If your company is interested in exporting to a country that requires import licensing, you should ask the importer if a license is required for your product and, if so, if the importer has created and submitted all the necessary documents to obtain the license. Many countries frequently change their licensing requirements and, as a result, there is not a single publication that lists all countries that require import licensing or designates all products for which import licensing is required. Yes. If you believe that a WTO member country`s import licensing requirements are onerous in a way that violates the WTO Import Licensing Agreement, contact the U.S. Department of Commerce`s Trade Agreement Negotiation and Compliance (TanC) hotline. TANC may provide you with the information and assistance you need to understand your rights under this Agreement. It can also activate the U.S. government to help you solve your export problem. If necessary, U.S. officials can ask the government of the other affected country.

The World Trade Organization dispute settlement procedure, described in the Exporter`s Guide to the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding, may also be applied in certain circumstances where WTO Member States are not complying with a WTO agreement. Non-automatic import licences are defined as licences which do not fall within the definition of automatic import licences (Article 3(1)). Non-automatic licensing is used to manage trade restrictions such as quantitative restrictions justified by the WTO. The agreement includes both “automatic” licensing systems, which are only intended to monitor imports, not regulate them, and “non-automatic” licensing systems, where certain conditions must be met before a license is granted. Governments often use non-automatic licensing to manage import restrictions such as quotas and tariff rate quotas (TRQs) or to manage security or other requirements (. B for example, for dangerous goods, armaments, antiques, etc.). An automatic import authorization may be required if other appropriate procedures are not available. .