Considerable work has been done in the past and this committee focuses on the development of the work programme, trade facilitation indicators (TFI), the creation of the National Coordination Committee (NJC) and technical assistance from dialogue partners. rationalizing provisions for amending trade concessions and remedial measures; Best practices in trade facilitation applied by each Member State; and ASEAN national authorities have traditionally been reluctant to share or cede sovereignty to the authorities of other ASEAN members (although ASEAN trade ministries regularly conduct cross-border visits to conduct on-site inspections as part of anti-dumping investigations). Unlike the EU or NAFTA, joint teams to ensure compliance and control of violations have not been widely used. Instead, ASEAN national authorities must rely on the verification and analysis of other ASEAN national authorities to determine whether AFTA`s measures, such as the rule of origin, are being complied with. Differences of opinion may arise between national authorities. Again, the ASEAN secretariat can help resolve a dispute, but it has no right to resolve it. The main features of ACTS are support for customs and trade. The system uses a single electronic declaration between departure and destination. It is also a safe and effective system: the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA)  is a trade agreement of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that supports local trade and production in all ASEAN countries and facilitates economic integration with regional and international allies.    It is one of the largest and most important free trade zones in the world and, with its network of dialogue partners, has promoted some of the world`s largest multilateral forums and blocs, including Asia-Pacific economic cooperation, the East Asia Summit and regional economic partnership.       Trade liberalization in the region through the elimination of domestic tariffs and non-tariff barriers has helped to make ASEAN`s industrial sectors more efficient and competitive in the global market. As a result, consumers are able to source from more efficient ASEAN producers, creating robust intra-ASEAN trade.
Posted Apr 8th, 2021