Although free trade negotiations between the EU and Malaysia have been frozen, a Sustainable Impact Assessment (AIS) has been launched to support free trade negotiations between the two partners. The ASA will assess the potential impact of the trade and trade provisions of the proposed free trade agreement on the economic, social, human rights and environmental aspects in each trading partner and in other countries concerned. Calendar: Negotiations began in 2005, the agreement was signed in October 2009 and came into force in August 2010 to ensure that better access for EU exporters to the dynamic ASEAN market is a priority for the EU. Negotiations for a trade and investment agreement between the region and ASEAN began in 2007 and were interrupted by mutual agreement in 2009 to relax a bilateral negotiating format. These bilateral trade and investment agreements were designed as building blocks for a future agreement between the regions. With the large and growing population of Malaysia, there are many opportunities for growth and our free trade agreement is helping to pave the way. The agreement offers importers and exporters more than previous commitments of the ASEAN Australia New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA). New Zealand has another trade agreement with Malaysia – AANZFTA, which includes Australia and other ASEAN countries. The pricing system (external link) helps you choose which one, but there are other factors such as handling and routing requirements that you also need to consider. Use the tariff calculator (external link) and this NZIER [PDF, 130 KB] study [PDF, 130KB] to help you make your decision. A free trade agreement is an international agreement between two or more countries to reduce or remove trade barriers and achieve closer economic integration. Malaysia is one of our fastest growing export markets and our sixth largest trading partner for products. In 2014, two-way merchandise trade totaled more than $3 billion.
Negotiations for a free trade agreement between the EU and Malaysia began in 2010 and were suspended in 2012 at Malaysia`s request after seven rounds. An update was prepared in 2016/2017 to assess the prospect of a resumption of negotiations. Following the May 2018 parliamentary elections in Malaysia, the new government has not yet taken a position on the possible resumption of negotiations.