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Tariff Barriers (Asean States)

Volume 976: debated on Tuesday 18 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what tariff barriers exist in trading between the United Kingdom and each of the five ASEAN States; and what steps are being taken by the United Kingdom alone or in partnership with the EEC to reduce tariff barriers as a means of promoting trade.

Current tariffs: The imports of ASEAN countries from the United Kingdom receive the same tariff treatment as imports from other Western industrialised countries. Singapore permits a wide range of products to enter free of duty. Tariffs are, however, levied on certain goods—for example, sugar confectionery, wines and spirits, tobacco, some chemicals and machinery. The levels of Singapore's tariffs are generally low, ranging in the main from 1 per cent. to 15 per cent.

During the period 1 December 1978 and 30 November 1979 the sum of£135 was recovered from staff working in my Department's London headquarters.