This study seeks to contribute to the Final Review of the Manufacturing Related Services Action Plan (MSAP) by building common understanding of what constitutes manufacturing related services, and to support APEC economies in their efforts to liberalize the trade of such services.
Research was conducted to (i) identify and take stock of how the sectors of MRS are classified in the Central Product Classification (CPC version 2.1); and (ii) to analyze the chronological change in economies’ commitments for MRS in General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), and to identify best practices in the liberalization of manufacturing related services.
The research supported the creation of the following deliverables:
- A table of CPC codes for MRS
- A report on how FTAs among APEC member economies have contributed to the liberalization of manufacturing related services in the APEC region.
- A review of the MSAP