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South-South FTAs

Developing countries have joined join the "FTA bandwagon", especially since the early 2000s, and are negotiating bilateral treaties between themselves. Many of these are tariff reduction schemes (more commonly called "preferential trade agreements"), or bases for free trade zones, and don’t intrude much into each other’s economic or social policies.

While they can very seriously affect workers, farmers, manufacturers and other firms in both the participating and nearby neighbouring countries, by quickly shifting trade and capital flows, they usually don’t have the far-reaching policy effects of typical North-South FTAs.

Some are also limited to specific sectors only, like agricultural goods.

last update: May 2012


China-Korea FTA
As released by the Ministry of Commerce, China
Eurasian Economic Union - Vietnam FTA
Eurasian Economic Union - Iran interim agreement
China-Eurasian Economic Union agreement
China-Georgia FTA
Malaysia-Chile FTA (2012)
Full text of FTA between Chile and Malaysia
China-Taiwan FTA (ECFA), 2010
India-Korea CEPA (2009)
The text of 1263 pages in PDF format as uploaded on the Government of India’s, Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s web site