01Artificial graphite; colloidal or semi-colloidal graphite; preparations based on graphite or other carbon in the form of pastes, blocks, plates or other semi-manufacturesChina 
38.02Activated carbon; activated natural mineral products; animal black, including spent animal blackChina 
38.06Rosin and resin acids, and derivatives thereof; rosin spirit and rosin oils; run gumsChina 
38.14Organic composite solvents and thinners, not elsewhere specified or included; prepared paint or varnish removersChina 
38.16Refractory cements, mortars, concretes and similar compositions, other than products of heading 38.01China 
39.23Articles for the conveyance or packing of goods, of plastics; stoppers, lids, caps and other closures, of plasticsChina 
39.24Tableware, kitchenware, other household articles and hygienic or toilet articles, of plasticsChina  
39.26Other articles of plastics and articles of other materials of headings 39.01 to 39.14China  
40.10Conveyor or transmission belts or belting, of vulcanised rubberChina  
44.12Plywood, veneered panels and similar laminated woodChina  
44.19Tableware and kitchenware, of woodChina  
44.20Wood marquetry and inlaid wood; caskets and cases for jewellery or cutlery, and similar articles, of wood; statuettes and other ornaments, of wood; wooden articles of furniture not falling in Chapter 94China  
44.21Other articles of woodChina  
46.01Plaits and similar products of plaiting materials, whether or not assembled into strips; plaiting materials, plaits and similar products of plaiting materials, bound together in parallel strands or woven, in sheet form, whether or not being finished articles (for example, mats, matting, screens)China  
46.02Basketwork, wickerwork and other articles, made directly to shape from plaiting materials or made up from goods of heading 46.01; articles of loofahChina  
51.07Yarn of combed wool, not put up for retail saleChina  
53.06Flax yarnChina  
56.07Twine, cordage, ropes and cables, whether or not plaited or braided and whether or not impregnated, coated, covered or sheathed with rubber or plasticsChina  
56.09Articles of yarn, strip or the like of heading 54.04 or 54.05, twine, cordage, rope or cables, not elsewhere specified or includedChina  
57.02Carpets and other textile floor coverings, woven, not tufted or flocked, whether or not made up, including “Kelem”, “Schumacks”, “Karamanie” and similar hand-woven rugsChina  
57.03Carpets and other textile floor coverings, tufted, whether or not made upChina 
57.05Other carpets and other textile floor coverings, whether or not made upChina 
58.06Narrow woven fabrics, other than goods of heading 58.07; narrow fabrics consisting of warp without weft assembled by means of an adhesive (bolducs)China 
59.03Textile fabrics impregnated, coated, covered or laminated with plastics, other than those of heading 59.02China
62.13HandkerchiefsChina 
62.15Ties, bow ties and cravatsChina
62.16Gloves, mittens and mittsChina 
62.17Other made up clothing accessories; parts of garments or of clothing accessories, other than those of heading 62.12China 
63.01Blankets and travelling rugsChina 
63.02Bed linen, table linen, toilet linen and kitchen linenChina 
63.03Curtains (including drapes) and interior blinds; curtain or bed valancesChina 
63.04Other furnishing articles, excluding those of heading 94.04China 
63.05Sacks and bags, of a kind used for the packing of goodsChina 
63.06Tarpaulins, awnings and sunblinds; tents; sails for boats, sailboards or landcraft; camping goodsChina 
63.07Other made up articles, including dress patternsChina 
65.05Hats and other headgear, knitted or crocheted, or made up from lace, felt or other textile fabric, in the piece (but not in strips), whether or not lined or trimmed; hair-nets of any material, whether or not lined or trimmedChina
65.06Other headgear, whether or not lined or trimmedChina
66.01Umbrellas and sun umbrellas (including walking-stick umbrellas, garden umbrellas and similar umbrellas)China
67.02Artificial flowers, foliage and fruit and parts thereof; articles made of artificial flowers, foliage or fruitChina
69.02Refractory bricks, blocks, tiles and similar refractory ceramic constructional goods, other than those of siliceous fossil meals or similar siliceous earthsChina
69.07Ceramic flags and paving, hearth or wall tiles; ceramic mosaic cubes and the like, whether or not on a backing; finishing ceramicsChina 
69.11Tableware, kitchenware, other household articles and toilet articles, of porcelain or chinaChina
69.12Ceramic tableware, kitchenware, other household articles and toilet articles, other than of porcelain or chinaChina
74.06Copper powders and flakesChina 
74.11Copper tubes and pipesChina 
76.07Aluminium foil (whether or not printed or backed with paper, paperboard, plastics or similar backing materials) of a thickness (excluding any backing) not exceeding 0.2mmChina 
76.10Aluminium structures (excluding prefabricated buildings of heading 94.06) and parts of structures (for example, bridges and bridge-sections, towers, lattice masts, roofs, roofing frameworks, doors and windows and their frames and thresholds for doors, balustrades, pillars and columns); aluminium plates, rods, profiles, tubes and the like, prepared for use in structuresChina
79.07Other articles of zincChina 
81.04Magnesium and articles thereof, including waste and scrapChina 
81.11Manganese and articles thereof, including waste and scrapChina  
82.11Knives with cutting blades, serrated or not (including pruning knives), other than knives of heading 82.08, and blades thereforChina  
82.13Scissors, tailors' shears and similar shears, and blades thereforChina  
83.01Padlocks and locks (key, combination or electrically operated), of base metal; clasps and frames with clasps, incorporating locks, of base metal; keys for any of the foregoing articles, of base metalChina 
83.02Base metal mountings, fittings and similar articles suitable for furniture, doors, staircases, windows, blinds, coachwork, saddlery, trunks, chests, caskets or the like; base metal hat-racks, hat-pegs, brackets and similar fixtures; castors with mountings of base metal; automatic door closers of base metalChina 
83.04Filing cabinets, card-index cabinets, paper trays, paper rests, pen trays, office -stamp stands and similar office or desk equipment, of base metal, other than office furniture of heading 94.03China
83.06Bells, gongs and the like, non-electric, of base metal; statuettes and other ornaments, of base metal; photograph, picture or similar frames, of base metal; mirrors of base metalChina 
85.45Carbon electrodes, carbon brushes, lamp carbons, battery carbons and other articles of graphite or other carbon, with or without metal, of a kind used for electrical purposes  China
90.03Frames and mountings for spectacles, goggles or the like, and parts thereofChina 
94.04Mattress supports; articles of bedding and similar furnishing (for example, mattresses, quilts, eiderdowns, cushions, pouffes and pillows) fitted with springs or stuffed or internally fitted with any material or of cellular rubber or plastics, whether or not coveredChina 
95.05Festive, carnival or other entertainment articles, including conjuring tricks and novelty jokesChina 
95.07Fishing rods, fish-hooks and other line fishing tackle; fish landing nets, butterfly nets and similar nets; decoy "birds" (other than those of heading 92.08 or 97.05) and similar hunting or shooting requisitesChina 
96.03Brooms, brushes (including brushes constituting parts of machines, appliances or vehicles), hand-operated mechanical floor sweepers, not motorised, mops and feather dusters; prepared knots and tufts for broom or brush making; paint pads and rollers; squeegees (other than roller squeegees)China 
96.08Ball point pens; felt tipped and other porous-tipped pens and markers; fountain pens, stylograph pens and other pens; duplicating stylos; propelling or sliding pencils; pen-holders, pencil-holders and similar holders; parts (including caps and clips) of the foregoing articles, other than those of heading 96.09China 
96.15Combs, hair-slides and the like; hairpins, curling pins, curling grips, hair-curlers and the like, other than those of heading 85.16, and parts thereof  China
96.17Vacuum flasks and other vacuum vessels, complete with cases; parts thereof other than glass innersChina 

 

 


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