Since the early 2000s, India has had a growing trade deficit with ASEAN, with imports exceeding exports by more than $6 billion in 2007-08.  There are concerns that gradual liberalization of tariffs and increased imports to India could threaten several economic sectors, including the plantation sector, some processing industries and the maritime industry.  As a dominant exporter of light industrial products, ASEAN has competitive tariffs that prevent India from accessing the industrial market in ASEAN countries.  An interactive list of bilateral and multilateral free trade instruments is available on the TREND Analytics website.  EXCELLENCY, I have the honour of inviting a reference to Article VII of the existing trade agreement between the governments of the Republic of Indonesia and India, which was originally signed on 30 January 1953, and to discussions between your Department of External Economic Relations and this message and to propose on behalf of the Indian government that the agreement, and the timetables attached to it, are attached to it. , which we last extended until December 31, 1959 by exchanges of letters on July 15, 1959, can now be extended and valid for the period from January 1, 1960 to 30. The signing of the ASEAN-India trade agreement paves the way for the creation of one of the world`s largest free trade agreements – a market of nearly 1.8 billion people with a combined GDP of $2.8 trillion. Under the ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement, more than 90% of the products traded between the two dynamic regions, including so-called “special” products, such as palm oil (raw and refined), coffee, black tea and pepper, are filled with tariffs. Tariffs for more than 4,000 product lines will not be abolished until 2016 at the earliest. “A past feasibility test shows that there are important economic complementarities between the Indian and Indonesian economies, and the development of a bilateral ECSC could exploit the immense potential for trade gains and well-being that could be further enhanced by integrating trade in services and promoting investment cooperation,” said the AGENCE official.
ON 13 August 2009, ASEAN and India signed the ASEAN-India Trade Agreement (TIG) in Bangkok after six years of negotiations. The Tig aSEAN-India agreement came into force on 1 January 2010. At the 7th ASEAN-India Summit on 24 October 2009 in Cha-am Hua Hin, Thailand agreed to review the bilateral trade target of $70 billion, which is expected to be achieved over the next two years, and estimated that the initial target of $50 billion set in 2007 could soon be exceeded. “The ECSC will continue to follow the path already taken under the ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement and will be a comprehensive agreement including economic cooperation, trade in goods and services and investment. The ECSC between the two countries would lead to superior and mutually beneficial economic cooperation,” a senior Foreign Ministry (MEA) official told the Sunday Guardian. Indonesia is the world`s largest producer of palm oil, but India also imports 30% of its palm oil needs from Malaysia, and this is due to the lower price of the Malaysian variety due to the ECSC signed between India and Malaysia, which keeps costs low. The above provisions are applied retroactively from January 1, 1953 and come into effect after the exchange of the notes in question between the two governments. They remain in force until 31 December 1953 and for successive periods agreed by mutual agreement before their expiry. Full multilateral agreements (not listed below) see: List of multilateral free trade agreements. This section does not apply to concessions made to vessels operating in the coastal traffic of one of the contracting parties.