Transposing Lao PDRs Tariff Reduction Schedule from ASEAN Harmonised Tariff Nomenclature (AHTN) 2017 into 2022
Jakarta, 22 April 2022: ERIA’s Capacity Building Programme and the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Lao PDR, co-hosted a technical training workshop on transposing Lao PDR’s tariff reduction schedule (TRS) from ASEAN Harmonised Tariff Nomenclature (AHTN) and Harmonised System (HS) 2017 into 2022.
The ASEAN Harmonized Tariff Nomenclature (AHTN), important for simplifying intra-ASEAN trade through the establishment of uniform tariff nomenclature, is structured around the World Customs Organisation’s HS tariffs. These need periodic updating due to changes in tariff lines. Thus, for example, since the AHTN 2017, there has been a 5.27% increase in tariff lines, taking the total to 11,414 in the AHTN 2022. This increase in tariff lines results in the need to process the TRS transposition from AHTN 2017 into the AHTN 2022.
The four-day technical training focused on the process of TRS transposition and developing recommendations about which tariffs should be used in the case of merging tariff lines under different ASEAN free trade agreements (FTAs). The training was a follow-up to one focusing on the transposition of tariff commitments from AHTN 2012 into 2017 held in 2021. Mr Ahmad Syaukat Romawi, an expert on this topic and former ASEAN Secretariat Official, led and facilitated this technical training workshop. Mr Somphone Phady, Acting Director of the Trade in Goods Division Department led the discussions with participating officials from the Lao PDR’s Customs Department.
Following opening comments by Mr Jeremy Gross, ERIA Director of Capacity Building, in which he highlighted ERIA’s commitment to supporting ASEAN regional trade facilitation, the training began with an overview of AHTN 2022 and the technical method employed to modify HS Correlation Table 2017-2022 in relation to the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA) and ASEAN Australia New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA). Day two focused on the transposition of Lao PDR’s Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) TRS from AHTN 2012 into AHTN 2017, with day three focusing on the ASEAN with China, Japan, Korea, and India Free Trade Agreements. The final day focused on the ASEAN agreement with Hong Kong as well as RCEP Product Specific Rules (PSR) from HS 2017 into HS 2022.
ERIA’s ongoing Capacity Building Programme is supported by the Australian Government.