(a) Trade in Energy Materials and Products and Energy-Related Equipment between Contracting Parties at least one of which is not a member of the WTO shall be governed, subject to subparagraph (b) and to the exceptions and rules provided for in Annex W, by the provisions of the WTO Agreement, as applied and practised with regard to Energy Materials and Products and Energy-Related Equipment by members of the WTO among themselves, as if all Contracting Parties were members of the WTO.

(b) Such trade of a Contracting Party which is a state that was a constituent part of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics may instead be governed, subject to the provisions of Annex TFU, by an agreement between two or more such states, until 1 December 1999 or the admission of that Contracting Party to the WTO, whichever is the earlier.

Notwithstanding the listing of paragraph 6 of article XXIV of the GATT 1994 in Annex W (A)(1)(a)(i), any signatory affected by an increase in customs duties or other charges of any kind imposed on or in connection with importation or exportation referred to in the first sentence of that paragraph, is entitled to seek consultations in the Charter Conference.

(a) Where a provision of [WTO]1 referred to in this paragraph provides for joint action by [Members of the WTO]2, it is intended that the Charter Conference take such action.3


1Editor's note: original "GATT 1947 or a Related Instrument", adapted by editors.

2Editor's note: original "parties to the GATT", adapted by editors.

3Editor's note: part (b) of the Understanding became irrelevant following the entry into force of the Amendment to the Trade-Realted Provisions of the Energy Charter Treaty.

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