In the early 1980s, Korea`s GDP per capita was about $1,600 to $2,000, and Korea was on the path to an economic dynamo, but it was still fragile. It was at this time that Korean companies began to enter the global consumer electronics market. Electronics manufacturers such as Samsung and Goldstar (now LG) have successfully entered the US and European markets. During the same period, the United States, Korea`s largest export market, recorded record trade deficits, and the U.S. press has often pointed to the growing economic strength of Japan and its neighbor, Korea. For example, in the United States, there were strong emotions in the population that the U.S. government should restrict market access for products from Japan and Korea and that the Japanese and Korean markets should be open to American products. On the same day, the Ministry of Commerce released preliminary results of the review of changes to the anti-dumping law on televisions originating in Korea, in which the Ministry tentatively noted the partial repeal of the anti-dumping duty regulation against Samsung. (4) On 5 January 1998, Korea informed the DSB, on the basis of this interim injunction, that it was withdrawing its panel request, while retaining the right to re-introduce the application. On September 2, 1998, the U.S. Department of Commerce definitively established that amended circumstances warrant the removal of the anti-dumping regulation on Korean color televisions with respect to Samsung. (5) According to an article in the Korean press, when the fourteen members of Samsung`s sales team learned that the United States had finally lifted the anti-dumping measure, they cried out with joy that their fight, which has been going on for more than fourteen years, was finally over. At the DSB meeting of 22 September 1998, Korea announced the final withdrawal of a panel`s request, as anti-dumping duties had been removed.
4. The contracting parties recognize that it is desirable to increase trade freedom through the development of closer integration between the economies of the countries parties to these agreements through voluntary agreements. They also recognise that the objective of a customs union or free trade area should be to facilitate trade between the affected areas and not to create trade barriers for other contracting parties with these zones. Removing WTO trade countervailing measures: lessons learned from regional trade agreements 6. The 1994 GATT obliges members to benefit from a reduction in tariffs which, as a result of the establishment of a customs union or an interim agreement leading to the formation of a customs union, undertakes to take countervailing measures for their constituent elements. The new SACU agreement has a significant impact on the anti-dumping regime in the customs union. It has changed the way tariff decisions, including anti-dumping duties, are taken, and it also requires Member States to develop legislation on corrective measures for emergency transactions, such as anti-dumping measures for the region, and to set up national bodies to manage these remedial measures in different countries. The new legislation and regulations have been reviewed in the CADP program. This evaluation takes the form of written questions from other members; Questions may also be asked of the notifying country at the CADP meeting. ITAC was required to provide satisfactory written answers to all of these questions and ITAC officials were required to appear before the CADP to answer additional questions from members. (35) The EU, the United States and Venezuela asked written questions containing additional questions submitted by Turkey under the CADP. South Africa has successfully defended its new legislation and regulations in the CADP programme by providing members with satisfactory answers and explanations of any concerns they have identified.