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1 PL - Logistics-Unctad-July 061 GATS AND LOGISTICS Pierre Latrille WTO

2 GATS and LOGISTICS PL - Logistics-Unctad-July 062 Auxiliary Services Starting-point: 30 UR commitments 15 Accession commitments Multilateral scene: A hint of interest Two 2002 Negotiating proposals and one 2004 proposal Few debates

3 GATS and LOGISTICS PL - Logistics-Unctad-July 063 CPC codes for auxiliary services to all modes

4 GATS and LOGISTICS PL - Logistics-Unctad-July 064 Summary of Specific Commitments Legend: 11.H.a. Cargo-handling Services 11.H.b. Storage and Warehouse Services 11.H.c. Freight Transport Agency Services 11.H.d Other

5 GATS and LOGISTICS PL - Logistics-Unctad-July 065 Legend: 11.H.a. Cargo-handling Services 11.H.b. Storage and Warehouse Services 11.H.c. Freight Transport Agency Services 11.H.d Other Summary of Specific Commitments (contd)

6 GATS and LOGISTICS PL - Logistics-Unctad-July 066 Auxiliary Services Main types of restriction listed: Largely binary (none/unbound) Establishment, foreign equity ceiling, concessions (with in one instance priority to nationals), investment screening, residency, incorporation, pre- establishment, joint-venture, minimum capital requirements, number and duration of joint ventures, nationality, language, qualifications, duration of stay, training Three MFN Exemptions justified by lack of reciprocity Three offers

7 GATS and LOGISTICS PL - Logistics-Unctad-July 067 Auxiliary Services Plurilateral/Bilateral scene: Apparently a relatively frequently mentioned item in requests Politically costly on harbours in LDC Link with maritime (cargo handling in particular) Significant concession Scope problem for air transport ground handling

8 GATS and LOGISTICS PL - Logistics-Unctad-July 068 The Swiss proposal deals with: Cargo handling services (CPC 741); storage and warehousing services (CPC 742); freight transport agency services including other auxiliary transport services (CPC 748); other supporting and auxiliary transport services (CPC 749).

9 GATS and LOGISTICS PL - Logistics-Unctad-July 069 And has identified the following obstacles: Conditions for licenses; Discriminatory security deposit requirement; Preferential pricing.

10 GATS and LOGISTICS PL - Logistics-Unctad-July 0610 The Hong Kong, China proposal is aimed at obtaining commitments in: (a)Freight transportation services; (b)cargo-handling services; (c )storage and warehousing services; (d)customs clearance services; (e)transport agency services; (f)container station and depot services; (g)inventory management services; (h)order processing services; (i)production planning services; (j)production control services.

11 GATS and LOGISTICS PL - Logistics-Unctad-July 0611 A group of Friends of Logistics (Australia, Hong Kong, China; Liechtenstein, Mauritius; Nicaragua; New- Zealand; Switzerland and Chinese Taipei) has refined further the initial Hong Kong, China proposal (see doc TN/S/W/20, dated 20 June 2004) They distinguish between: Core freight logistics services Related freight logistics services Non core freight logistics services The also suggest additional commitments Logistics Friends

12 GATS and LOGISTICS PL - Logistics-Unctad-July 0612 Description and W/120 category where applicable 11. H. Services auxiliary to all modes of transport a. Cargo handling services: Container handling services Other cargo handling b. Storage and warehousing services c. Transport agency services d. Other auxiliary services Logistics Friends checklist CPC codes and inclusions where applicable CPC 7411 CPC 7419 CPC 742 (including* distribution centre services and materials handling and equipment services such as container station and depot services) CPC 748 (including* customs agency services and load scheduling) CPC 749 (including* through-chain logistics services, reverse logistics, container leasing and rental services) I. Core Freight Logistics Services Services under this core category are essential to logistics operation and substantial liberalization would be required for viable logistics services.

13 GATS and LOGISTICS PL - Logistics-Unctad-July 0613 (1)Freight transport Services 11. A. Maritime Transport Services 11. B. Internal Waterways Transport Services 11. C. Air Transport Services b. Air freight transport c. Rental of aircraft with crew 11. E. Rail Transport Services b. Freight transport 11. F. Road Transport Services b. Freight transport c. Rental of commercial vehicles with operator - without operator Logistics Friends checklist (contd) Services identified under maritime transport negotiations CPC 732 (Currently excluded from GATS, subject to Annex on Air Transport Services) CPC 734 (Currently excluded from GATS, subject to Annex on Air Transport Services) CPC 7112 CPC 7123 CPC 7124 CPC II.Related Freight Logistics Services Broadly liberal arrangements for this list of services are crucial to the efficient supply of integrated logistics services as well as providing an enabling environment for third-party logistics services to flourish. Some of these items are already being addressed in ongoing negotiations. The effective liberalization of logistics services would require broad and meaningful liberalization of these related freight logistics services. Members are strongly encouraged to make offers in this area.

14 GATS and LOGISTICS PL - Logistics-Unctad-July 0614 (2)Other related logistics services 1.F. e. Technical testing and analysis services 2. B. Courier Services 4. A. Commission Agents Services 4. B. Wholesale Trade Services 4. C. Retailing Services - Other supporting services not covered by 11. H: Logistics Friends checklist (contd) CPC 8676 CPC 7512 CPC 621 CPC 622 CPC 631, 632, 6111, 6113, 6121 (including* inventory management of goods, assembling, sorting and grading of goods, breaking bulk, re-distribution and delivery services) CPC 743, 7113, 744 (excluding 7441) and 746. * These services are not explicitly listed in the official CPC explanatory note, and should be explicitly listed in schedules for clarity.

15 GATS and LOGISTICS PL - Logistics-Unctad-July 0615 III.Non-core Freight Logistics Services Availability and efficiency of the following services are important for freight logistics supply chains to operate effectively. Liberalisation in these areas would be desirable for a comprehensive offer on logistics: computer and related services; packaging; and management consulting and related services. Accompanying additional (Article XVIII) commitments 1. [The Member] will accept electronic versions of trade administration documents. 2. Service suppliers are entitled to supply listed freight logistics services (from services auxiliary to all modes of transport, freight transport, courier services and distribution services) in combination, subject to measures necessary to prevent anti-competitive behaviour. 3. [The Member] will ensure that various procedures and formalities such as documentary requirements, customs clearance, customs inspection, and electronic processing, would not be unnecessarily burdensome. Logistics Friends checklist and suggested additional commitments


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