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Summary of Concession

An undertaking by one nation to reduce a tariff rate, increase a quota, or otherwise relieve an economic impediment to trade, usually in response to like concessions from trading partners. In addition to such reciprocal concessions, a nation may offer special duty relief and other non-reciprocal concessions to needy and developing countries. The most comprehensive scheme of non-reciprocal concessions is the General System Of Preferences (read this and related legal terms for further details).

(Main Author: William J. Miller)

Concession and the GATT Policy Negotiations

In relation to the GATT Policy Negotiations, Christopher Mark (1993) provided the following explanation and/or definition of Concession: An agreement to reduce import restrictions –such as through a tariff reduction or binding–granted in negotiations in return for equivalent concessions by trading partners. See reciprocity.

Balance of Concessions and International Trade


Embracing mainstream international law, this section on concession explores the context, history and effect of the area of the law covered here.


Further Reading

  • The entry “concession” in the Parry and Grant Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law (currently, the Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law, 2009), Oxford University Press


See Also

concessions and reciprocity

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