For example, the agreement requires governments to publish enough information for merchants to know how and why licenses are granted. It also describes how countries should notify the WTO when introducing new import authorisation procedures or amending existing procedures. Applicants for licences should have a minimum of 21 days (with, if applicable, renewal provisions) to submit their applications. Any changes to the rules on a country`s import authorisation procedures or the list of products subject to import certificates must, as far as possible, be published 21 days before the amendments come into force, so that governments and traders can become familiar with these changes. This information, as well as copies of all laws or enforcement guidelines, must also be submitted to the secretariat of the World Trade Organization. Work on this subject is reviewed by the Import Certificates Committee. The committee is overseeing the implementation of the agreement. It verifies at least every two years the implementation and operation of the agreement. Members are required to inform the Committee of changes to their import certificate laws and regulations. The current chair is. These audits allow members to draw multilateral attention to the licensing measures and procedures they deem problematic, to obtain information on certain issues and to resolve problems, and possibly to resolve problems before they become disputes. Automatic authorisation procedures should not be managed in such a way as to have a restrictive effect on imports; there should be no discrimination between those applying for automatic licences.
Anyone who meets the legal requirements should have the same right to apply for and receive import certificates. The WTO Agreement on Import Certificate Procedures (Import Certificate Agreement) sets rules for all members regarding the use of import certificate systems to regulate their trade. Import certificate systems are administrative procedures that require the submission of an application or other documentation (which is not usually required for customs purposes) to an administrative authority designated as a precondition for importation. In addition to the import licence itself, the agreement also includes procedures related to a number of practices that meet this definition, including import permits, import or import authorizations, and import licences. The import licensing platform provides easy access to information on WTO members` import certificate procedures. Search for decisions made by WTO bodies on import certificate agreement in the WTO analytical index guide Non-automatic import certificates are defined as licences that do not fall within the definition of automatic import certificates (Article 3.1). Non-automatic licences are used to manage trade restrictions, such as quantitative restrictions, which are justified within the WTO legal framework. The agreement on import certificate procedures stipulates that import certificates must be simple, transparent and predictable so as not to become an obstacle to trade.