United States-Oman Free Trade Agreement
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Preamble   Back to top!
Chapter One Establishment of Free Trade Area and Definitions Back to top!

Article 1.1:

Establishment of a Free Trade Area


Article 1.2:

Relation to other Agreements


Article 1.3:


Chapter Two National Treatment and Market Access for Goods Back to top!

Article 2.1:

Scope and Coverage


Article 2.2:

National Treatment


Article 2.3:

Tariff Elimination


Article 2.4:

Waiver of Customs Duties


Article 2.5:

Temporary Admission of Goods


Article 2.6:

Goods Re-entered After Repair or Alteration


Article 2.7:

Duty-free Entry of Commercial Samples of Negligible Value and Printed Advertising Materials


Article 2.8:

Import and Export Restrictions


Article 2.9:

Administrative Fees and Formalities


Article 2.10:

Export Taxes


Article 2.11:

Agricultural Export Subsidies


Article 2.12:


  Annex 2-A: National Treatment and Import and Export Restrictions  
  Annex 2-B: Tariff Elimination  
  U.S. Tariff Schedule PDF  
  U.S. General Notes & TRQ Annex PDF Back to top!
  Oman Tariff Schedule PDF  
  Oman General Notes PDF Back to top!
Chapter Three Textiles and Apparel  

Article 3.1:

Bilateral Emergency Actions


Article 3.2:

Rules of Origin and Related Matters


Article 3.3:

Customs Cooperation for Textile and Apparel Goods


Article 3.4:

Committee on Textile and Apparel Trade Matters


Article 3.5:


  Annex 3-A: Rules of Origin for Textile or Apparel Goods  
Chapter Four Rules of Origin Back to top!

Article 4.1:

Originating Goods


Article 4.2:

New or Different Article of Commerce


Article 4.3:

Non-qualifying Operations


Article 4.4:



Article 4.5:

Value of Materials


Article 4.6:

Direct Costs of Processing Operations


Article 4.7:

Packaging and Packing Materials and Containers for Retail Sale and for Shipment


Article 4.8:

Indirect Materials


Article 4.9:

Transit and Transshipment


Article 4.10:

Importer Requirements


Article 4.11:

Obligations Relating to Importation


Article 4.12:

Consultations and Modifications


Article 4.13:

Regional Cumulation


Article 4.14:



Annex 4-A: Certain Product-Specific Rules of Origin

Chapter Five Customs Administration Back to top!

Article 5.1:



Article 5.2:

Release of Goods


Article 5.3:



Article 5.4:

Risk Assessment


Article 5.5:



Article 5.6:



Article 5.7:

Express Shipments


Article 5.8:

Review and Appeal


Article 5.9:



Article 5.10:

Advance Rulings


Article 5.11:

Technical Cooperation and Implementation

Chapter Six Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Back to top!

Article 6.1:



Article 6.2:

Scope and Coverage


Article 6.3:

General Provisions


Article 6.4:


Chapter Seven Technical Barriers to Trade Back to top!

Article 7.1:

Scope and Coverage


Article 7.2:

Affirmation of the TBT Agreement


Article 7.3:

International Standards


Article 7.4:

Trade Facilitation


Article 7.5:

Conformity Assessment Procedures


Article 7.6:



Article 7.7:

TBT Chapter Coordinators


Article 7.8:

Information Exchange


Article 7.9:


  Annex 7-A: TBT Chapter Coordinators>  
Chapter Eight Safeguards Back to top!

Article 8.1:

Application of a Safeguard Measure


Article 8.2:

Conditions and Limitations


Article 8.3:



Article 8.4:

Global Safeguard Actions


Article 8.5:


Chapter Nine Government Procurement Back to top!

Article 9.1:

Scope and coverage


Article 9.2:

General principles


Article 9.3:

Publication of procurement measures


Article 9.4:

Publication of notice of intended procurement and notice of planned procurement


Article 9.5:

Time limits for tendering process


Article 9.6:

Information on intended procurements


Article 9.7:

Conditions for participation


Article 9.8:

Tendering procedures


Article 9.9:

Treatment of tenders and awarding of contracts


Article 9.10:

Ensuring integrity in procurement practices


Article 9.11:

Domestic review of supplier challenges


Article 9.12:

Modifications and rectifications to coverage


Article 9.13:

Non-disclosure of information


Article 9.14:



Article 9.15:


  Annex 9 - Terms and Conditions of Coverage PDF  
  Side Letter on Impartial Authority PDF  
  Side Letter on State-Owned Enterprises PDF  
Chapter Ten Investment Back to top!

Article 10.1:

Scope and Coverage


Article 10.2:

Relation to Other Chapters


Article 10.3:

National Treatment


Article 10.4:

Most-Favored-Nation Treatment


Article 10.5:

Minimum Standard of Treatment


Article 10.6:

Expropriation and Compensation


Article 10.7:



Article 10.8:

Performance Requirements


Article 10.9:

Senior Management and Boards of Directors


Article 10.10:

Investment and Environment


Article 10.11:

Denial of Benefits


Article 10.12:

Non-Conforming Measures


Article 10.13:

Special Formalities and Information Requirements


Article 10.14:

Consultation and Negotiation


Article 10.15:

Submission of a Claim to Arbitration


Article 10.16:

Consent of Each Party to Arbitration


Article 10.17:

Conditions and Limitations on Consent of Each Party


Article 10.18:

Selection of Arbitrators


Article 10.19:

Conduct of the Arbitration


Article 10.20:

Transparency of Arbitral Proceedings


Article 10.21:

Governing Law


Article 10.22:

Interpretation of Annexes


Article 10.23:

Expert Reports


Article 10.24:



Article 10.25:



Article 10.26:

Service of Documents


Article 10.27:



Annex 10-A: Customary International Law


Annex 10-B: Expropriation


Annex 10-C: Service of Documents on A Party Under Section B

  Non-Conforming Measures  
Chapter Eleven Cross-Border Trade in Services Back to top!

Article 11.1:

Scope and Coverage


Article 11.2:

National Treatment


Article 11.3:

Most-Favored-Nation Treatment


Article 11.4:

Market Access


Article 11.5:

Local Presence


Article 11.6:

Non-Conforming Measures


Article 11.7:

Domestic Regulation


Article 11.8:

Transparency in Developing and Applying Regulations


Article 11.9:



Article 11.10:

Transfers and Payments


Article 11.11:

Denial of Benefits


Article 11.12:

Specific Commitments


Article 11.13:



Article 11.14:



Annex 11.9: Professional Services


Annex 11.12: Specific Commitments

  Side Letter on Immigration PDF  
Chapter Twelve Financial Services Back to top!

Article 12.1:

Scope and Coverage


Article 12.2:

National Treatment


Article 12.3:

Most-Favored-Nation Treatment


Article 12.4:

Market Access for Financial Institutions


Article 12.5:

Cross-Border Trade


Article 12.6:

New Financial Services


Article 12.7:

Treatment of Certain Information


Article 12.8:

Senior Management and Boards of Directors


Article 12.9:

Non-Conforming Measures


Article 12.10:



Article 12.11:

Transparency and Administration of Certain Measures


Article 12.12:

Self-Regulatory Organizations


Article 12.13:

Payment and Clearing Systems


Article 12.14:

Expedited Availability of Insurance Services


Article 12.15:

Specific Commitments


Article 12.16:

Financial Services Committee


Article 12.17:



Article 12.18:

Dispute Settlement


Article 12.19:

Investment Disputes in Financial Services


Article 12.20:


  Annex 12.5.1: Cross-Border Trade  
  Annex 12.11: Transparency  
  Annex 12.15: Specific Commitments  
  Annex 12.16.1: Financial Services Committee  
  Side Letter on Cross-Border Financial Service Suppliers PDF  
Chapter Thirteen Telecommunications Back to top!

Article 13.1:

Scope and Coverage


Article 13.2:

Access to and Use of Public Telecommunications Services


Article 13.3:

Obligations Relating to Suppliers of Public Telecommunications Services


Article 13.4:

Additional Obligations Relating to Major Suppliers of Public Telecommunications Services


Article 13.5:

Submarine Cable Systems


Article 13.6:

Conditions for the Supply of Value-Added Services


Article 13.7:

Independent Regulatory Bodies and Government Ownership


Article 13.8:

Universal Service


Article 13.9:

Licensing Process


Article 13.10:

Allocation and Use of Scarce Resources


Article 13.11:



Article 13.12:

Resolution of Telecommunications Disputes


Article 13.13:

Transparency of Measures Relating to Telecommunications


Article 13.14:

Flexibility in the Choice of Technologies


Article 13.15:



Article 13.16:

Relationship to Other Chapters


Article 13.17:


  ANNEX 13-A  
  ANNEX 13-B  
Chapter Fourteen Electronic Commerce Back to top!

Article 14.1:



Article 14.2:

Electronic Supply of Services


Article 14.3:

Digital Products


Article 14.4:

Consumer Protection


Article 14.5:


Chapter Fifteen Intellectual Property Rights Back to top!

Article 15.1:

General provisions


Article 15.2:

Trademarks, including geographical indications


Article 15.3:

Domain names on the internet


Article 15.4:

Copyright and related rights


Article 15.5:



Article 15.6:

Related rights


Article 15.7:

Protection of encrypted program-carrying satellite signals


Article 15.8:



Article 15.9:

Measures related to certain regulated products


Article 15.10:

Enforcement of intellectual property rights

  Side Letter on Liability for Service Providers and Limitations PDF  
  Side Letter on Optical Discs PDF  
  Side Letter on Public Health PDF  
Chapter Sixteen Labor Back to top!

Article 16.1:

Statement of Shared Commitment


Article 16.2:

Application and Enforcement of Labor Laws


Article 16.3:

Procedural Guarantees and Public Awareness


Article 16.4:

Institutional Arrangements


Article 16.5:

Labor Cooperation


Article 16.6:

Labor Consultations


Article 16.7:


  Annex 16-A (Labor Cooperation Mechanism) PDF  
Chapter Seventeen Environment Back to top!

Article 17.1:

Levels of Protection


Article 17.2:

Application and Enforcement of Environmental Laws


Article 17.3:

Procedural Matters


Article 17.4:

Voluntary Mechanisms to Enhance Environmental Performance


Article 17.5:

Institutional Arrangements


Article 17.6:

Opportunities for Public Participation


Article 17.7:

Environmental Cooperation


Article 17.8:

Environmental Consultations


Article 17.9:

Relationship to Environmental Agreements


Article 17.10:


  Side Letter on Voluntary Mechanisms PDF  
Chapter Eighteen Transparency Back to top!

Article 18.1:



Article 18.2:

Notification and Provision of Information


Article 18.3:

Administrative Proceedings


Article 18.4:

Review and Appeal


Article 18.5:



Article 18.6:


Chapter Nineteen Administration of the Agreement Back to top!

Article 19.1:

Contact Points


Article 19.2:

Joint Committee

Chapter Twenty Dispute Settlement Back to top!

Article 20.1:



Article 20.2:

Scope of Application


Article 20.3:

Administration of Dispute Settlement Proceedings


Article 20.4:

Choice of Forum


Article 20.5:



Article 20.6:

Referral to the Joint Committee


Article 20.7:

Establishment of Panel


Article 20.8:

Rules of Procedure


Article 20.9:

Panel Report


Article 20.10:

Implementation of the Final Report


Article 20.11:



Article 20.12:

Non-Implementation in Certain Disputes


Article 20.13:

Compliance Review


Article 20.14:

Five-Year Review


Article 20.15:

Private Rights



Annex 20-A: Inflation Adjustment Formula for Monetary Assessments

Chapter Twenty-One Exceptions Back to top!

Article 21.1:

General exceptions


Article 21.2:

Essential security


Article 21.3:



Article 21.4:

Disclosure of information


Chapter Twenty-Two Final Provisions Back to top!

Article 22.1:



Article 22.2:



Article 22.3:

Amendment of the wto agreement


Article 22.4:

Expansion of the free trade area


Article 22.5:

Entry into force and termination


Annexes Back to top!
  Annex I (Investment and Services Non-Conforming Measures)  
  Formatting Notes PDF  
  Oman Schedule PDF  
  U.S. Schedule PDF  
  Annex II (Investment and Services Non-Conforming Measures)  
  Formatting Notes PDF  
  Oman Schedule PDF  
  U.S. Schedule PDF  
  Annex III (Financial Services Non-Conforming Measures)  
  Oman Formatting Note PDF  
  Oman Schedule PDF  
  U.S. Formatting Note PDF  
  U.S. Schedule PDF Back to top!
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About the Agreement
  19 January 2006
  Entry into Force
  01 January 2009
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