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Framework Agreement with ASEAN.





WE, the Heads of State/Government of the Republic of India (India), and Brunei Darussalam, the Kingdom of Cambodia (Cambodia), the Republic of Indonesia (Indonesia), the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Malaysia, the Union of Myanmar (Myanmar), the Republic of the Philippines (the Philippines), the Republic of Singapore (Singapore), the Kingdom of Thailand (Thailand), the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam (Viet Nam), Member States of the Association of South East Asian Nations (collectively, "ASEAN" or "ASEAN Member States", or individually, "ASEAN Member State");

Recalling that in 2002, we had agreed on the importance of enhancing our close economic cooperation and to work towards an India-ASEAN Regional Trade and Investment Area (RTIA) as a long-term objective;

Desiring to adopt a Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation (this Agreement) between India and ASEAN (collectively, "the Parties", or individually referring to India or to an ASEAN Member State as a "Party") that is forward-looking in order to forge a closer economic partnership in the 21st century;

Desiring to minimize barriers and deepen economic linkages between the Parties; lower costs; increase intra-regional trade and investment; increase economic efficiency; create a larger market with greater opportunities and larger economies of scale for the businesses of the Parties; and enhance the attractiveness of the Parties to capital and talent;

Recognising the important role and contribution of the business sector in enhancing trade and investment between the Parties and the need to further promote and facilitate their cooperation and utilisation of greater business opportunities provided by the India-ASEAN RTIA;

Recognising the different stages of economic development among ASEAN Member States and the need for flexibility, including the need to facilitate the increasing participation of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam (the New ASEAN Member States) in the India-ASEAN economic co-operation and the expansion of their exports, inter alia, through the strengthening of their domestic capacity, efficiency and competitiveness;

Reaffirming the rights, obligations and undertakings of the respective parties under the World Trade Organization (WTO), and other multilateral, regional and bilateral agreements and arrangements; and

Recognising that regional trade arrangements can contribute towards accelerating regional and global liberalisation and as building blocks in the framework of the multilateral trading system,

Have agreed as follows:



The objectives of this Agreement are to:

  • strengthen and enhance economic, trade and investment co-operation between the Parties;
  • progressively liberalise and promote trade in goods and services as well as create a transparent, liberal and facilitative investment regime;

  • explore new areas and develop appropriate measures for closer economic co-operation between the Parties; and

  • facilitate the more effective economic integration of the new ASEAN Member States and bridge the development gap among the Parties.


Measures For Economic Cooperation

The Parties agree to enter into negotiations in order to establish an India-ASEAN Regional Trade and Investment Area (RTIA), which includes a Free Trade Area (FTA) in goods, services and investment, and to strengthen and enhance economic cooperation through the following:

  1. progressive elimination of tariffs and non-tariff barriers in substantially all trade in goods;

  2. progressive liberalisation of trade in services with substantial sectoral coverage;

  3. establishment of a liberal and competitive investment regime that facilitates and promotes investment within the India-ASEAN RTIA;

  4. provision of special and differential treatment to the New ASEAN Member States;

provision of flexibility to the Parties in the India-ASEAN RTIA negotiations to address their sensitive areas in the goods, services and investment sectors with such flexibilities to be negotiated and mutually agreed based on the principle of reciprocity and mutual benefits;

establishment of effective trade and investment facilitation measures, including, but not limited to, simplification of customs procedures and development of mutual recognition arrangements;

expansion of economic cooperation in areas as may be mutually agreed between the Parties that will complement the deepening of trade and investment links between the Parties and formulation of action plans and programmes in order to implement the agreed sectors/areas of co-operation; and

establishment of appropriate mechanisms for the purposes of effective implementation of this Agreement.


Trade In Goods

  1. With a view to expediting the expansion of trade in goods, the Parties agree to enter into negotiations in which duties and other restrictive regulations of commerce (except, where necessary, those permitted under Article XXIV (8)(b) of the WTO General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)) shall be eliminated on substantially all trade in goods between the Parties.

  2. For the purposes of this Article, the following definitions shall apply unless the context otherwise requires:
  1. "applied Most Favoured Nation (MFN) tariff rates" shall refer to the respective applied rates of the Parties as of 1 July 2004; and "non-tariff measures" shall include non-tariff barriers.
  1. Upon signing of this Agreement, the Parties shall commence consultations on each other’s trade regime, including, but not limited to the following:
  1. trade and tariff data;

  2. customs procedures, rules and regulations;

  3. non tariff measures including, but not limited to import licensing requirement and procedure, quantitative restrictions, technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary;

  4. intellectual property rights rules and regulations; and

  5. trade policy.

4.The tariff reduction or elimination programme of the Parties shall require tariffs on listed products to be gradually reduced and, where applicable, eliminated in accordance with this Article.

5. The products which are subject to the tariff reduction or elimination programme under this Article shall include all products not covered by the Early Harvest Programme (EHP) under Article 7 of this Agreement, and such products shall be categorised into two tracks as follows:

  1. Normal Track: Products listed in the Normal Track by a Party on its own accord shall have their respective applied MFN tariff rates gradually reduced or eliminated in accordance with specified schedules and rates (to be mutually agreed by the Parties) over a period from:
  1. 1 January 2006 to 31 December 2011 for India, and Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand;

  2. 1 January 2006 to 31 December 2016 for India and the Philippines; and

  3. 1 January 2006 to 31 December 2011 for India and 1 January 2006 to 31 December 2016 for the New ASEAN Member States.

In respect of those tariffs which have been reduced but have not been eliminated, they shall be progressively eliminated within timeframes to be mutually agreed between the Parties.

  1. Sensitive Track:
  1. The number of products listed in the Sensitive Track shall be subject to a maximum ceiling to be mutually agreed among the Parties.

  2. Products listed in the Sensitive Track by a Party on its own accord shall, where applicable, have their respective applied MFN tariff rates progressively reduced/eliminated within timeframes to be mutually agreed between the Parties.
  1. The commitments undertaken by the Parties under this Article and Article 7 of this Agreement shall fulfill the WTO requirements to eliminate tariffs on substantially all the trade between the Parties.

  2. The specified tariff rates/tariff preferences to be mutually agreed between the Parties pursuant to this Article shall set out only the limits of the applicable tariff rates/preferences or range for the specified year of implementation by the Parties.

  3. The negotiations between the Parties to establish the India-ASEAN RTIA covering trade in goods shall also include, but not be limited to the following:
  1. modalities, including detailed rules governing the tariff reduction and/or elimination;

  2. Rules of Origin;

  3. treatment of out-of-quota rates;

  4. modification of a Party’s commitments under the agreement on trade in goods based on WTO agreements;

  5. non-tariff measures/barriers, including, but not limited to, quantitative restrictions or prohibition on the importation of any product or on the export or sale for export of any product, as well as sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to trade;

  6. safeguards based on the WTO agreements;

  7. disciplines on subsidies and countervailing measures and anti-dumping measures based on the existing WTO agreements; and

  8. facilitation and promotion of effective and adequate protection of trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights based on existing WTO, World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and other relevant agreements.


Trade In Services

With a view to expediting the expansion of trade in services, the Parties agree to enter into negotiations to progressively liberalise trade in services on a preferential basis with substantial sectoral coverage. Such negotiations shall be directed to:

progressive elimination of substantially all discrimination between or among the Parties and/or prohibition of new or more discriminatory measures with respect to trade in services between the Parties, except for measures permitted under Article V(1)(b) of the WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS);

expansion in the depth and scope of liberalisation of trade in services beyond those undertaken by India and ASEAN Member States under the GATS; and

enhanced cooperation in services between the Parties in order to improve efficiency and competitiveness, as well as to diversify the supply and distribution of services of the respective service suppliers of the Parties.



To promote investments and to create a liberal, facilitative, transparent and competitive investment regime, the Parties agree to:

enter into negotiations in order to progressively liberalise their investment regimes;

strengthen cooperation in investment, facilitate investment and improve transparency of investment rules and regulations; and

provide for the protection of investments.


Areas of Economic Cooperation

  1. Where appropriate, the Parties agree to strengthen their cooperation in the following areas, including, but not limited to:
  1. Trade Facilitation:
  1. Mutual Recognition Arrangements, conformity assessment, accreditation procedures, and standards and technical regulations;

  2. non-tariff measures;

  3. customs cooperation;

  4. trade financing; and

  5. business visa and travel facilitation.
  1. Sectors of Cooperation:
  1. agriculture, fisheries and forestry;

  2. services: media and entertainment, health, financial, tourism, construction, business process outsourcing, environmental;

  3. mining and energy: oil and natural gas, power generation and supply;

  4. science and technology: information and communications technology, electronic-commerce, biotechnology;

  5. transport and infrastructure: transport and communication;

  6. manufacturing: automotive, drugs and pharmaceuticals, textiles, petrochemicals, garments, food processing, leather goods, light engineering goods, gems and jewellery processing;

  7. human resource development: capacity building, education, technology transfer; and

  8. others: handicrafts, small and medium enterprises, competition policy, Mekong Basin Development, intellectual property rights, government procurement.
  1. Trade and Investment Promotion:
  1. fairs and exhibitions;

  2. India-ASEAN weblinks; and

  3. business sector dialogues.
  1. The Parties agree to implement capacity building programmes and technical assistance, particularly for the New ASEAN Member States, in order to adjust their economic structure and expand their trade and investment with India.

  2. Parties may establish other bodies as may be necessary to coordinate and implement any economic cooperation activities undertaken pursuant to this Agreement.


Early Harvest Programme

  1. With a view to accelerating the implementation of this Agreement, the Parties agree to implement an EHP, which is an integral part of the India-ASEAN RTIA, for products covered under paragraph 3(a) below. The progressive tariff reduction under the EHP shall commence from 1 November 2004, and tariff elimination shall be completed by 31 October 2007 for India and ASEAN-6, and 31 October 2010 for the New ASEAN Member States.

  2. For the purposes of this Article, the following definitions shall apply unless the context otherwise requires:
  1. "ASEAN 6" refers to Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand; and

  2. "applied MFN tariff rates" shall refer to the respective applied rates of the Parties as of 1 July 2004.
  1. The product coverage, tariff reduction and elimination, removal of non-tariff barriers, rules of origin, trade remedies and emergency measures applicable to the EHP shall be as follows:
  1. Product Coverage

    Common products on which the Parties agree to exchange tariff concessions are listed in Annex A.

    Products on which India accords concessions to the New ASEAN Member States are listed in Annex B.

  2. Modality for Tariff Reduction and Elimination

    The modality for tariff reduction and elimination for the products covered by the EHP shall be finalised under Article 8(2) of this Agreement.

  3. Removal of non-tariff measures

    In order to fully realise the potential benefits of the EHP, the parties shall promote and facilitate trade in all products listed in the EHP. The parties shall also endeavour to refrain from using non-tariff measures adversely affecting trade in Early Harvest products.

  4. Rules of Origin

    Products covered by the EHP shall qualify for tariff preferences in accordance with the Rules of Origin to be agreed under Article 8(2) of this Agreement.

  5. Application of WTO provisions

    The WTO provisions governing modification of commitments, safeguard actions, emergency measures and other trade remedies, including anti-dumping and subsidies and countervailing measures, shall, in the interim, be applicable to the products covered under the EHP and shall be superseded and replaced by the relevant disciplines negotiated and agreed to by the Parties under Article 3(8) of this Agreement once these disciplines are implemented.
  1. The Parties shall also explore the feasibility of cooperation in the areas listed in Annex C.



  1. For trade in goods, negotiations on the agreement for tariff reduction/elimination and other matters as set out in Article 3 of this Agreement shall commence in January 2004 and be concluded by 30 June 2005 in order to establish the India-ASEAN FTA.

  2. The negotiations on Rules of Origin for trade in goods under Articles 3 and 7 and modality for tariff reduction and elimination under Article 7 shall be concluded no later than 31 July 2004.

  3. For trade in services and investments, the negotiations on the respective agreements shall commence in 2005 and be concluded by 2007. The identification, liberalisation, etc., of the sectors of services and investment shall be finalised for implementation subsequently in accordance with the timeframes to be mutually agreed: (a) taking into account the sensitive sectors of the Parties; and (b) with special and differential treatment and flexibility for the New ASEAN Member States.

  4. For other areas of economic cooperation, the Parties shall continue to build upon existing or agreed programmes set out in Article 6 of this Agreement, develop new economic cooperation programmes and conclude agreements on the various areas of economic cooperation. The Parties shall do so expeditiously for early implementation in a manner and at a pace acceptable to all the Parties concerned. The agreements shall include timeframes for the implementation of the commitments therein.


Most-Favoured Nation Treatment

India shall continue to accord Most-Favoured Nation (MFN) Treatment consistent with WTO rules and disciplines to all the non-WTO ASEAN Member States upon the date of signature of this Agreement.


General Exceptions

Subject to the requirement that such measures are not applied in a manner which would constitute a means of arbitrary or unjustifiable discrimination between or among the Parties where the same conditions prevail, or a disguised restriction on trade within the India-ASEAN FTA, nothing in this Agreement shall prevent any Party from taking action and adopting measures for the protection of its national security or the protection of articles of artistic, historic and archaeological value, or such other measures which it deems necessary for the protection of public morals, or for the protection of human, animal or plant life, health and conservation of exhaustible natural resources.


Dispute Settlement Mechanism

  1. The Parties shall, within one (1) year after the date of entry into force of this Agreement, establish appropriate formal dispute settlement procedures and mechanism for the purposes of this Agreement.

  2. Pending the establishment of the formal dispute settlement procedures and mechanism under paragraph 1 above, any disputes concerning the interpretation, implementation or application of this Agreement shall be settled amicably by mutual consultations.


Institutional Arrangements for the Negotiations

  1. There shall be established an ASEAN-India Trade Negotiating Committee (TNC) to carry out the programme of negotiations set out in this Agreement.

  2. The ASEAN-India TNC may invite experts or establish any Working Group as may be necessary to assist in the negotiations of all sectors in the India-ASEAN RTIA.

  3. The ASEAN-India TNC shall regularly report to the Minister of Commerce and Industry of India and the ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM-India Consultations), through the meetings of the ASEAN Senior Economic Officials and India (SEOM-India Consultations), on the progress and outcome of its negotiations.

  4. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, and the ASEAN Secretariat shall jointly provide the necessary secretariat support to the ASEAN-India Trade Negotiating Committee (TNC) whenever and wherever negotiations are held.


Miscellaneous Provisions

  1. This Agreement shall include the Annexes and the contents therein, and all future legal instruments agreed pursuant to this Agreement.

  2. Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, this Agreement or any action taken under it shall not affect or nullify the rights and obligations of a Party under existing agreements to which it is a party.

  3. The Parties shall endeavour to refrain from increasing restrictions or limitations that would affect the application of this Agreement.

  4. Any ASEAN Member State may defer its participation in the implementation of this Agreement provided that a notification is given to the other parties within twelve (12) months from the date of signing of this Agreement. Any extension of the negotiated concessions to such ASEAN Member State shall be voluntary on the part of the parties participating in such implementation. The ASEAN Member State concerned shall participate in the implementation of this Agreement at a later date on the same terms and conditions, including any further commitments that may have been undertaken by the other parties by the time of such participation.



The provisions of this Agreement may be modified through amendments mutually agreed upon in writing by the Parties.



For the ASEAN Member States, this Agreement shall be deposited with the Secretary-General of ASEAN, who shall promptly furnish a certified copy thereof to India and each ASEAN Member State.


Entry into Force

  1. This Agreement shall enter into force on 1 July 2004.

  2. The Parties undertake to complete their internal procedures for the entry into force of this Agreement prior to 1 July 2004.

  3. Where a Party is unable to complete its internal procedures for the entry into force of this Agreement by 1 July 2004, the Agreement shall come into force for that Party upon the date of notification of the completion of its internal procedures. The Party concerned, however, shall be bound by the same terms and conditions, including any further commitments that may have been undertaken by the other Parties under this Agreement by the time of such notification.

  4. A Party shall upon the completion of its internal procedures for the entry into force of this Agreement notify all the other parties in writing.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, WE have signed this Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation between the Republic of India and the Association of South East Asian Nations.

DONE at Bali, this 8th day of October, 2003 in duplicate copies in the English Language.

For the Republic of India

Prime Minister

For Brunei Darussalam

Sultan of Brunei Darussalam

For the Kingdom of Cambodia

Prime Minister

For the Republic of Indonesia


For the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Prime Minister

For Malaysia

Prime Minister

For the Union of Myanmar

Prime Minister

For the Republic of the Philippines


For the Republic of Singapore

Prime Minister

For the Kingdom of Thailand

Prime Minister

For the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

Prime Minister


No.   6-digit
HS Code
1    160413    Sardines, sardinella and brisling or sprats, whole or in pieces
2    160414    Tunas, skipjack and atlantic bonito, prepared or preserved
3    180400    Cocoa butter, fat and oil
4    180500    Cocoa powder, not containing added sugar or other sweetening matter
5    200820    Pineapples, prepared or preserved
6    200949   Other pineapple juice
7    261000    Chromium ores and concentrates
8    261100    Tungsten ores and concentrates
9    270111    Anthracite
10    271311    Petroleum coke - Not calcined
11    271490    Bitumen and asphalt, natural; asphaltites and asphaltic rocks – Other
12    282120    Earth colours
13    282760    Iodides and iodide oxides
14    283410    Nitrites
15    283620    Disodium carbonate
16    283650    Calcium carbonate
17    283711    Of sodium
18    283911    Sodium metasilicates
19    283990    Other
20    290219    Other
21    290220    Benzene
22    290243    p-Xylene
23    290544    D-glucitol (sorbitol)
24    290722    Hydroquinone (quinol) and its salts
25    290723    4,4'- Isopropylidenediphenol (bisphenol A, diphenylolpropane) and its salts
26    290820    Derivatives containing only sulpho groups, their salts and esters
27    290942    Monomethyl ethers of ethylene glycol or of diethylene glycol
28    291250    Cyclic polymers of aldehydes
29    291614    Esters of methacrylic acid
30    291619    Other
31    291631    Benzoic acid, its salts and esters
32    291735    Phthalic anhydride
33    291739    Other
34    291829    Other
35    292149    Other
36    292250    Amino-alcohol-phenols, amino-acid-phenols and other amino-compounds with oxygen function
37    292410    Acyclic amides (including acyclic carbamates) and their derivatives; salts thereof
38    292990    Other
39    293219    Other
40    293799    Other
41    293890    Other
42    294200    Other organic compounds
43    320412    Acid dyes and mordant dyes and preparation based
44    320416   Reactive dyes and preparations based thereon
45    380290    Activated natural mineral products; animal black, including spent animal black
46    381230    Anti-oxidising preparations and other compound
47    382490    Products, preparations and residual products of the chemical
48    401011    Conveyor belts or belting; reinforced only with metal
49    401012    Conveyor belts or belting; reinforced only with textile material
50    401013    Conveyor belts or belting; reinforced only with plastics
51    401019    Other conveyor belts or belting
52    401029    Transmission belts or belting of vulcanised rubber
53    401410    Sheath contraceptives
54    401519    Gloves, other than surgical
55    410441    Full grains, unsplit, grain splits
56    441129    Other fiberboard of a density exceeding 0.5 g/cm3 but not exceeding 0.8 g/cm3
57    441510    Cases, boxes, crates, drums and similar packings; cable-drums
58    442010    Statuettes and other ornaments, of wood
59    442090    Other
60    470100    Mechanical wood pulp
61    481139    Other
62    481190    Other paper, paperboard, cellulose wadding and webs of cellulose fibers
63    481390    Other
64    481610    Carbon or similar copying papers
65    481910    Cartons, boxes and cases, of corrugated paper or paperboard
66    482010    Registers, account books, note books, order books, receipt books, letter pads, memorandum pads, diaries and similar articles
67    482040    Manifold business forms and interleaved carbon sets
68    482090    Other
69    482390    Other
70    490110    In single sheets, whether or not folded
71    491110    Trade advertising material, commercial catalogues and the like
72    491191    Pictures, designs and photographs
73    491199    Other
74    700521    Float glass: colored throughout the mass (body tinted) specified, flashed or merely surface ground
75    731029    Other of cans which are to be closed by soldering or crimping with capacity less than 501
76    740110    Copper matte
77    740311    Cathode and sections of cathodes
78    750110    Nickel mattes
79    750210    Unwrought nickel – nickel, not alloyed
80    780110    Refined lead
81    780191    Containing by weight antimony as the principle other element
82    800110    Unwrought tin, not alloyed
83    841090    Parts, including regulators
84    841199    Other
85    841320    Hand pumps, other than those of subheading No. 8413.11 or 8413.19
86    842839    Continuous-action elevators/conveyors for goods/material
87    842890    Other machinery
88    843221    Disc harrows
89    844820    Parts and accessories of machines of heading No. 84.44 or of their auxiliary machinery
90    844832    Of machines for preparing textile fibers, other than card clothing
91    844833    Spindles, spindle flyers, spinning rings and ring travelers
92    844839    Other
93    845530    Rolls for rolling mills
94    845590    Other parts
95    846693    For machines of headings Nos. 84.56 to 84.61
96    846789    Other
97    846930    Other typewriters, non-electric
98    847329    Other
99    848071    Injection or compression types
100    848079    Other
101    848180    Other appliances
102    848220    Tapered roller bearings, including cone and tapered roller assemblies
103    848299    Other
104    848360    Clutches and shaft couplings (including universal joints)
105    848410    Gaskets and similar joints of metal sheeting combined with other material or of two or more layers of metal


No.   6-digit
HS Code
1    080211    Almonds fresh or dried in shell
2    130110    Lac
3    130120    Gum Arabic
4    130190    Others
5    140110    Bamboos
6    140120    Rattans
7    140190    Other
8    170490    Other
9    252100    Limestone flux; limestone and other calcareous stone, of a kind used for the manufacture of lime or cement
10    252400    Asbestos
11    253090    Other
12    260700    Lead ores and concentrates
13    260800    Zinc ores and concentrates
14    260900    Tin ores and concentrates
15    261510    Zirconium ores and concentrates
16    270112    Bituminous coal
17    270400    Coke and semi-coke of coal, of lignite or of peat, whether or not agglomerated; retort carbon
18    270820    Pitch coke
19    271119    Other
20    280920    Phosphoric acid and polyphosphoric acids
21    283327    Of barium
22    284800    Phospides, whether or not chemically defined, excluding ferrophosphorus
23    292241    Lysine and its esters; salts thereof
24    293299    Other
25    300390    Other ayurvedic homeopathic and allopathic medicine for therapeutic prophylactic uses, not put up for retail sale
26    401590    Other articles of apparel & clothing accessories
27    410110     -Whole hides and skins of bovine animals, of a weight per skin not exceeding 8 kg when simply dried, 10 kg when dry-salted, or 14 kg when fresh, wet-salted or otherwise preserved
28    410121    - - Whole
29    410122    - - Butts and bends
30    410129    - - Other
31    410130    - Other hides and skins of bovine animals, otherwise preserved
32    410140    - Hides and skins of equine animals
33    410310    Raw hides & skins of goats or kids
34    410320    - Of reptiles
35    410390    - Other
36    410512    Sheep/lamb skin leather otherwise pre-tanned w/n split
37    440110    Fuel wood in logs billets etc/in similar forms
38    440130    Sawdust and wood waste/scrap whether or not agglomerated in logs, briquettes, pellets or similar forms
39    440320    Wood in rough, coniferous
40    440349    Other tropical wood
41    440392    Beech wood in rough
42    440399    Other wood in rough
43    440420    Hoopwood; non-coniferous
44    440710    Coniferous
45    440729    Other
46    440792    Of beech (Fagus spp.)
48    440810    Coniferous
49    440839    Other of tropical wood
50    440890    Veneer sheets plysheets etc of other wood
51    440920    Non-coniferous
52    441011    Waferboard, including oriented strand board of wood
53    441019    Other particle and similar board of wood
54    441213    With at least one outer ply of tropical wood specified in Subheading Note 1 to this Chapter
55    441219    Hardwood plywood
56    441229    Other plywood with at least one outer ply of non-coniferous wood (excluding one layer of particle board)
57    441299    Other plywood, veneered panels and laminated wood panel and laminated wood
58    441600    Casks, barrels, vats, tubs and other coopers' products and parts thereof, of wood, including staves
59    441820    Doors and their frames and thresholds
60    441830    Parquet panels (teak)
61    442190    Other articles excluding cloth hangers
62    480570    Other paper and paperboard, weighing more than 150 g/m² but less than 225 g/m²
63    481950    Other packing containers, including record sleeves
64    482311    Self-adhesive
65    560710    Twine, cordage, robes and cables of jute
66    630510    Sacks and bags, of a kind used for the packing of goods made up of jute textile bast fibres: -new
67    640312    - - Ski-boots, cross-country ski footwear and snowboard boots
68    640319    - - Other
69    640320    - Footwear with outer soles of leather, and uppers which consist of leather straps across the instep and around the big toe
70    640330    - Footwear made on a base or platform of wood, not having an inner sole or a protective metal toe-cap
71    640340    - Other footwear, incorporating a protective metal toe-cap
72    640351    - - Covering the ankle
73    640359    - - Other
74    640391    - - Covering the ankle
75    640399    - - Other
76    710310    Unworked or simply sawn or roughly shaped
77    710391    Rubies, sapphires and emeralds
78    710399    Other
79    720854    Flat-rolled products, not in coils of a thickness <3 mm, not further worked than hot-rolled, pickled
80    722020    Cold rolled products of stainless steel of width less than 600 mm
81    830890    Other made up articles including parts
82    841191    Of turbo-jets or turbo-propellers
83    841480   Other
84    841810    Combined refrigerator-freezers, fitted with separate external doors
85    842481    Agricultural or horticultural
86    842641   On tyres
87    842911    Track laying
88    842940    Tamping machines and road rollers
89    843131    Of lifts, skip hoists or escalators
90    843149    Other
91    843699    Other
92    845221    Automatic units
93    845229    Other
94    845230    Sewing machine needles
95    845320    Machinery for making or repairing footwear
96    846039   Other
97    846390   Other
98    847160    Input or output units, whether or not containing storage units in the same housing
99    847180    Other units of automatic data processing machines
100    847920    Machinery for the extraction or preparation of animal or fixed vegetable fats or oils
101    847950    Industrial robots, not elsewhere specified or included
102    848190   Parts
103    854129    Other transistors, other than photosensitive transistors
104    851180    Other equipment
105    870899    Other parts and accessories of vehicles of heading 8701-870
106    902290    Other apparatus including parts and accessories of heading 9022
107    920790    Other
108    940330   Wooden furniture of a kind used in offices
109    940360    Other wooden furniture
110    960310    Broom and brushes
111    960629    Other buttons



No    Areas of Economic Cooperation
A.    Trade and investment promotion and facilitation activities
1    Enhancement of India-ASEAN web linkages to enable better exchange of information on:
   * customs procedures, rules and regulations;
   * non-tariff measures (NTMs), including sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) and technical barriers to trade (TBT);
   * intellectual property rights (IPR) rules and regulations;
   * investment rules and regulations; and
   * biotechnology.
   Identification of focal points in India and ASEAN for the areas highlighted above.
2    Trade and investment promotion activities in India and ASEAN via seminars, workshops and trade and investment missions.
3    Facilitation of travel for business people through measures such as simplification of documentation, including visas and fees.
4    Cooperation in the marketing and trading of agro-products.
B. Human Resource Development (HRD), Technical Cooperation & Research and Development (R&D)
5    Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and family-owned businesses, including training in entrepreneurship and information and communications technology (ICT).
6    ICT and e-commerce.
7    Cooperation among intellectual property rights (IPR) agencies in India and ASEAN, including patents and enforcement of IPR rules and regulations.
8    Technical cooperation in areas such as:
   * Standards and quality control in agriculture products and agro-processing;
   * Production of pulp and paper from non-wood materials; and
   * Production of pulses, cotton and sugar cane.
9    Exchange of publications and information on cotton, jute, kenaf and other textile products.
10    Training in lapidary and mine management and safety.
11    Establishment of twinning programmes between educational and research institutes.
C. Other Areas of Cooperation
12    Cooperation between tourism agencies of India and ASEAN to boost travel between the two regions.
13    Business process outsourcing.
14    Media and entertainment services.
15    Environmental services.


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