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South Korea & Indonesia Reach Trade Deal

Steel News - Published on Fri, 18 Oct 2019

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South Korea and Indonesia have reached a preliminary consensus that will see the elimination of tariffs on steel products and automobile parts, South Korea's Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said Wednesday. Their agreement deals with the Korea-Indonesia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement which is equivalent to a free trade agreement but also focuses on a broader scope of economic cooperation. Under the deal, South Korea and Indonesia will eliminate tariffs on 95.5% and 93% of products, respectively. But major agricultural products will not be included under KI-CEPA in order to protect South Korean farmers, the Korean ministry said.

The countries plan to officially finalize KI-CEPA by end-2019 before conducting a signing ceremony some time in H1 2020. The trade agreement must be ratified by the respective legislatures of South Korea and Indonesia.

Exports of major steel products will benefit from the elimination of tariffs, including hot-rolled steel sheets (5% tariff), cold-rolled steel sheets (5-15%), plated steel sheets (5-15%), synthetic resins (5%), and automobiles and parts (5%), the ministry said.

In addition, synthetic resins used for automotive steel sheets are expected to be duty-free, it said.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 18 Oct 2019
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