Trade liberalization in the region, through the elimination of regional tariffs and non-tariff barriers, has helped to make ASEAN`s manufacturing 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. Trade facilitation is one of the most important policy measures to support the free movement of goods for the creation of a domestic market and production base, when the first CEA was agreed by the Heads of State and Government in 2007 in 2015. As part of the 2009-2015 AEC project, trade facilitation aims at simple, harmonized and standardized trade and customs procedures, which will improve export competitiveness and facilitate ASEAN`s integration into an internal market for goods, services and investment, as well as a single production base. ASEAN will continue to place a high priority on trade facilitation initiatives, which is largely incorporated into the AEC`s 2025 plan. The Trade Facilitation Initiative paves the way for a variety of work, including the development of a comprehensive action plan to facilitate trade, and welcomed other ongoing efforts to improve trade facilitation through various initiatives, including the ASEAN self-certification system, the creation of an ASEAN trade register. , ASEAN`s unique window, ASEAN`s investment, services and trade solutions, and ASEAN`s customs transit system. These initiatives have taught ASEAN`s efforts to increase transparency and access to regulatory environment information in the various ASEAN Member States and have greatly facilitated the region`s activities. In addition, it will provide the private sector with an urgent way to raise concerns about business activities in a more systematic, timely and less costly manner. rationalizing provisions for amending trade concessions and remedial measures; Ajay Sharma, head of global trade and debt finance at HSBC APAC, said the unique concept of ASEAN accumulation allowed not only Singapore, but ASEAN, to reap the benefits of EUSFTA. The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) was first discussed at the Bali Summit in October 2003, where ASEAN leaders declared that the AEC would be the goal of regional economic integration by 2020.
However, at the 12th ASEAN Summit in January 2007, ASEAN leaders reaffirmed their firm commitment to accelerate the creation of the AEC by 2015, with the aim of transforming ASEAN into a region where flows of goods, services, investment, skills and capital are freer. Although these ASEAN national customs and trade authorities coordinate with each other, disputes can arise. The ASEAN secretariat does not have the legal authority to resolve these disputes, so disputes are resolved bilaterally through informal means or dispute resolution. ASEAN has a similar free trade agreement with India, which is being phased in and is reducing tariffs to 90% of all goods traded between ASEAN and India.