Compared to its neighbours in Southeast Asia, Malaysia was late to get on the FTA train. But now it does not want to be left out of the major deals, it seems.

Malaysia signed its first FTAs with Japan in 2005. In 2007, it signed with Pakistan. It also has FTAs with Chile (2010) , India (2011) and New Zealand (2009), It has been in FTA talks with the US, but these have effectively been shelves since 2009. It is in negotiations with Australia, and may commence negotiations with the GCC and EFTA.

As member of ASEAN, it is also party to the agreements with China, India, Korea and Japan, and the negotiations with Australia/New Zealand and the EU.

last update: May 2012


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  • 8-Aug-2015 Daily Express Malaysia-Pakistan trade set to improve this year
    Malaysia-Pakistan tradeis expected to improve this year with the revival of Malaysia-Pakistan Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (MPCEPA)
  • 4-Jun-2015 Malaysia, GCC To Resume FTA Talks
    Malaysia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will resume talks on a free trade agreement this year, said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
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  • 20-Aug-2014 The Sun Daily China against Malaysia-Taiwan FTA
    Chinese ambassador to Malaysia Huang Huikang says China is against any move by Malaysia to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) with Taiwan.
  • 5-Aug-2014 Malay Mail Come clean on Malaysia’s trade with Israel, says PKR MP
    A PKR lawmaker demanded today that Putrajaya reveal the trade relationship between pro-Palestine Malaysia and Israel amid the bloody conflict in Gaza.
  • 16-Apr-2014 FTA signing highlight of Najib’s Ankara trip
    The signing of a Free Trade Agreement between Kuala Lumpur and Ankara will be the highlight of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s two-day visit to Turkey.
  • 11-Feb-2014 Malaysia-Pakistan FTA to be reviewed by month-end, says Mustapa
    Malaysia and Pakistan will review the free trade agreement (FTA) between both countries by month-end, says International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
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    Palm oil refiners, some of which are owned by the country’s largest conglomerates, may face a bleak future if Malaysia accedes to demand under free trade pacts to dismantle the crude palm oil (CPO) tax.
  • 2-Nov-2013 Bernama FTA talks with EU postponed to give way to TPPA negotiations
    The negotiations on the free trade agreement between the European Union and Malaysia were postponed to give way to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement talks, said the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
  • 19-Jul-2013 GLW Malaysian socialists oppose Pacific free trade agreement
    The Socialist Party of Malaysia has no illusion about the true colours and intent of the TPPA/FTA as an agenda of US mega corporations.
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