Questions on ATIGA

 

QUESTION

ANSWER

1.

What is   ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA)? 

ATIGA is a comprehensive agreement on trade in goods in ASEAN. ATIGA is an agreement that supersede the CEPT Agreement which has been implemented since 1992.

2.

What is the scope for ATIGA?

ATIGA is only for ASEAN Member States. This agreement covers all products except for the products listed in the exclusion list that are arm and ammunition and alcoholic beverages.

3.

What is the general requirements of Rules of origin for ATIGA?

ATIGA General Rules for Rules of Origin is RVC 40% or Change of Tariff Classification at 4 digit level. This rule applies across the line except for the goods that are listed in the Product Specific Rules.

Under the Product Specific Rules, the goods are classified under the ASEAN Harmonised Tariff Nomenclature (AHTN) Code up to 6 digit level.

4.

How to determine your AHTN classification for your product?

Most of the exporters try to determine their AHTN code by themselves or by referring it to MITI. As the result, the classification is inaccurate. It is advisable for the exporter to refer to Bahagian Penjenisan in Royal Malaysia Customs to seek for more accurate AHTN Code.

5.

Will I guarantee to get tariff preferential if I use ATIGA Form D to export into ASEAN countries?

There is no guarantee on the goods export into other ASEAN Member States to be granted preferential treatment tariff. This is because the goods itself must be compliance with the Rules of Origin and the exporter are able to prove it to the Customs.

If the importer/exporter fail to prove their compliance, the authority of the importing party may suspend the preferential tariff and conduct the verification to the goods and may subject to verification visit to the factory.

6.

How to apply Form D?

Most the business sectors are unaware of the existence of this scheme as most of the tariff under the MFN rate (Normal Duty) is zero. However, Form D come when the goods still having high import duty and under the ATIGA the duty has been eliminated to zero duty.

The exporter will have to register with Trade Cooperation and Industry Coordination Section Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Kuala Lumpur.

7.

How long do it takes to apply for Form D?

The application for Form D will takes approximately 3 working days. However before the exporter being granted the Form D, the exporter shall submit all the cost information in producing the goods. After the information being analyze, the ministry will give the approval letter to the company. The approval period will be for two (2) years.

Upon received of the approval letter, the exporter may export the goods for the period of 2 years. There is no limit for the export value. Under exceptional cases, MITI will conduct audit verification to the company to avoid any misuse of the Form D.

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