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Asia Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA)


The Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA), previously named the Bangkok Agreement, signed in 1975 as an initiative of ESCAP, is a preferential tariff arrangement that aims at promoting intra-regional trade through exchange of mutually agreed concessions by member countries. APTA has five members namely Bangladesh, China, India, Republic of Korea, Lao People's Democratic Republic and Sri Lanka. ESCAP functions as the secretariat for the Agreement.

  1. During the Second Session of the Ministerial Council at Goa on 26 October 2007 the following important decisions were taken :
  1. To launch the 4th Round of Negotiations;

  2. To adopt modalities for extension of negotiations in other areas such as non-tariff measures, trade facilitation, services, and investment;

  3. A common set of Operational Procedures for the Certificate and Verification of the Origin of Goods for APTA was approved and it was decided that the same would be implemented w.e.f. 1st January, 2008; and

  4. To explore the possibilities of expanding the membership of the Agreement.
  1. Pursuant to the directions of the Ministers, the Standing Committee initiated negotiations in the areas of tariff concessions with an average of 50% MOP on 50% of tariff lines along with framework agreements on (i) trade facilitation (ii) trade in services (iii) investments and (iv) non-tariff measures.

  2. To move forward the 4th Round of Negotiations, the 35th Session of the Standing Committee and the 3rd Session of the Ministerial Council were held in Seoul, Republic of Korea on December 13-14, 2009 and December 15, 2009 respectively. Mongolia, which has expressed its interest in acceding to APTA, was also invited to participate as an observer to the Session. The Indian delegation was led by Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, Hon’ble Minister of State for Commerce and Industry.

  3. Under the 4th Round, the Standing Committee of Participating States has finalised framework agreements in the areas of (i) trade facilitation, (ii) trade in services and (iii) promotion and liberalisation of investments. Offers of further tariff liberalisation in goods have also been exchanged.

  4. The Standing Committee is also considering a framework agreement on non-tariff measures and a revision of the APTA rules of origin.




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Date: 19-04-2018
Notification No.33/2018-Customs (N.T.)
Exchange Rates Notification No.33/2018-Custom(NT) dated 19.4.2018

Date: 18-04-2018
Notification No. 22/2018-Customs (ADD)
seeks to impose definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of Glassware, originating in, or exported from People's Republic of China and Indonesia. .

Date: 17-04-2018
Notification No. 21/2018-Customs (ADD)
seeks to extend the levy of anti-dumping duty, imposed on imports of Soda Ash originating in or exported from Russia and Turkey under Notification No. 8/2013-Customs (ADD), dated the 18.04.2013 for a further period of one year (i.e. 16.04.2019) or till the conclusion of the sunset review investigations initiated by the Designated Authority vide initiation notification No.7/4/2018-DGAD dated the 16th April, 2018, whichever is earlier.

Date: 16-04-2018
DGFT Notification No.02/2015-2020
Incorporatoin of new HS Codes for laying down import policy for Kabuli Chana, Bengal gram and Others under Exim Code 0713 of Chapter 07 of ITC (HS), 2017, Schedule - I (Import Policy).

Date: 16-04-2018
DGFT Notification No.03/2015-2020
Amendment in import policy conditions under Exim Code 9022 of Chapter 90 of ITC (HS), 2017, Schedule - I (Import Policy).

Date: 13-04-2018
Notification No.32/2018-Customs (N.T.)
Tariff Notification in respect of Fixation of Tariff Value of Edible Oils, Brass Scrap, Poppy Seeds, Areca Nut, Gold and Sliver.

Date: 12-04-2018
A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No.23
Liberalised Remittance Scheme (LRS) for Resident Individuals – daily reporting of transactions

Date: 11-04-2018
Trade Notice No- 2/2018-19
Launch of facility to check status of Importer Exporter Code (IEC) application made to DGFT

Date: 10-04-2018
Notification No. 43/2018-Customs
seeks to increase tariff rate of basic customs duty (BCD) on tariff items covered under tariff sub head 0404 10 ie. Whey and modified Whey, whether or not concentrated or containing added sugar or other sweetening matter, and under tariff item 0404 90 00 ie. Other Whey from present 30% to 40% by invoking section 8A (1) of the Customs Tariff Act, 1975.

Date: 10-04-2018
Notification No. 44/2018-Customs
seeks to amend notification No. 50/2017 Customs dated 30.06.2017 so as to maintain effective rate of BCD on Whey, concentrated, evaporated or condensed, liquid or semi-solid (0404 10 10) and Other Whey (0404 90 00) at 30%.



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