Japan provides for DFQF market access for imports from LDCs under its GSP scheme. The first Japanese GSP scheme came into place in 1971, whereas the latest renewal dates 1 April 2011.
Most remaining exceptions have been phased out since 2006. Currently, 8874 of the 9038 tariff lines are DFQF, corresponding to 98.2 per cent.
Utilization by LDCs:
As of 2011, 48 LDCs benefit from scheme. In 2017, Japan’s imports from LDCs were US$ 5,232 million. Imports were duty free under either MFN or GSP. Only a minimum amount (under 1%) of imports were dutiable.
Available Smooth Transition Procedures:
There are no smooth transition provisions in case of Japan’s GSP scheme. In a survey conducted by UN DESA in 2011, Japan informed that it did not extend its preferences in case of graduation and does not intend to do so in the future.