GSP scheme of Norway

The Norway's GSP came into effect on October 1971 for an indefinite period.
The Norwegian legislation implementing a system of tariff preferences in favor of developing countries was brought into effect in 1972, as part of a concerted international effort by industrialized countries to assist developing countries to expand their exports and thus increase their foreign exchange earnings. Over time the scheme was extended and amended, culminating in its newly revised GSP scheme, which has been in effect since 1 July 1995. It replaced the interim GSP arrangement that was introduced on 1 January 1995 in response to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement’s requirement for tariffication of all non-tariff border measures. As from 1 January 1988 the system has been technically adapted to the Norwegian Customs Tariff Nomenclature based on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS).
Agricultural products (HS chapters 1-24) Implementation of the WTO Agreement required tariffication of all nontariff border measures in the agricultural sector and a revision of the Norwegian GSP scheme. The new scheme, which took effect on 1 July 1995, makes significant improvements in product coverage for agricultural products. For least developed countries, the following conditions apply: duty-free and quota-free market access for all agricultural products with the exception of flour, grains and feeding stuffs, to which a tariff reduction of 30 per cent applies, within indicative tariff ceilings (see annex I, list 1). The tariff reductions are calculated in relation to applied tariff rates. Automatic licensing is applied for imports of flour, grains, feeding stuffs and meat from these countries. Least developed countries are granted preferences for all products included in chapters 25-97.
Pakistan is beneficiary of this GSP scheme.
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