Yes, yes. If you are aware of security measures that are either detrimental to your company`s export or able to do so, contact the U.S. Department of Commerce`s Office of Trade Agreements Negotiations and Compliance hotline. The U.S. government has information and assistance for U.S. companies who believe they have been harmed by a WTO member country`s non-compliance with the agreement. While it cannot guarantee that your problem can be resolved, the U.S. government can, if necessary, discuss the specific facts of your situation with officials from the other country concerned. Once a security device has been implemented, it will need to be gradually liberalized over time. As a general rule, protection measures should not last more than four years, but they can be extended for up to eight years if the country implementing the protection measure deems it necessary to prevent or repair serious injuries.
Developing countries are allowed to maintain security measures for up to 10 years. All safeguards require the payment of compensation – in the form of substantially equivalent trade concessions – for each implementation beyond three years. For example, the “specific safeguard measures” in Article 5 of the WTO Agreement on Agriculture and the “transitional guarantees” under Article 6 of the WTO Agreement on Textiles and Textiles apply only to agricultural or textile products. See chapters 6 and 9 of this book. Any WTO member state that either initiates an investigation or carries out a safeguard measure must inform the Safeguarding Committee of the World Trade Organization of its measures. The United States, which is a member of this commission, is therefore aware of all possible safeguards. The Committee monitors and reports on the implementation of the safeguards agreement and makes recommendations to improve it. You can also visit the World Trade Organization homepage, which will allow you to obtain additional information on the safeguard agreement as well as general information about the WTO.