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Making Your Food Exports Competitive & Resilient in Asia Pacific through Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)

Maes Alconcel
Thursday , 28th Sep 2023

ASEAN has virtually eliminated import tariffs on almost all products traded within the region through the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA), as well as with its key trading partners (i.e. Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea and New Zealand) through ASEAN Plus One FTAs and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement. 

FTAs allow businesses to optimize their production process by outsourcing and offshoring activities at a competitive cost and quality. Companies can source materials from ASEAN and its partners at zero tariffs, manufacture products within ASEAN, and export them without tariffs, which reduces costs and improves competitiveness. Besides, ASEAN FTAs are legally binding, ensuring market access commitments are upheld and providing certainty, and FTAs also simplify customs procedures, enhancing trade facilitation. 

In this webinar, Ms. Maes Alconcel, an independent international trade expert, will share her insights on how to make food exports more competitive & resilient in Asia Pacific through FTAs.


  • The presentation slides and recording video will be uploaded to this webpage after the webinar;

  • If you can't attend the live webinar, register anyway and we will send you the webinar materials as soon as they're available.

  • Introduction to the key benefits of FTAs

  • Updates on ASEAN's FTA network, including the RCEP – the world's largest FTA

  • Substantial 'tariff savings' under ASEAN FTAs to help businesses optimize their production processes and save costs as they expand their markets and integrate into the regional and global economy

  • Basic guide in availing preferential tariffs offered under the various ASEAN FTAs

  • Q&A

*The final outline may be subject to subtle revision.

Date Time (GMT+8) World Clock Language
2023-09-28 16:00 ~ 17:00 UK: 09:00-10:00 English
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  • Independent international trade expert
    Ms. Maes Alconcel is an independent international trade expert, with 18 years of experience on advancing international trade and sustainable development initiatives through expanding market access, leveraging trade facilitation tools and free trade agreements, and addressing trade policy issues facing businesses in the Asia-Pacific/ASEAN region. She has been constantly invited as a speaker and/or moderator to various international trade/business events to share her insights on cross-border trade and investments issues facing businesses, and how governments can facilitate participation of SMEs in international trade through FTAs. She also conducts workshops/training/coaching to businesses on leveraging FTAs, including tariff savings, complying with rules of origin (ROO), regulatory requirements and customs procedures, and trade facilitation tools.