For EFTA-Singapore trade statistics, see the EFTA trade statistics tool The EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, an acronym for EUSFTA, is a free trade agreement signed and ratified[1] and a bilateral investment agreement between the European Union and Singapore. The EEA has been under negotiation since March 2010 and its text has been available to the public since June 2015. [3] Negotiations on goods and services were concluded in 2012 and on investment protection on 17 October 2014. [4] The provisions relating to the protection of intellectual property rights concern, among other things, patents, trademarks, copyrights and geographical indications. In addition, trade in agricultural commodities is covered by three bilateral agreements on basic agricultural products negotiated between the state of EFTA concerned (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland/Liechtenstein) and Singapore. These agreements are part of the instruments for creating the free trade area and are governed by the disciplines applicable to trade in goods in the main agreement. They are providing concessions on both sides. Each agreement contains specific rules of origin, usually based on «fully preserved» criteria. On 19 October 2018, three agreements were signed between the parties, the EU-Singapore trade agreement, the EU-Singapore Investment Protection Agreement and the Framework Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. [5] [6] The agreement was approved by the European Parliament on 13 February 2019.

[7] On November 8, 2019, it was announced that the agreement will enter into force on November 21, 2019. This comes after the Council of the European Union approved the agreement. [1] For the free trade agreement to enter into force, the EU (parliament and council) and Singapore must ratify the agreement. On 13 February 2019, the European Parliament approved both the free trade agreement and the investment protection agreement, and the free trade agreement is expected to enter into force as soon as possible. [7] [9] The parties agree to apply their health and plant health rules in a non-discriminatory manner and not to introduce new measures that unduly impede trade. All trade in industrial products, fish and other seafood from EFTA states will have duty-free access to these markets as soon as the agreement enters into force. The agreement has a global scope, including trade in products (industrial products, processed agricultural products, fish and seafood), trade in services, investment, protection of intellectual property rights, public procurement and competition. Bilateral agreements on basic agricultural products between the different EFTA countries and Singapore are also part of the instruments for creating the free trade area.