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monitor the implementation and administration by the customs administrations of the Parties of Articles 303, 308 and 311, Chapter Four, this Chapter, the Marking Rules and the Uniform Regulations to ensure their uniform interpretation;
endeavor to agree, on the request of any Party, on any proposed modification of or addition to Article 303, 308 or 311, Chapter Four, this Chapter, the Marking Rules or the Uniform Regulations;
notify the Commission of any agreed modification of or addition to the Uniform Regulations;
propose to the Commission any modification of or addition to Article 303, 308 or 311, Chapter Four, this Chapter, the Marking Rules, the Uniform Regulations or any other provision of this Agreement as may be required to conform with any change to the Harmonized System; and
consider any other matter referred to it by a Party or by the Customs
4. Each Party shall, to the greatest extent practicable, take all necessary measures to implement any modification of or addition to this Agreement within 180 days of the date on which the Commission agrees on the modification or addition,
5. If the Working Group fails to resolve a matter referred to it pursuant to paragraph 3(e) within 30 days of such referral, any Party may request a meeting of the Commission under Article 2007 (Commission - Good Offices, Conciliation and Mediation).
6. The Working Group shall establish, and monitor the work of, a Customs Subgroup, comprising representatives of each Party. The Subgroup shall meet at least four times each year and on the request of any Party and shall:
the uniform interpretation, application and administration of Articles 303, 308 and 311, Chapter Four, this Chapter, the Marking Rules and the Uniform Regulations,
tariff classification and valuation matters relating to determinations of origin,
(iii) equivalent procedures and criteria for the request, approval,
modification, revocation and implementation of advance rulings,
any other matter referred to it by a Party, the Working Group or the Committee on Trade in Goods established under Article 316, and
any other customs-related matter arising under this Agreement;
the harmonization of customs-related automation requirements and documentation, and
proposed customs-related administrative and operational changes that may affect the flow of trade between the Parties territories;
report periodically to the Working Group and notify it of any agreement reached under this paragraph; and
refer to the Working Group any matter on which it has been unable to reach agreement within 60 days of referral of the matter to it pursuant to subparagraph (a)(v).
7. Nothing in this Chapter shall be construed to prevent a Party from issuing a determination of origin or an advance ruling relating to a matter under consideration by the Working Group or the Customs Subgroup or from taking such other action as it considers necessary, pending a resolution of the matter under this Agreement.
Article 514: Definitions
For purposes of this Chapter:
commercial importation means the importation of a good into the territory of any Party for the purpose of sale, or any commercial, industrial or other like use;
customs administration means the competent authority that is responsible under the law of a Party for the administration of customs laws and regulations;
determination of origin means a determination as to whether a good qualifies as an originating good in accordance with Chapter Four;
exporter in the territory of a Party means an exporter located in the territory of a Party and an exporter required under this Chapter to maintain records in the territory of that Party regarding exportations of a good;
identical goods means goods that are the same in all respects, including physical characteristics, quality and reputation, irrespective of minor differences in appearance that are not relevant to a determination of origin of those goods under Chapter Four;
importer in the territory of a Party means an importer located in the territory of a Party and an importer required under this Chapter to maintain records in the territory of that Party regarding importations of a good;
intermediate material means "intermediate material" as defined in Article 415;
Marking Rules means "Marking Rules" established under Annex 311;
material means "material" as defined in Article 415;
net cost of a good means "net cost of a good" as defined in Article 415;
preferential tariff treatment means the duty rate applicable to an originating good;
producer means "producer" as defined in Article 415;
production means "production" as defined in Article 415;
transaction value means "transaction value" as defined in Article 415;
Uniform Regulations means "Uniform Regulations" established under Article 511;
used means "used" as defined in Article 415; and
value means value of a good or material for purposes of calculating customs duties or for purposes of applying Chapter Four.
Energy and Basic Petrochemicals
Article 601: Principles
The Parties confirm their full respect for their Constitutions.
2. The Parties recognize that it is desirable to strengthen the important role that trade in energy and basic petrochemical goods plays in the free trade area and to enhance this role through sustained and gradual liberalization.
3. The Parties recognize the importance of having viable and internationally competitive energy and petrochemical sectors to further their individual national interests.
Article 602: Scope and Coverage
1. This Chapter applies to measures relating to energy and basic petrochemical goods originating in the territories of the Parties and to measures relating to investment and to the cross-border trade in services associated with such goods, as set forth in this Chapter.
2. For purposes of this Chapter, energy and basic petrochemical goods refer to those goods classified under the Harmonized System as:
subheading 2707.99 (only with respect to solvent naphtha, rubber extender oils and carbon black feedstocks);
heading 27.10 (except for normal paraffin mixtures in the range of
heading 27.11 (except for ethylene, propylene, butylene and butadiene in purities over 50 percent);