Component II will support the implementation of key regional liberalisation and trade facilitation measures in the period to 2015 and beyond. Building on the work of previous ASEAN-EU co-operation programmes, the main focus will be on:
Customs integration and transport facilitation – including the establishment of an effective regional goods transit system through implementation of the measures agreed under the ASEAN Framework Agreements on the Facilitation of Goods in Transit and Inter-State Transport – plus the implementation of other Strategic Plans for Customs Development; and
- The removal of technical barriers to trade in various sectors, including the development of a common ASEAN Food Safety Framework, implementation of the Harmonised Cosmetics Regulatory Scheme, implementation of the ASEAN Harmonised Electrical & Electronic Equipment Regulatory Regime, the adoption of common ASEAN regulations in the automotive sector, and cross-cutting initiatives to improve current policies and practices for the harmonisation of standards, mutual recognition of test results and marketsurveillance among ASEAN Member States.
Activities carried out will target the ASEAN Secretariat, relevant ASEAN sectoral bodies and include follow up actions in specific
ASEAN countries, in particular for less developed ASEAN Member States (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Viet Nam).
The ASEAN Leaders’ decision to create an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is intended to introduce the free flow of goods, services, investment and skilled labour, and freer flow of capital in the region. For the AEC to take root, the establishment of a fully harmonised Customs and Transport environment is of the highest priority: Brochure ACTS / https://acts.asean.org/