United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement: E-Commerce Provisions

The United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement ("Agreement") was entered into between the United States and Singapore in 2004. Apart from clauses that define general trade, the Agreement also illustrates provisions for duties, charges in relation to e-commerce transactions. Accordingly, there are no custom duties levied on the digital products that are delivered electronically between the participating countries. Further, U.S. has enacted a specific Act to implement this Agreement.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Does the Agreement adhere to the non-discrimination principle?
Does the Agreement levy customs duties on the digital products of the participating countries?
How is the custom value of imported carrier medium determined?
What are the provisions regarding electronic supply of services?
How has the United States implemented this Agreement?

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