2 Sept 2016
ASEAN: Common Rubber Standards Adopted in Bid to Reduce Non-tariff Barriers
A unified set of standards for rubber production is to be introduced across all of the ASEAN member nations. In total, ASEAN’s Consultative Committee for Standards and Quality (ACCSQ) has agreed on the implementation of 61 standards. These cover product specifications and testing methodologies, as well as the adoption of a common certification for rubber-based products across the region.
The introduction of the standards comes as part of a larger ASEAN push to boost trade by reducing non-tariff barriers within the Association. It is hoped that the move will open market opportunities for producers of semi-finished rubber products, while also reducing sourcing costs for the manufactures of finished goods, such as rubber-soled footwear.