ASEAN – India Free Trade Area (AIFTA)

About this agreement

The ASEAN – India Free Trade Area (AIFTA) eliminates tariffs for 75% of goods traded between ASEAN and India. For a further 10% of product lines, the AIFTA commits parties to reduce tariffs below 5%.
May 2011
Trade in Goods Chapter
July 2015
Trade in Services Chapter
Investment Agreement
  • 30 June 2015 – Thailand
  • 1 July 2015 – Brunei, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Vietnam, India
  • 16 May 2016 – Philippines
  • 9 February 2019 – Lao PDR
  • 22 April 2019 – Indonesia

Key benefits

  • Back-to-back shipment of goods within member countries
    AIFTA-originating goods that are brought into Singapore from member countries and re-exported within these countries, without any processing in Singapore, can enjoy tariff concessions. Originating products passing through Parties can also retain their originating status.
  • Third-party invoicing of goods
    Customs authorities in the importing countries may accept a Certificate of Origin when the sales invoice is issued from a different country or company exporting the originating goods in various sectors, provided that the good meets the necessary requirement. This invoice can come from countries that are not Parties to this Agreement.
  • Regional Cumulation
    Originating raw materials sourced from FTA Parties can be taken into account when assessing the origin criteria of the final product manufactured in Singapore.


Use the Tariff Finder to see if your product is eligible to enjoy this FTA's tariff concessions.

Alternatively, you can explore the following steps to check your eligibility.

  • Your product’s preferential rate
  • Your product’s rule of origin

    Rules of origin are a set of criteria which determine a product's originating status in each respective FTA.

    It is put in place to ensure that only goods originating from the FTA partner countries will benefit from tariff concessions.

    Is your product obtained/produced entirely within Singapore?
    Your product is considered wholly obtained in Singapore
    35% of its contents must originate from the ASEAN-India region
    non-originating raw materials must have undergone at least a change in the first 6 digits of the HS code


Singapore Customs is the authorised body in Singapore for FTA Preferential Certificate of Origin (PCO) application.

If your product is eligible, follow these application steps to enjoy tariff concessions:
  1. Register your factory with Singapore Customs using the Manufacturer's Application Form
  2. Submit the Manufacturing Cost Statement
  3. Apply for a Preferential Certificate of Origin (PCO)

The process from registration to receiving the PCO typically takes less than one month.

Learn more about the rules of PCO

Submit your application
Apply for a PCO with export permit under the ASEAN – India Free Trade Area (AIFTA) via TradeNet.


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