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U.S. - Oman Free Trade Agreement

  Signature: 19 January 2006
  Entry into Force:
Not yet in force

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             Trade Policy Developments


Topics Covered in the Agreement

Initial Provisions and Definitions
Market Access for Goods

Tariff Elimination

Tariff Schedules

Textiles and Apparel

Rules of Origin for Textiles or Apparel Goods

Rules of Origin

Specific Rules of Origin

Rules of Origin for Textiles or Apparel Goods

Customs Administration
Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
Technical Barriers to Trade
Government Procurement

Related Side Letters

Cross-Boarder Trade in Services

Non-Conforming Measures

Related Side Letters

Financial Services

Non-Conforming Measures

Related Side Letters

Electronic Commerce
Intellectual Property Rights

Related Side Letters


Related Side Letters

Administration of the Agreement
Dispute Settlement
Final Provisions
Related Documents
Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Cooperation
Chapter One Initial Provisions and Definitions  
Section A Initial Provisions  

Article 1.1

Establishment of a Free Trade Area  

Article 1.2

Relation to Other Agreements  

Section B

General Definitions  

Article 1.3

Chapter Two National Treatment and Market Access for Goods  

Article 2.1

Scope and Coverage  
Section A National Treatment  

Article 2.2

National Treatment  

Section B

Tariff Elimination  

Article 2.3

Tariff Elimination  
Section C Special Regimes  

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  
Section D Non-Tariff Measures  

Article 2.8

Import and Export Restrictions  

Article 2.9

Administrative Fees and Formalities


Article 2.10

Export Taxes  
Section E Agriculture  

Article 2.11

Agricultural Export Subsidies  

Section F


Article 2.12

  Annex 2-A: National Treatment and Import and Export Restrictions  

Section A: Measures of the United States


Section B: Measures of Oman

  Annex 2-B: Tariff Elimination  
  Annex: U.S. Tariff Schedule  
  Annex: U.S. General Note &  TRQ  
  Annex: Oman Tariff Schedule  
  Annex: Oman General Notes  

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
for Chapters 42, 50 through 63, 70, and 94

Chapter Four

Rules of Origin  

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

Consolations and Modifications  

Article 4.13

Regional cumulation  

Article 4.14

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

Section A: Interpretative Notes


Section B: U.S. Specific Rules

Chapter Five Customs Administration  

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  

Article 6.1


Article 6.2

Scope and Coverage  

Article 6.3

General Provisions  

Article 6.4


Chapter Seven

Technical Barriers to Trade


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


Article 8.1

Application of a Safeguard Measures  

Article 8.2

Conditions and Limitations  

Article 8.3


Article 8.4

Global Safeguard Actions  

Article 8.5

Chapter Nine Government Procurement  

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: Terms and Condition Coverage  
Chapter Ten Investment  
Section A Investment  

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  

Section B

Investor-State Dispute Settlement  

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  

Section C


Article 10.27

Definitions for purposes of this Chapter  
  Annex 10-A: Customary International Law  
  Annex 10-B: Expropriation  
  Annex 10-C: Service of Documents on a Party under Section B  
  Annex 10-D: Possibility of an Bilateral Appellate Mechanism  
Chapter Eleven Cross-Border Trade in Services  

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  
Chapter Twelve Financial Services  

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-Boarder 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  
Chapter Thirteen Telecommunications  

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 Telecommunication Services  

Article 13.4

Additional Obligations Relating to Major Suppliers of Public Telecommunication 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  

Article 14.1


Article 14.2

Electronic Supply of Services  

Article 14.3

Digital Products  

Article 14.4

Consumer Production  

Article 14.5

Chapter Fifteen Intellectual Property Rights  

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  
Chapter Sixteen Labor  

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: Labor Cooperation Mechanism  
Chapter Seventeen Environment  

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

Chapter Eighteen Transparency  

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  

Article 19.1 

Contact Points  

Article 19.2 

Joint Committee  
Chapter Twenty Dispute Settlement  

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 the 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  

Article 21.1

General Exceptions  

Article 21.2

Essential Security  

Article 21.3


Article 21.4

Disclosure of Information  
Chapter Twenty-Two Final Provisions  

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  
Annex I Investment and Services Non-Conforming Measures  
  Formatting Notes  
  Oman Schedule  
  U.S. Schedule  
Annex II Investment and Services Non-Conforming Measures  
  Formatting Notes  
  Oman Schedule  
  U.S. Schedule  
Annex III Financial Services Non-Conforming Measures  
  Oman Formatting Note  
  Oman Schedule  
  U.S. Formatting Note  
  U.S. Schedule  

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