Extension of implementation dates

Early Warning Mechanism:  extension of implementation dates for provisions in categories B and C 

Article 17 of the TFA states that developing and LDC Members experiencing difficulties in implementing a provision by its definitive date already notified, can request an extension if complying with the following requirements:

Timely notification
Submission of required information

Terms and conditions for successful requests

  • Developing Members to submit the request no later than 120 days before the expiration of the original implementation date
  • LDCs to submit the request no later than 90 days before the expiration of the original implementation date
  • Indication of requested new implementation date
  • Indication of the reasons for the expected delay in implementation
  • If the requested additional time does not exceed 18 months (for developing countries) or 3 years (for LDCs) – the requesting Member is entitled to such additional time without any further action by the Committee 
  • If the requested time exceeds those limits or in case of a second or subsequent request, the TF Committee needs to decide whether to grant the request.