Competence Center for Trade Policy, Asia/ASEAN

Since May 2017 the Competence Center for Trade Policy provides information and advisory services to German companies on Trade Policy in the APEC region


Welcome to the Competence Centre for Trade Policy in Asia/ASEAN, within the Singaporean-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (SGC).

The field of trade policy has become increasingly complex in recent years: Free Trade Agreement (FTAs) have become more comprehensive, covering not only customs duties but also standards and regulation, services, investment, digital trade and government procurement. Beyond that, the proliferation of overlapping FTAs has made leveraging on Trade Agreements a difficult task for companies.

Therefore, in cooperation with the German Association of Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), the SGC is tasked to monitor and provide public information about trade policy developments as well as to assist companies to successfully tap into FTAs. 

The Trade Policy Competence Center, headed by Annika Huck, Divisional Head for Trade Policies (Asia/ASEAN), SGC Trade Policy Competence Centre, organises roadshows, outreach events and workshops on new Free Trade Agreements as well as provides advisory services on Trade Policy in the APEC region.

The Competence Center’s work is closely coordinated with the DIHKs Directorate for Trade Policy and seeks to support the market access of German exporters in the APEC region. 

The EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement: Facilitating Bilateral Trade Between Germany and Singapore