Protocol of Provisional Application

(GATT/WTO) A legal device that enabled the original contracting parties to accept General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) obligations and benefits, despite the fact that some of their existing domestic legislation at that time discriminated against imports in a manner that was inconsistent with certain GATT provisions. Although meant to be “temporary,” the Protocol has remained in effect; and countries that signed the PPA in 1947 continue to invoke it to defend certain practices that are otherwise inconsistent with their GATT/WTO obligations. Countries that acceded to the GATT/WTO after 1947 have also done so under the terms of the Protocol. See General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, World Trade Organization (WTO).

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