Local firms looking forward to approval of EU-Singapore FTA

Reduced tariffs will benefit food manufacturers here, among others

Mr Ong Bee Chip, managing director of Golden Bridge Foods and its sister brand Ellaziq, which makes halal food products, says reduced tariffs will allow his items, ranging from halal chicken floss to other products like dried Chinese sausage, to be m
Mr Ong Bee Chip, managing director of Golden Bridge Foods and its sister brand Ellaziq, which makes halal food products, says reduced tariffs will allow his items, ranging from halal chicken floss to other products like dried Chinese sausage, to be more affordable when exported to the EU.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

A wider range of halal food products made in Singapore could find their way to stores in Europe for its growing Muslim population, should the upcoming European Union-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA) be approved.

Ratification of the trade pact early this year by the European Parliament is on the cards and businesses are looking ahead for new opportunities.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 28, 2019, with the headline 'Local firms looking forward to approval of EU-S'pore FTA'. Print Edition | Subscribe