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1 Analyzing the Potential Impact of the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA) on Philippine Trade Policy and on Industry and Agriculture by Riza Bernabe for the Trade Advocacy Group

2 Background The concept of a comprehensive trade in goods agreement was first formally discussed during the 21st AFTA Council meeting held in the Philippines in August 2007 Context: ASEAN was deep into the implementation of AFTA-CEPT (98.58 % of total ASEAN products were already phased into the AFTA-CEPT Inclusion List) ASEAN was working on the elimination of non-tariff barriers ASEAN was developing guidelines on Rules of Origin

3 Objectives of ATIGA ASEAN felt there was a need to develop a comprehensive trade in goods agreement (TIG) that would: -accelerate economic integration in the region -bring AFTA into a rules based system -Harmonize CEPT with the different ASEAN FTAs with trade partners Source: Joint Media Statement of the Twenty First ASEAN AFTA Council Meeting held in Makati City, Philippines on August 23, 2007

4 Expected Benefits from ATIGA Minimal economic barriers and deeper economic linkages within ASEAN Lower business costs Increased trade and investment Better economic efficiency Larger market with greater opportunities Larger economies of scale Competitive business

5 Lens in the study Maintaining the economic viability of small producers Trade in the context of its contribution to sustaining domestic production economy

6 Key Provisions of the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA )

7 1. Creation of an ASEAN Trade Repository (Article 13) The ASEAN Trade Repository shall contain the following information Tariff nomenclature MFN tariffs, preferential tariffs under ATIGA and other ASEAN agreements Rules of Origin Non-tariff measures National trade custom laws and procedures Procedures and documentary requirements Administrative rulings Best practices in trade facilitation List of authorized traders of Member States

8 2. Tariff Liberalization (Chapter 2) 1. Elimination of import duties on all products traded within ASEAN (Article 19) ASEAN 6 (Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines) CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam Exception: Products in the negative list under the Priority Integration Sectors; tariff reduction only for unprocessed agricultural products under Schedule E Expected Policy Action in the Philippines: Tariff Commission Hearings, Passage of Executive Orders

9 3. Elimination of Tariff Quotas (Article 20) Prohibition against the introduction of new tariff quotas Removal of tariff quotas with special flexibility for Thailand and Vietnam (TRQ removal in tranches) Expected Policy Action in the Philippines: Tariff Commission Hearings, Passage of Executive Orders

10 4. Provisions on suspension of concession (Article 23) Suspending party must notify the AFTA council at least 180 days before the suspension of concession is to take effect Consultations with affected (supplying) Member states; Compensation for the suspension of concessions AFTA Council to decide if consultations do not yield positive results

11 5. Special treatment on rice and sugar (Article 24) Protocol to provide special consideration for rice and sugar, adopted in August 2007 Expected Policy Action in the Philippines: Tariff Commission Hearings, Passage of Executive Orders (in the case of sugar); Amendment of RA 8178 to remove rice QRs

12 6. Rules of Origin (Article 25) Products considered as originating from ASEAN Wholly obtained goods or produced (enumerated in Article 26) Not wholly obtained or produced goods Expected Policy Action: Development of administrative guidelines

13 Not Wholly Obtained or Produced Goods (Article 28) Products with a Regional Value Content (RVC) or ASEAN Value Content of 40% If all non-originating materials used in the production have undergone a change in tariff classification (CTC)

14 Formula for Calculating Regional Value Content (Article 29) Direct method Indirect Method

15 Rules of Origin Issuance of Certificate of Origin (Form D) Article 38 Creation of Sub-committee on Rules of Origin (Article 39)

16 7. Elimination of Non-tariff Barriers (NTBs) Article 42 Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand shall eliminate NTBs in three tranches The Philippines shall eliminate by Jan , 2011 and 2012 CLMV to eliminate by 2013, 2014 and 2015 Expected Policy Action: Passage of executive orders/Development of administrative guidelines

17 8. Provisions on Import Licensing Procedure (Annex 44) Transparency in the use of import licensing procedures Notification on import licensing procedures Import licensing procedures must not impede trade Expected Policy Action: Development of administrative guidelines

18 9. Development and implementation of an ASEAN work program on trade facilitation (Article 45) Principles guiding trade facilitation (Article 47) Transparency Communication and consultation Simplification, practicability and efficiency Non-discrimination Consistency and predictability Harmonization, standardization ad recognition Modernization and the use of new technology Due process Co-operation Assessment of Members implementation of trade facilitation measures every 2 years (Article 48) Agreement on Trade Facilitation Framework ( Article 48)

19 10. Establishment of an ASEAN Single Window (Article 49)

20 11. Customs administration (Chapter 6, Articles 51 – 70) Consistency, transparency and predictability in the administration of custom laws Simplification and harmonization of customs procedures Efficient, economic and expeditious administration of customs laws and procedures Greater cooperation among custom authorities

21 12. Standards, Technical Regulations and Conformity Assessment Procedures (Chapter 7, Articles71-) General Principle and Objective: To ensure that the standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures are not used as obstacles to trade while recognizing the legitimate needs of members for such measures

22 Standards, Technical Regulations and Conformity Assessment Procedures (Chapter 7) Core features: Must be consistent with the WTO agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade Provides for the development and implementation of ASEAN Mutual Recognition Agreements Development of an ASEAN Marking Scheme Adoption of relevant international standards in developing national and regional standards Adoption of principles of most favored nation and national treatment

23 13. Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (Chapter 8) Key objective: Protection of human, animal and plant life and health Consistent with the WTO Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures SPS to facilitate trade Transparency in the implementation of SPS measures. Records on SPS to be readily available to all members (Annex 9). Equivalence arrangements guided by relevant international and regional standards

24 14. Trade Remedy Measures (Chapter 8) Retains provisions on safeguard measures and countervailing and anti- dumping duties;

25 15. Dispute Settlement (Article 89) Dispute settlement through the: 1.ASEAN Consultations to Solve Trade and Investment Issues (ACT) and the ASEAN Compliance Monitoring Body 2.AFTA Council/SEOM/Coordinating Committee on the Implementation of ATIGA (CCA)

26 Philippine Trade with ASEAN

27 The Philippines is a consistent net importer of ASEAN products Data Source: Department of Trade and Industry

28 The Philippines has a negative trade balance with 7 out of 9 co-members in ASEAN Data Source: Department of Trade and Industry

29 Industrial imports outpace industrial exports. Date Source: DTI, BAS

30 The country has a negative industrial trade balance with 7 out of 9 ASEAN members Date Source: DTI, BAS

31 Agricultural imports outpace agricultural exports. In 2008, the value of agricultural trade deficit was at US $ 1.9 billion. Data source: Bureau of Agricultural Statistics

32 The Philippines has a negative agricultural trade balance with 7 out of 9 ASEAN members

33 Agricultures share to total ASEAN trade is generally small Agricultures share to total imports is higher than Its share to total exports Data Sources: DTI, BAS

34 Indicative list of products traded between the Philippines and ASEAN Members 2008 Data Source: Department of Trade and Industry

35 Top agricultural products traded between the Philippines and ASEAN, 2008 Source: Bureau of Agricultural Statistics

36 The prices of rice imported from Thailand and Vietnam are very low compared to domestically produced rice Source: Rice Watch and Action Network

37 Research Findings Gains from further regional trade liberalization can only be realized if competitiveness issues (in terms of price and supply capability) are addressed As with most trade arrangements, there are winners and losers. The biggest losers are in the agriculture sector, where stakeholders are poorest and most vulnerable to displacement;

38 Research Findings Formula of near-uniform liberalization schedules as prescribed in ATIGA is not appropriate for the Philippines given the great disparity in competitiveness levels among the different sectors. The sections relating to NTBs, SPS, customs, administration and import licensing procedures are are not yet fully developed, and may be influenced to strengthen governments capability to regulate trade

39 Research Findings The poor level of competitiveness of local producers is the main threat to their economic viability Trade liberalization, such as through ATIGA, exacerbates this threat There is a need for appropriate policy sequencing (i.e. programs to improve competitiveness before full scale liberalization)

40 Research Findings Implementation of ATIGA will require policy changes, including the: 1. Amendment of RA 8178: removal of rice QRs 2. Passage of executive orders on tariff reduction, phasing out of tariff quotas, removal of NTMs 3. Development of administrative orders and guidelines on import licensing, customs administration, NTB and SPS enforcement

41 CSOs and Business: Spectrum of Possible Positions 1.Rejection of ATIGA 2.Delay of ATIGA implementation to give time for local industries to improve competitiveness levels 3.Refashion ATIGA to reflect the following: Provision of SP and SSM like features in the agreement Strengthen rights of members states to enforce CSO version of better customs administration, import licensing procedures, TBTs and SPS

42 CSOs and Business: Spectrum of Possible Positions 4. Strengthen government capacity to maximize sufficiently ambigous provisions in ATIGA that can provide it with greater flexibility to safeguard the economic viability of local producers (TBTs and SPS, customs administration, ROO implementation, retention of import licensing power) 5. Grin and bear it


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