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Title: TRADE AGREEMENT COMPLIANCE AND MONITORING: OMAN

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06MUSCAT14232006-10-02 13:45:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Muscat
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STATE FOR NEA/ARP, EB/TPP FOR EKOCH 
STATE PASS USTR FOR JBUNTIN 
COMMERCE FOR COBERG 
DUBAI FOR DWILLIAMS 
 
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TAGS: ECON ETRD PREL MU
SUBJECT: TRADE AGREEMENT COMPLIANCE AND MONITORING: OMAN 
REPORT 
 
REF: SECSTATE 152063 
 
The Embassy has keyed the following responses to reftel 
request: 
 
¶A. The Economic/Commercial officer is responsible for 
monitoring agreements and responding to trade barrier 
complaints.  The Economic/Commercial officer works with the 
Political/Economic chief, the Agricultural Trade Office (ATO) 
Director stationed in Dubai, the Deputy Chief of Mission, and 
the Ambassador in resolving such complaints. 
 
¶B. The Embassy's point of contact is Economic/Commercial 
officer Brian Grimm, who can be reached at 968-24-698-989, 
extension 332 or on his mobile at 968-99-459-887.  His email 
address is GrimmBM@state.gov 
 
¶C. The Embassy assisted Washington agencies in resolving two 
main compliance issues during the calendar year.  First, in 
March 2006, the Embassy received a complaint via ATO Dubai 
that two U.S. beef shipments had been detained at an Omani 
port of entry.  Econoff confirmed with officials from the 
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries that only one shipment 
had been detained for lack of documentation, while the other 
shipment never arrived in Oman.  Upon further questioning, 
these officials confirmed that the Ministry was no longer 
issuing permits for U.S. beef imports based on USG reports of 
two BSE cases to the World Organization for Animal Health 
(OIE).  Econoff inquired about the notification procedure, 
noting that the Embassy had not been informed of the 
Ministry's decision.  One official replied that the Ministry 
was not obligated under Omani law to notify interested 
parties of these types of actions in writing.  He added that 
importers generally are kept abreast of the latest 
developments through their dealings with the Ministry.  He 
further explained that the Ministry would not forecast when 
it would resume issuing permits. 
 
Emboffs then raised this issue with the Minister of Commerce 
and Industry.  The Minister stated that he had spoken with 
the Agriculture and Fisheries Minister about the restriction 
on U.S. beef.  He reiterated that Oman had not officially 
banned imports of U.S. beef and had not taken formal action 
to impose new conditions on such imports.  Emboffs replied 
that imposition of any conditions on the importation of U.S. 
beef without a scientifically confirmed basis would not be 
acceptable. 
 
During an April follow-on meeting with ATO Dubai Director and 
Econoff, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries confirmed 
that no ban on U.S. beef would be imposed.  In a late May 
note verbale, Oman reaffirmed its commitment to permit the 
importation of U.S. beef. 
 
Second, the Embassy worked closely with USTR and the Commerce 
Department's Office of Anti-boycott Compliance to ensure 
Oman's non-compliance with the Arab League boycott of Israel. 
 In September 2005, Econoff and USDOC Anti-boycott officials 
discussed several incidences with the Ministry of Commerce 
and Industry and those entities which used boycott language 
in commercial documentation, including Omantel and Sultan 
Qaboos University.  Assurances were received from all parties 
to remove such language, and the Minister of Commerce and 
Industry wrote to the US Trade Representative to assure him 
that Oman did not impose any type of boycott against Israel. 
In February 2006, the Minister of Commerce and Industry 
reminded the President of Sultan Qaboos University to remove 
references to outdated boycott language.  In March 2006, the 
Embassy received several assurances from the Ministry of 
Foreign Affairs that Oman's participation in the Arab League 
boycott had been rescinded and that its personnel were 
instructed not to attend boycott meetings.  Consequently, in 
July 2006, Treasury removed Oman from the list of countries 
participating in the Arab League boycott of Israel. 
 
¶D. The Embassy maintains close contact with the Ministry of 
Commerce and Industry, the Omani Center for Investment 
Promotion and Export Development, the Oman Chamber of 
Commerce and Industry, the Muscat American Business Council, 
ATO Dubai, and relevant Washington agencies in the monitoring 
of trade compliance issues. 
GRAPPO