Solicitation of Public Comments and consultation on regional Trade Policy rCEP/APEC 

Below is a list of links of public consultations pertaining to trade in Asia. Some APEC and RCEP members are taking submissions for papers as public comments on trade policy.



29 May 2017 - Australian DFAT welcomes public consultation for RCEP

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade would welcome further submissions responding to new discussion papers on investment and electronic commerce in RCEP.

These can be sent to 






2015-2020 - Government of India Ministry of Commerce and Industry Public Notices

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry for the Government of India has made available its public notices on national trade for the period of 1998-present.


June 25, 2017 - The Ministry of Economy announced a new website for interested parties to send and publish their comments, as well as their proposals through digital files, regarding the modernisation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The Ministry of Economy will be receiving comments and proposals through the enabled website ( from June 26 to July 26, 2017.

New Zealand



2017 - Summary of public submissions concerning RCEP to MFAT New Zealand

MFAT negotiators are keen to hear from businesses or individuals who are facing barriers to this market. This includes companies that are not exporting now, but plan to enter the market. Find out more at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade page.





9 May 2017 - IRAS Release

The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore issued a public consultation on GST for e-commerce low value goods and digital trade, published on 9 May 2017

The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) has issued a consulting document on the implementation of Goods and Service Tax for e-commerce with regards to low value goods and digital trade.



2017 - E-Commerce Guidelines (Thai)

The Revenue Department recently published the draft principles and guideline for e-Commerce taxation. Translation here
















April 29 2017 - Trade Violations review 

Following Executive Order 13796,The Secretary of Commerce, the USTR, and other heads of executive departments and agencies, as appropriate, invite public comment on executive order to review trade violations. Comments are due 31 July.

August 18 2017 - Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets: Comment Request

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) requests written comments that identify online and physical markets based outside the United States that should be included in the 2017 Notorious Markets List (List). Conducted under the auspices of the Special 301 program, the List identifies online and physical marketplaces that reportedly engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting. In 2010, USTR began publishing the Notorious Markets List separately from the annual Special 301 Report as an “Out-of-Cycle Review.” Deadline of written comments is October 2.

August 2017 - USTR - Initiation of Section 301 Investigation; Hearing; and Request for Public Comments: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has initiated an investigation pursuant to section 302(b)(1)(A) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (the Trade Act), to determine whether acts, policies, and practices of the Government of China related to
technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation are actionable under section 301(b)(1) of the Trade Act. The inter-agency Section 301 Committee is holding a public hearing and seeking comments in connection with this investigation. Deadline for written comments and requests is on September 28. Public hearing will be held on October 10.



September 2017 - Draft New Competition Law of Vietnam seeking for public review and comments

Public review and comments can be submitted here. Short summary of the draft can be found here