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Text of the agreement
  Background and Negotiations
    The United States and Singapore announced their intent to negotiate a free trade agreement on 16 November 2000. Negotiations began on December 4, 2000 in Washington, D.C. The first round of negotiations consisted of three week-long negotiating sessions in plenary and meetings of fifteen subject-specific groups. A draft was produced, including a table of contents. The second round took place 8-17January 2001, in Washington D.C. The Parties agreed on a Joint Declaration on the progress of the negotiations. The third round of negotiations was held 21-26 May 2001 in Singapore, which produced a consolidated text. The fourth round of negotiations was held in London, England, from 16 - 20 July 2001. The fifth round, postponed from September 21, was held during the week of 22-26 October. The sixth round of negotiations was held in London the week of 28 January - 1 February. Additional rounds were held throughout 2002, and the negotiations concluded after the eleventh round, which took place from 11 to 19 November 2002 in Singapore. An additional meeting was held in January 2003 to resolve the issue of capital controls.  In October 2002 the USTR notified the U.S. Congress of the ongoing FTA negotiations.

The U.S. Singapore FTA (USSFTA) negotiations concluded 16 January 2003. On 30 Janaury 2003 the USTR notified Congress of the intention to sign the USSFTA. Draft texts of the agreement were made public on 8 March 2003. The FTA was signed on 6 May 2003.

Documents relating to the negotiations
6 May 2003 Joint Statement by United States and Singapore on signing of the FTAPDF
29 January 2003 Notice of Intention to Enter Into a Free Trade Agreement with SingaporePDF
30 January 2003 Notice of Intention to Enter into a Free Trade Agreement with SingaporePDF
16 January 2003 Substantive conclusion on U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (USSFTA)PDF
16 January 2003 Singapore and US reach agreement on free transfer of capitalPDF
01 October 2002 USTR Notification to Senate on U.S.-Singapore negotiationsPDF
01 October 2002 USTR Notification to House on U.S.-Singapore negotiationsPDF
2 February 2002 Press Release, Sixth Round of Negotiations PDF
26 October 2001 Joint Statement, Fifth Round of Negotiations
20 July 2001 Joint Statement, Fourth Round of Negotiations
25 May 2001 Joint Statement, Third Round of Negotiations
8 January 2001 Press Statement, Second Round of NegotiationsWord
21 December 2000 Joint Statement, First Round of Negotiations
16 November 2000

Joint Statement on a United States-Singapore Free Trade AgreementPDF

Source: Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore, Office of the U.S. President, USTR

  Entry Into Force
   

The U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement came into force on 1 January 2004.

The implementing legislation was submitted to Congress on 15 July 2003.  The bill to implement the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, H.R. 2739, passed the House of Representatives on 24 July 2003 and passed the Senate on 31 July 2003.  The United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act was signed by the president on  and became public law 108-78 on 3 September 2003.  The President issued a proclamation to implement the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement on 30 December 2003.

Documents relating to the implementation of the Agreement

30 December 2003 Modifications to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to Implement the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (ITC Publication 3651)PDF
30 December 2003 Proclamation 7747:  to Implement the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement PDF
3 September 2003 Act to Implement the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (Public Law 108-78)PDF
31 July 2003 Act to implement the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (H.R. 2739)PDF
15 July 2003 Transmission of legislation and supporting documents to CongressPDF
Source: U.S. Federal Register, Office of the U.S. President, USITC,  USTR

  Implementation of the Agreement
   

Article 20.1 of the USSFTA establishes a Joint Committee to supervise the implementation of the Agreement and to review the trade relationship between the Parties.

In March 2006 officials from the two countries met to hold the second annual review of the Agreement. The third review was held in Singapore on 11 May 2007, the fourth was held on 15 October 2008, the fifth on 03 December 2009, and the sixth annual review of the FTA was held on 15 October 2010.

Documents relating to the implementation of the Agreement

15 October 2010 United States and Sinpagore hold sixth FTA Review PDF
03 December 2009 United States and Sinpagore hold fifth FTA Review PDF
15 October 2008 United States and Sinpagore hold fourth FTA Review PDF
11 May 2007

United States and Singapore hold third FTA ReviewPDF

30 March 2006 United States and Singapore hold second  FTA ReviewPDF
Source:  Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore; USTR

Documents related to the FTA Joint Committee

30 April 2024 Singapore Free Trade Agreement Joint Committee Meeting PDF new!
Source:  Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

  Related Articles and Studies
     
May 2005 USITC.  Certain Yarns and Fabrics:  Effect of Modifications of U.S.-Singapore FTA Rules of Origin for Goods of Singapore. PDF
July 2003 U.S. Department of Labor. United States Employment Impact Review of the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement PDF
June 2003 USITC U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement: Potential Economywide and Selected Sectoral EffectsPDF
June 2003 USTR. Final Environmental ReviewPDF
May 2003 Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore. Information Paper on the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement
April 2003 Government of Singapore. Environmental ReviewPDF

  Sources
 
 

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Recent Developments
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