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Department of State Publication 6629 Commercial Policy Series 167
Released April 1958
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Article XV. Exchange Arrangements.........
of Particular Products..... Article XX. General Exceptions......... Article XXI. Security Exceptions .......... Article XXII. Consultation.................. 44 Article XXIII. Nullification or Impairment... 45
Article XXIV. Territorial Application-
Unions and Free-trade Areas. 47 Article XXV. Joint Action by the Contrac
ting Parties................ 50 Article XXVI. Acceptance, Entry into Force
and Registration............ 51 Article XXVII. Withholding or Withdrawal of
to the Havana Charter........
ment between particular
Annexes A to G.
Relating to Article I.........60-63
THE GENERAL AGREEMENT
The Governments of the COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA, the KINGDOM OF BELGIUM, the UNITED STATES OF BRAZIL, BURMA, CANADA, CEYLON, the REPUBLIC OF CHILE, the REPUBLIC OF CHINA, the REPUBLIC OF CUBA, the CZECHOSLOVAK REPUBLIC, the FRENCH REPUBLIC, INDIA, LEBANON, the GRAND-DUCHY OF LUXEMBURG, the KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS, NEW ZEALAND, the KINGDOM OF NORWAY, PAKISTAN, SOUTHERN RHODESIA, SYRIA, the UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA, the UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND, and the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:
Recognizing that their relations in the field of trade and economic endeavour should be conducted with a view to raising standards of living, ensuring full employment and a large and steadily growing volume of real income and effective demand, developing the full use of the resources of the world and expanding the production and exchange of goods,
Being desirous of contributing to these objectives by entering into reciprocal and mutually advantageous arrangements directed to the substantial reduction of tariffs and other barriers to trade and to the elimination of discriminatory treatment in international commerce,
Have through their Representatives agreed as follows:
The General Agreement is reproduced here as amended by various protocols, including those parts of the Protocol Amending the Preamble and Parts II and III and the Procès-verbal of Rectification concerning that Protocol which became effective for two-thirds of the contracting parties, including the United States, on October 7, 1957. The remaining amendments contained in the Protocol Amending the Pre a mble and Parts II and III and the amendments in the Protocol Amending Part I and Articles XXIX and XXX and the Protocol of Organizational Amendments, which are not in force for any contracting party, have not been incorporated in this text.
1. With respect to customs duties and charges of any kind i posed on or in connection with importation or exportation or impos on the international transfer of payments for imports or export and with respect to the method of levying such duties and charge and with respect to all rules and formalities in connection wis importation and exportation, and with respect to all matters referre to in paragraphs 2 and 4 of Article III, any advantage, favou. privilege or immunity granted by any contracting party to an product originating in or destined for any other country shall b accorded immediately and unconditionally to the like product ori ginating in or destined for the territories of all other contracting parties.
2. The provisions of paragraph I of this Article shall not require the elimination of any preferences in respect of import duties or charges which do not exceed the levels provided for in paragraph 4 of this Article and which fall within the following descriptions:
(a) preferences in force exclusively between two or more of the territories listed in Annex A, subject to the conditions set forth therein;
(b) preferences in force exclusively between two or more territories which on July 1, 1939, were connected by common sovereignty or relations of protection or suzerainty and which are listed in Annexes B, C and D, subject to the conditions set forth therein;
(c) preferences in force exclusively between the United States of America and the Republic of Cuba;
(d) preferences in force exclusively between neighbouring countries listed in Annexes E and F.
. The provisions of paragraph 1 shall not apply to preferences between the countries formerly a part of the Ottoman Empire and detached from it on July 24, 1923, provided such preferences are *PProved under sub-paragraph 5 (a) of Article XXV, which shall be applied in this respect in the light of paragraph I of Article XXIX.