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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: 27-05-2016
Notification No. 20/2016-Customs (ADD)
Seeks to impose anti-dumping duty on ?Coumarin? of all types [Tariff Item 2932 20 10], originating in or exported from People?s Republic of China, for a period of five years (unless revoked, superseded or amended earlier).

Date: 27-05-2016
DGFT Public Notice No. 13/2015-2020
Single application for filing claim under MEIS for shipments from different EDI Ports

Date: 27-05-2016
Trade Notice No. 07/2016
Allocation of quantity of Black Pepper, Vanaspati Bakery, Shortening & Margarine and Coconut for import under the Indo-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement for the financial year 2016-17

Date: 27-05-2016
Trade Notice No. 07/2016
Allocation of quantity of Black Pepper, Vanaspati Bakery, Shortening & Margarine and Coconut for import under the Indo-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement for the financial year 2016-17

Date: 26-05-2016
Central Excise Notification No. 28/2016 CE (NT)
Seeks to amend Cenvat Credit Rules so as to prescribe that Cenvat credit of Krishi Kalyan Cess paid on input services would be available to service providers and could be utilised for discharge of liability of Krishi Kalyan Cess only

Date: 26-05-2016
Customs Notification No. 35/2016
Seeks to further amend notification No.27/2011-Customs dated 1.3.2011

Date: 26-05-2016
RBI/2015-16/411 A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 72
Memorandum of Procedure for channeling transactions through Asian Clearing Union (ACU)

Date: 26-05-2016
RBI/2015-16/412 A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 73
Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA) Foreign Exchange (Compounding Proceedings) Rules, 2000 (the Rules) - Compounding of Contraventions under FEMA, 1999

Date: 26-05-2016
RBI/2015-16/414 A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 74
Export Data Processing and Monitoring System (EDPMS) – Additional modules for caution listing of exporters, reporting of advance remittance for exports and migration of old XOS data

Date: 26-05-2016
Service Tax Notification No. 27/2016 (ST)
Seeks to provide that notification No. 30/2012 - Service Tax, dated the 20th June, 2012, shall be applicable mutatis mutandis for the purposes of Krishi Kalyan Cess.



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