Govt pressing CLMV countries for zero import duties

Economy June 11, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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The Trade Negotiations Department will urge neighbours Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) to lower their duties on products to zero in preparation for the Asean Economic Community's fruition next year.

The department is joining the other nine Asean countries at the 15th meeting of the Coordinating Committee on Atiga (the Asean Trade in Goods Agreement) in Chiang Mai this week to discuss the promotion and implementation of free trade agreements in the region.
The other six countries in Asean reduced their duties to zero per cent in 2011, leaving only the CLMV countries to follow.
Somkiat Triratpan, deputy director-general, said yesterday that the department would also use this opportunity to remove other trade barriers in the region such as Indonesia’s restrictions on vegetable imports and the requirements for import permits for fresh chicken going to the Philippines.
The Indonesian restrictions are beginning to affect Thailand’s vegetable exports, while the Philippines has already lifted the import restriction on Thai chicken, so it is a good time to follow up on those issues, he said.
Other topics of discussion are logistics, certificates of origin, and the Asean Trade Repository, which will compile all information on trade activities and regulations of 
each country in the region, Somkiat said.