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India-Thailand Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) negotiations.




India-Thailand Comprehensive Economic Cooperation

Agreement (CECA) negotiations

  1. In November 2001, the Prime Minister of Thailand, Dr. Thaksin Shinawatra and the Prime Minister of India agreed to set up a Joint Working Group (JWG) to undertake feasibility study on a Free Trade Agreement between India and Thailand. The Joint Working Group observed that the present policy regimes in both the countries were conducive to more intensive bilateral economic integration and a Free Trade Agreement could prove to be a building block for other sub-regional, regional and global economic integration processes of which both countries are a part. Having observed rich potential of trade expansion, the study concluded that the proposed Free Trade Agreement between India and Thailand is feasible, desirable and mutually beneficial. Accordingly, a Joint Negotiating Group was set up to draft the Framework Agreement on India – Thailand FTA.

  2. During the visit of Indian Prime Minister to Thailand, a Framework Agreement for establishing Free Trade between India and Thailand was signed by the Commerce Ministers of the two sides on 9th October, 2003 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Framework Agreement cover FTA in Goods, Services and Investment and Areas of Economic Cooperation. The Framework Agreement also provided for an Early Harvest Scheme (EHS) under which 82 common items of export interest to the sides have been agreed for elimination of tariff on a fast track basis.

Current Status

  1. The tariff concessions on 82 items of EHS list began from 1.9.2004. The tariffs on these items have become zero for both sides from 1.9.2006.

  2. India-Thailand Trade Negotiating Committee (TNC) has been constituted and discussions are being held on a comprehensive FTA including Trade in Goods, Trade in Services, Investment, Rules of Origin, Dispute Settlement Mechanism etc. 17 Rounds of negotiations have so far been held.







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Date: 31-07-2015
Customs Notification No 72/2015 (NT)
Amends Notification No. 36/2001-Customs (N.T.), dated the 3rd August, 2001

Date: 31-07-2015
Notification No. 35/2015-Customs (ADD)
Seeks to finalize provisional assessments of all imports of ceramic glazed tiles falling under tariff item 6908 90 90 , by M/s Gaoyao Marshal Ceramics Co. Ltd., China PR (producer) through M/s Foshan Dihai Trading Development Co.Ltd., China PR (exporter) which have been subjected to provisional assessment pursuant to the Notification No.109/2011-Customs, dated the 15th December, 2011

Date: 31-07-2015
Notification No. 36/2015-Customs (ADD)
Seeks to Rescind notification No.109/2011-Customs, dated the 15th December, 2011

Date: 30-07-2015
Customs Notification No. 41/ 2015
Seeks to amend Notification No.49/2013-Customs dated 29.11.2013.

Date: 30-07-2015
Customs Notification No. 42/ 2015
Seeks to further amend Notification No.39/96-Customs dated 23.7.1996.

Date: 30-07-2015
Central Excise Notification No 40/2015
Seeks to amend Notification No.30/2013-Central Excise dated 29.11.2013

Date: 28-07-2015
DGFT Notification No 16/ 2015-2020
Amendment in export policy of sawn timber-addition of ports for export to Nepal.

Date: 28-07-2015
Notification No. 34/2015-Customs (ADD)
Seeks to levy definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL), originating in or exported from the People's Republic of China for a period of five years.

Date: 24-07-2015
Customs Notification No 70/2015 (NT)
Appointment of Common Adjudicating Authority

Date: 24-07-2015
Customs Notification No 71/2015 (NT)
Appointment of Common Adjudicating Authority



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