Workers at a garment factory (Photo: VNA)

Seoul (VNA) – The National Assembly of the Republic of Korea (RoK) ratified the country’s free trade agreement (FTA) with Vietnam on November 30.

Under the FTA signed in Hanoi in May 2015, Vietnam will remove import tariffs on 89.9 percent of goods hailing from the RoK within 15 years since the pact’s enforcement. Meanwhile, the RoK will eliminate import tariffs on 95.4 percent of the Vietnamese products.

The RoK is committed to reducing tariff lines to create more opportunities for Vietnam’s staple agro-fishery exports such as shrimp, fish and fruits, along with industrial products like textile and garments, wood and mechanical products.

Meanwhile, the Southeast Asian country will cut down on most of tariff lines on apparel materials, footwear, leather, engine, automobile components and spare parts, plastic materials, and machinery imported from the RoK.

The FTA comprises 17 chapters, 208 articles, 15 appendices and one agreement on regulation implementation. It covers trade in goods, trade in services, investment, intellectual property, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, rules of origin, customs facilitation, trade remedies, competition, economic cooperation, and institutional and legal matters.

Trade between the countries have thrived in recent years, shooting up from 500 million USD in 1992 to over 26 billion USD in 2014 – an annual pace of some 20 percent.

Also on November 30, the RoK National Assembly ratified the country’s FTAs with New Zealand and China.-VNA