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Tariff cuts, exemptions for Vietnam-EU FTA clarified

The percentage of duty exemptions is equivalent to 70.3% of Vietnam’s exports to the EU, according to the inter-sectorial steering committee for international economic integration. Vietnam and the EU have achieved more results for trade in goods than other sectors.

Last week, Vietnam and the EU said they had reached an agreement in principle on the FTA. Days after, the committee said the EU would remove 99.2% of tariff lines, or 99.7% of Vietnam’s goods shipped to that market seven years after the trade accord takes effect.

Canada targets progress on FTA talks with Philippines within year

THE Canadian government wants exploratory talks with the Philippines for a potential Free Trade Agreement (FTA), to cover as much ground as possible within the year before the change in administration.

“We want to advance them as much as we can. We’re also conscious the clock is ticking for the Aquino administration,” Canadian Ambassador Neil Reeder told a media briefing at his official residence yesterday.

India's Department of Revenue Extends Anti-dumping Duty

The article is available in its entirety from a 4 September, 2015 posting from Central Board of Excise Tax and Customs at: http://cbec.gov.in/htdocs-cbec/customs/cs-act/notifications/notfns-2015/...

India-Canada FTA likely to be concluded by March 2016

The negotiations for the agreement, which is officially dubbed as Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), were launched by both the countries in November, 2010 to further boost bilateral trade and investment.

This has been excerpted from a 15 July 2015 news item by money control and is available in its entirety at: http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/economy/india-canada-fta-likely-to-be-c...

S. Korea launches 1st round of FTA talks with Central American countries

SEOUL, Sept. 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and six Central American countries, including El Salvador and Panama, launched their first round of negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) Monday. 

The start of negotiations for the seven-way FTA is the result of the countries' trade ministers agreeing to sign a high-level, comprehensive FTA three months ago. 

S. Korea, Ecuador set to launch FTA talks

SEJONG, Aug. 19 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and Ecuador will announce the start of negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) next week, the Seoul government said Wednesday. 

The announcement will be made Tuesday at a meeting of the countries' trade ministers in Seoul, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. 

The declaration of the start of FTA talks comes nearly two years after the countries concluded a joint feasibility study in June 2013. 

Korea, Pakistan likely to start FTA negotiations

South Korea and Pakistan are likely to announce negotiations to clinch a free trade agreement (FTA) soon, according to a source familiar with the issue, The Korea Times reported on Sunday.

The Pakistani trade minister will visit Seoul this week to discuss the matter with his Korean counterpart, he told The Korea Times on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media regarding the issue.

Third Round of the Negotiations for a Japan-Turkey Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)

The third round of the negotiations for a Japan-Turkey Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) will be held in Tokyo from September 7 to September 10.

EU and Japan continue working towards open trade

The 12th round of EU-Japan talks for a free trade agreement ended today in Tokyo. The negotiators discussed all areas of the future agreement with the exception of the investment chapter. A separate session will be organised on that topic at the end of the month. 

China to deepen ties with ASEAN by upgrading free trade agreement

China has said it will finish negotiations on upgrading the China-ASEAN Free Trade Areacalled CAFTA by the end of this year, said Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli on Friday.

He said economic and trade cooperation is the base and guide of the construction of the Beltand Road Initiative.

"China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will further deepen economic andtrade cooperation and mutually create an upgraded version of CAFTA," Zhang said at theopening ceremony of the 12th China-ASEAN Expo in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang autonomousregion.