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India to cut tariffs on 3,142 items for Asia-Pacific trade bloc from July 1

1526402603-6125India has agreed to provide tariff concessions on 3,142 products to Asia Pacific Agreement (APTA) members, including and Sri Lanka, from July 1, the commerce ministry said on Monday.

However, these duty concessions will be more for least developed countries (LDCs) and less for developing nations.

is an initiative under the (UN ESCAP) for expansion through the exchange of tariff concessions among developing country members of the  It is in place since 1975.

It is a preferential agreement (PTA), under which the basket of items, as well as the extent of tariff concessions, are enlarged during the trade negotiating rounds which are launched from time to time.

The six member countries are Bangladesh, China, India, Laos, and 

The results of fourth round of negotiations under the have been implemented with effect from July 1, the ministry said in a statement.

has, on its part, exchanged tariff concessions on 3,142 tariff lines (or goods) with all member countries and special concessions on 48 tariff lines for LDCs, with and Laos,” it said.

The fourth round of trade negotiations were formally concluded and signed by the ministers of the member countries during their meeting on January 13 last year.

The decision of this meet has now been implemented by all members with effect from July 1, it added.

With the implementation of this decision, the coverage of preferences of total tariff lines for each member would come of 10,677 products, up from 4,270 items at the conclusion of the third round.

The average Margin of Preference (MoP) being provided under the agreement is 31.52 per cent. But members are entitled to greater concessions on 1,249 items with an average MoP of 81 per cent.

Under a free trade agreement, countries cut or eliminate duties on most number of goods traded between them besides liberalising norms to promote services trade and investments. But under a PTA, duties are eliminated on a certain number of identified items.

Courtesy – Business Standard

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