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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.

   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, 2014 and March 31, 2017
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)

Dried 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
1211.90-4-(2)ex
(1211.90-999)
Other plants and parts of plants, of a kind used primarily in perfumery, in pharmacy or for in insecticidal, fungicidal or similar purposes (fresh or dried) (others, excluding sandal woods and job's tears)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
1604.11ex
(1604.11-010)
Salmon (prepared or preserved) (whole or in pieces, but not minced) (other than in airtight containers)China
1604.15
(1604.15-000)
Mackerel (prepared or preserved) (whole or in pieces, but not minced)China
1604.17
(1604.17-000)
Eel (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) (other than in airtight containers) (other than those containing rice)China
1605.52
(1605.52-000)
Scallops, including queen scallops (prepared or preserved)China
1605.55ex
(1605.55-090)
Octopus (prepared or preserved) (other than in airtight containers)China
1605.56ex
(1605.56-090)
Clams, cockles and arkshells (prepared or preserved) (other than in airtight containers)China
1605.59-2ex
(1605.59-210)
Scallops (Pectinidae), other than those of the genera Pecten, Chlamys or Placopecten and queen scallops (prepared or preserved)China
1605.59-2ex
(1605.59-299)
Other molluscs (prepared or preserved) (other than in airtight containers)China
2001.90-2-(5)ex
(2001.90-250)
Ginger (prepared or preserved by vinegar or acetic acid) (not containing added sugar)China
2101.11-2-(2)
(2101.11-290)
Extracts, essences and concentrates of coffee (not containing added sugar) (other than instant coffee)Brazil


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

Tariff No.

Major items

Country

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


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

Tariff No.

Major items

Country

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, fresh

China

1007.90ex
(1007.90-090)

Grain sorghum (other than seed) (not for feeding purposes)

Argentina

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, crude

China

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


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


(a) Products subject to the exclusion during April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2017

Tariff heading

Major items

Country
54.03Artificial filament yarn (other than sewing thread), not put up for retail sale, including artificial monofilament of less than 67 decitexChina
96.16Scent sprays and similar toilet sprays, and mounts and heads therefor; powder-puffs and pads for the application of cosmetics or toilet preparationsChina


(b) Products subject to the exclusion during April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2017

Tariff heading

Major items

Country
27.01Coal; briquettes, ovoids and similar solid fuels manufactured from coal.China
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
28.41Salts of oxometallic or peroxometallic acidsChina
28.49Carbides, whether or not chemically definedChina
29.03Halogenated derivatives of hydrocarbonsChina
29.04Sulphonated, nitrated or nitrosated derivatives of hydrocarbons, whether or not halogenatedChina
29.38Glycosides, natural or reproduced by synthesis, and their salts, ethers, esters and other derivatives.China
35.05Dextrins and other modified starches (for example, pregelatinised or esterified starches); glues based on starches, or on dextrins or other modified starches.Thailand
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
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
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
56.08Knotted netting of twine, cordage or rope; made up fishing nets and other made up nets, of textile materials.China
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
62.13HandkerchiefsChina
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 patterns.China
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 trimmed.China
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
69.07Unglazed ceramic flags and paving, hearth or wall tiles; unglazed ceramic mosaic cubes and the like, whether or not on a backingChina
69.08Glazed ceramic flags and paving, hearth or wall tiles; glazed ceramic mosaic cubes and the like, whether or not on a backingChina
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
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
83.06Bells, 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
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
95.03Tricycles, scooters, pedal cars and similar wheeled toys; dolls' carriages; dolls; other toys; reduced-size ("scale") models and similar recreational models, working or not; puzzles of all kindsChina
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
96.17Vacuum flasks and other vacuum vessels, complete with cases; parts thereof other than glass innersChina

(b) Products subject to the exclusion during April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2018
Tariff headingMajor 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
 
(c) Products subject to the exclusion during April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2019
Tariff headingMajor itemsCountry
29.19Phosphoric esters and their salts, including lactophosphates; their halogenated, sulphonated, nitrated or nitrosated derivativesChina
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


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