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Malaysia’s trade policy is to work towards creating a more liberalised and fair global trading environment. While Malaysia continues to accord high priority to the rule-based multilateral trading system under the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Malaysia is also pursuing regional and bilateral trading arrangements to complement the multilateral approach to trade liberalisation.

Through FTAs, Malaysia seeks to provide opportunities for Malaysian businesses to expand overseas, enhance the competitiveness of Malaysian exporters. It also will improve the market access for Malaysian goods through preferential tariffs and other trade facilitation measures and benefiting consumers arising from increased competition as consumers have more choice with competitive pricing. It also help Malaysia create market access opportunities for Malaysian service suppliers through liberalisation and facilitation measures and enhancing Malaysia’s attractiveness as an investment destination and production hub to serve the regional and global markets.


FTAs Currently In Force

Thus far, Malaysia has implemented 7 bilateral FTAs and 6 regional FTAs.

In terms of trade with Malaysia’s free trade agreements (FTAs) partners, Malaysia’s total trade value stood at RM935.3 billion in 2016, with exports valued at RM490.1 billion while imports totaled RM445.3 billion. FTA partner countries contributed 62.3% of Malaysia’s total exports in 2016.

Malaysia registered increases in exports with FTA partners such as Viet Nam, Singapore, Myanmar, the Philippines, Cambodia and Laos (ASEAN Member States) as well as Turkey, Pakistan and India.

The main exports to the FTA partner countries in 2016 were E&E products, petroleum products, chemicals and chemical products, LNG and manufactures of metal.


Bilateral FTAs


Date of Entry into Force (EIF)

1. Malaysia-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (MJEPA)

13 July 2006

2. Malaysia-Pakistan Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (MPCEPA)

1 January 2008

3. Malaysia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (MNZFTA)

1 August 2010

4. Malaysia-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (MICECA)

1 July 2011

5. Malaysia-Chile Free Trade Agreement (MCFTA)

25 February 2012

6. Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement (MAFTA)

1 January 2013

7. Malaysia-Turkey Free Trade Agreement (MTFTA)

1 August 2015


Regional FTAs


Date of Entry into Force (EIF)

1. ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA)

1 July 2003

2. ASEAN-Korea Free Trade Agreement (AKFTA)

1 July 2006

3. ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership (AJCEP)

1 February 2009

4. ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA)

1 January 2010

5. ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement (AIFTA)

1 January 2010

6. ASEAN Trade In Goods Agreement (ATIGA)

17 May 2010


FTAs Currently Negotiated

Malaysia is currently undertaking three FTA negotiations namely:

  1. Malaysia-European Free Trade Area Economic Partnership Agreement (MEEPA)

  2. Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

  3. ASEAN-HK Free Trade Agreement (AHKFTA)


Free Trade Agreement Signed but Pending Ratification and Entry into Force

  1. Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)



Last Updated 2017-06-13 14:35:39 by Azuna Hasbullah atau Abd Rahman

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