Indonesia Signs ASEAN Agreement to Reduce Non-Tariff Barriers for Essential Goods



Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman | The Jakarta Post

The government has joined the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in signing an agreement on relaxing non-tariff measures (NTM) for the trade of essential goods during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indonesia signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Tuesday. The MoU will be valid for the next two years and cover trade for 152 medical products.

The goods included in the agreement are those directly used for pandemic handling. Food is excluded as it was deemed a sensitive subject, said Antonius Yudi Triantoro, the director of ASEAN negotiation at the Trade Ministry.

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