JAPAN GIVES GATT ITS PLAN FOR IMPROVED MARKET ACCESS

JAPAN GIVES GATT ITS PLAN FOR IMPROVED MARKET ACCESS

Japan has presented its full offer on improved market access to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, GATT officials here said Tuesday.

Tokyo's offer was handed to Arthur Dunkel, GATT director-general, Monday evening and covered, as required, both industrial and agricultural products. Japanese sources said the document runs to some 400 pages and offers improved access to Japan's markets for around 6,500 products."Both manufactured and agricultural products are included as was called for, but rice is not one of them," one source told Knight-Ridder Financial News Service Tuesday.

Tokyo last week said it would stick to its long-running resistance to open its market to rice imports despite strong pressure from the United States and other players.

The sources here said that overall the Japanese offer envisaged a reduction of average import restrictions on industrial goods from 3.6 percent to 1.9 percent.

There was no indication of what the reduction would be if farm products were included, because Japan opposes the U.S. position that non-tariff import

barriers such as quotas should be converted into import duty equivalents. GATT officials disputed a report that Japan had only presented offers on improving market access in the mining, fishing and forestry sectors. Instead, they said, the whole range of industrial and agricultural goods was covered as had been required under a March 1 deadline.