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Article 30.1: Annexes, Appendices and FootnotesEdit

The Annexes, Appendices, and footnotes to this Agreement shall constitute an integral part of this Agreement.

Article 30.2: AmendmentsEdit

The Parties may agree, in writing, to amend this Agreement. When so agreed by all Parties and approved in accordance with the applicable legal procedures of each Party, an amendment shall enter into force 60 days after the date on which all Parties have notified the Depositary in writing of the approval of the amendment in accordance with their respective applicable legal procedures, or on such other date as the Parties may agree.

Article 30.3: Amendment of the WTO AgreementEdit

In the event of an amendment of the WTO Agreement that amends a provision that the Parties have incorporated into this Agreement, the Parties shall, unless this Agreement provides otherwise, consult on whether to amend this Agreement.

Article 30.4: AccessionEdit

1. This Agreement is open to accession by:
(a) any State or separate customs territory that is a member of APEC, and
(b) such other State or separate customs territory as the Parties may agree,

that is prepared to comply with the obligations set out in the Agreement, subject to such terms and conditions as may be agreed between the State or customs territory and the Parties, and following approval in accordance with the applicable legal procedures of each Party and acceding State or customs territory.

2. A State or separate customs territory may seek to accede to this Agreement by submitting a request in writing to the Depositary.
3.
(a) Following receipt of a request under paragraph 2 to accede, the Commission shall, provided in the case of paragraph 1(b) that the Parties so agree, establish a working group to negotiate the terms and conditions for the accession. Membership in the working group shall be open to all interested Parties.
(b) After completing its work, the working group shall provide a written report to the Commission. If the working group has reached agreement with the accession candidate on proposed terms and conditions for accession, the report shall set out those terms and conditions, a recommendation to the Commission to approve them, and a proposed Commission decision inviting the accession candidate to become a Party to the Agreement.
3bis. For purposes of paragraph 3:
(a) A decision of the Commission shall be deemed to be taken only where:
(i) all Parties have indicated agreement to the establishment of a working group to consider the request for accession, or
(ii) if a Party does not indicate agreement when the Commission considers the issue, that Party has not objected in writing to the establishment of a working group to consider the request for accession within 7 days of the Commission’s consideration.
(b) A decision of the working group shall be deemed to be taken only where:
(i) all Parties that are members of the working group have indicated agreement, or
(ii) if a Party that is a member of the working group does not indicate agreement when the working group considers an issue, that Party has not objected in writing within 7 days of the working group’s consideration.
4. If the Commission adopts a decision approving the terms and conditions for an accession and inviting an accession candidate to become a Party, the Commission shall specify a period, which may be subject to extension by agreement of the Parties, during which the accession candidate may deposit an instrument of accession indicating that it accepts those terms and conditions.
5. An accession candidate shall become a Party to this Agreement, subject to the terms and conditions approved in the Commission’s decision, on the later of:
(a) 60 days after the date on which the candidate deposits an instrument of accession with the Depositary indicating that it accepts those terms and conditions; or
(b) the date on which all Parties have notified the Depositary that they have completed their respective applicable legal procedures.

Article 30.5: Entry into ForceEdit

1. This Agreement shall enter into force 60 days after the date on which all original signatories have notified the Depositary in writing of the completion of their applicable legal procedures.
2. In the event that not all original signatories have notified the Depositary in writing of the completion of their applicable legal procedures within a period of two years of the date of the signature of this Agreement, it shall enter into force 60 days after the expiry of this period if at least six of the original signatories, which together account for at least 85 per cent of the combined gross domestic product of the original signatories in 2013,[1] have notified the Depositary in writing of the completion of their applicable legal procedures within this period.
3. In the event that this Agreement does not enter into force under paragraph 1 or 2, it shall enter into force 60 days after the date on which at least six of the original signatories, which together account for at least 85 per cent of the combined gross domestic product of the original signatories in 2013, have notified the Depositary in writing of the completion of their applicable legal procedures.
4. After the date of entry into force of this Agreement under paragraph 2 or 3, an original signatory for which the Agreement has not entered into force shall notify the Parties of the completion of its applicable legal procedures and its intention to become a Party to this Agreement. The Commission shall determine within 30 days of the date of the notification by that original signatory whether the Agreement shall enter into force with respect to the notifying original signatory.
5. Unless the Commission and the notifying original signatory agree otherwise, this Agreement shall enter into force for that notifying original signatory referred to in paragraph 4, 30 days after the date on which the Commission makes an affirmative determination.

Article 30.6: WithdrawalEdit

1. Any Party may withdraw from this Agreement by providing written notice of withdrawal to the Depositary. A withdrawing Party shall simultaneously notify the other Parties of its withdrawal through the contact points.
2. A withdrawal shall take effect six months after a Party provides written notice to the Depositary under paragraph 1, unless the Parties agree on a different period. If a Party withdraws, this Agreement shall remain in force for the remaining Parties.


Article 30.7: DepositaryEdit

1. The original English, Spanish, and French texts of this Agreement shall be deposited with New Zealand, which is hereby designated as the Depositary of this Agreement.
2. The Depositary shall promptly provide certified copies of the original texts of this Agreement and of any amendments to this Agreement to each signatory State, acceding State and acceding separate customs territory.
3. The Depositary shall promptly inform each signatory and acceding State or separate customs territory, and provide them with the date and a copy, of:
(a) a notification under Article 30.2 (Amendments), Article 30.4.5 (Accession) or Article 30.5 (Entry into Force);
(b) a request to accede to this Agreement under Article 30.4.2 (Accession);
(c) the deposit of an instrument of accession under Article 30.4.4 (Accession); and
(d) a notice of withdrawal provided under Article 30.6 (Withdrawal).

Article 30.8: Authentic TextsEdit

The English, Spanish, and French texts of this Agreement are equally authentic. In the event of any divergence between those texts, the English text shall prevail.

NotesEdit

  1. For the purposes of this Article, gross domestic products shall be based on data of the International Monetary Fund using current prices (U.S. dollars).