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What is the EUSFTA?
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February 24,2019

What is the EUSFTA?

Infographic of EUSFTA

While the spectre of Brexit negotiations loom over Britain's economy, the ratification of the European Union-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, also known as the EUSFTA, has proven to be a landmark success to both markets even before reaching 100% duty-free imports. But what other benefits are there in store for businesses and consumers in Singapore? Let's take a look at some of the fundamentals of how Singapore Free Trade Agreements will benefit everyone involved.

What is a Free Trade Agreement (FTA)?

Overhead photo of trading containers
Trade is one of the ways countries earn revenue, but it is not without challenges.

Singapore FTA is basically an agreement between countries to remove duty taxes from products, whether they're imports or exports. This agreement will reduce the overall cost of goods, like food and electronics, when it reaches consumers. It also ensures that countries within this agreement prioritise and protect businesses involved in this trade while strengthening geopolitical connections.

Who benefits from EUSFTA?

Basically, everyone.

Countries in the EU that have free trade with Singapore through EUSFTA
These are the current countries in the European Union as of February 2019.

Small to Medium Enterprise (SMEs) benefits the most in the EUSFTA. You'll be receiving significant benefits from the reduction of tariff and non-tariff barriers. So if you're exporting pharmaceutical and medical devices, electronics and motor vehicle parts, these reductions will lead to an easier access to EU market and higher profit margin.

Furthermore, SMEs have the opportunity to work with countries like Germany, which are renowned companies like Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche. Spain, surprisingly enough, exports enough tomatoes and citrus that it amounts to just under $5 billion. While Switzerland is not a member of the EU, it has an FTA with them and it hosts two leading companies for pharmacy that generates about $30 billion in gross added value each year!

Are you an EU citizen planning to expand into Singapore? 

Reach out to us for a consultation on how to strategise your business expansion in the most seamless and cost-effective way.

Other benefits to the EUSFTA

Infographic on what duties and when will it be removed during the 5 year EUSFTA roadmap
100% of duties will be removed over a 5 year period!

To ensure fair competition amongst other prospective companies in the European Union and other countries with similar FTAs, the EUSFTA protects and prioritises Singaporean companies to be on par with countries that are in the EU and countries with FTAs. This elevated access for Singaporean businesses benefits everyone.

Furthermore, this agreement allows countries in the ASEAN region to import and export to the EU through Singapore. This further solidifies Singapore's position as one of the best centralised hub for trading.

Countries in the ASEAN group on a map that can participate in the EUSFTA trade
These are the ASEAN countries that have access to EUSFTA's agreements on import and exports.

So if you're ever considering working in shifting your office to Singapore because you want more access to the plethora of European market access, reach out to us and have a chat! We'll see what we can do together to bring your business to the next level!

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