Ministers on ASEAN trade commitment

Trade ministers from the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) plan to tackle barriers to trade beyond tariffs, now that 97.3 percent of inter-ASEAN trade is duty free, according to a report in Burma’s state-run Global New Light of Myanmar. Such measures would include customs simplification and harmonisation of standards. The ministers at a meeting in Kota Bharu in Malaysia on Sunday restated their commitment to establishing an ASEAN Economic Community by the end of the year.