Harmonisation of Standards

FIA helps to address the most challenging trade barriers in Asia by advocating regional harmonisation of regulatory standards in alignment with global guidelines such as Codex Alimentarius. Our regional efforts seek to ensure the highest level of consumer protection as well as support commercial viability of the industry in the international trading environment. .

Set up as a separate legal-entity fully funded and supported by FIA, the ASEAN Food and Beverage Alliance (AFBA) works in partnership with national industry associations and the food industry to support and accelerate the ASEAN harmonisation process.

Visit AFBA website

  • The recently concluded ASEAN Summit brought together regional leaders to discuss challenges in an effort to facilitate trade and achieve greater economic integration. Despite the efforts made in the harmonisation of regulations and food industry standards, more can be done to identify and address regulatory hurdles, particularly those relating to food security and safety.
    27 Jun 2019
    What Progress Has ASEAN Made in Aligning Food Industry Standards?
    The recently concluded ASEAN Summit brought together regional leaders to discuss challenges in an effort to facilitate trade and achieve greater economic integration. Despite the efforts made in the harmonisation of regulations and food industry standards, more can be done to identify and address regulatory hurdles, particularly those relating to food security and safety.
    Read more
  • FIA spoke to Cuong Ba Tran, Assistant Director of the Trade Facilitation Division from the ASEAN Secretariat, on the progress of the ASEAN Economic Community, the challenges that ASEAN is facing as well as the steps needed to tackle them.
    15 Jan 2019
    Progressive Harmonisation Efforts in ASEAN
    FIA spoke to Cuong Ba Tran, Assistant Director of the Trade Facilitation Division from the ASEAN Secretariat, on the progress of the ASEAN Economic Community, the challenges that ASEAN is facing as well as the steps needed to tackle them.
    Read more
  • The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) was established to mark the achievement of ASEAN having virtually eliminated intra-regional tariffs. However, a variety of quotas, levies and embargoes has resulted in a rise in non-tariff barriers (NTBs). Last week, FIA brought together premier thought leaders to discuss the progress and importance of collaborative efforts to address NTBs.
    01 Nov 2018
    ASEAN Integration – Taking the Next Step
    The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) was established to mark the achievement of ASEAN having virtually eliminated intra-regional tariffs. However, a variety of quotas, levies and embargoes has resulted in a rise in non-tariff barriers (NTBs). Last week, FIA brought together premier thought leaders to discuss the progress and importance of collaborative efforts to address NTBs.
    Read more
  • Continuous growth is predicted in the food and beverage sector as the total value of sales is projected to rise to USD 164 billion in 2020, as compared to USD 108 billion in 2015. In order to unlock the potential for additional growth in trade within ASEAN, the free flow of agri-food products remains a necessity and ASEAN only stands to gain if it accelerates and intensifies its collective efforts to reduce non-tariff barriers.
    11 Sep 2018
    Removing Non-Tariff Barriers in ASEAN Through Regulatory Convergence and Mutual Recognition in the Food Sector
    Continuous growth is predicted in the food and beverage sector as the total value of sales is projected to rise to USD 164 billion in 2020, as compared to USD 108 billion in 2015. In order to unlock the potential for additional growth in trade within ASEAN, the free flow of agri-food products remains a necessity and ASEAN only stands to gain if it accelerates and intensifies its collective efforts to reduce non-tariff barriers.
    Read more
Page 1