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 26 Jan 2009

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Zero-tariff for more than 3,600 items from Asean by end 2012

A Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and India will open up its markets for goods produced by the 10 member countries of ASEAN while tariffs imposed by the New Delhi government will be reduced to zero for 3,666 items by the end of 2012.

Among the Asean-made goods which will gain from zero tariff are refrigerators, fans, airconditioner parts, jewelry and ornamental goods, rubber products and plastic resins, Thai News Agency quoted Apiradi Tantraporn, Director-General of Thailand’s Foreign Trade Department as saiyng.

The deal is expected to be signed during the Asean summit to be held in the Thai resort of Hua Hin, between February 27-March 1.

Thai exporters wishing to receive tax privileges under the Asean-India FTA must ask for certificates of origin for goods from the Foreign Trade Department because items to be exported to India must contain at least 35 percent raw materials manufactured from Asean and India, the official said.

Currently, only 82 items fall under the Thai-Indian FTA.

The Asean-India FTA, if signed during the summit, will help boost investment in India and also trade among the Southeast Asian bloc member countries because of using raw materials manufactured by Asean members on goods to be exported there, she added.























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