ASEAN MEMBERS AGREE TO IMPROVE E-FORM D FUNCTION

BANGKOK, Thailand Thailand and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries are improving their utilisation of the Electronic Certificate of Origin (e-Form D), which has been transmitted online between them, to better facilitate regional trade and business operators, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

Permanent Secretary for Commerce Nuntawan Sakuntanaga, in her capacity as the head of a task force in charge of following up Thailand’s trade facilitation measures, told journalists on Sunday that she has assigned her ministry’s Department of Trade Negotiations to hold talks with other ASEAN member countries on the move to improve the utilisation of the e-Form D.

Nuntawan stated the department, in its capacity as the secretary of the task force, first hosted a meeting late last month with the other ASEAN member countries having jointly utilised the e-Form D since Jan 1, this year, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand, and all agreed to quickly address the existing technical problems of the e-Form D as they are considered non-tariff barriers to regional trade.

She said the technical problems include the unstable connection of the regional e-service due partly to the imposition of some conditions which are incompliant with the Operational Certification Procedures (OCP) for the Rule of Origin (ROC) under the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA).

According to her, Thailand and the other ASEAN member countries have agreed to further discuss the improvement of their joint utilisation of the e-Form D during a meeting of the High Level Task Force on ASEAN Economic Integration (HLTF-EI) to be held in June 2018, when a proposal on the e-revision and the e-revocation of the e-Form D between Thailand and the other ASEAN member countries will also be raised for talks.

Thailand and other ASEAN members are, in the meantime, using the e-Form D together with the paper-based ROC certificate pending the improved function of the e-Form D, she added.

Source: NAM News Network

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