Achieving more pro-competitive regulation in ASEAN




In order to increase awareness of the benefits and role of competition in ASEAN, the ACAP 2016-2025 provides for an assessment to be conducted on the impact of non-tariff barriers on competition in the markets of ASEAN Member States followed by recommendations.

Within this framework and in co-operation with the UK Government, from 2018 to 2021, the OECD will undertake ten Competition Assessments of Laws and Regulations in the logistics sector in ASEAN (one assessment of the logistics sector in each individual Member State).

Using the OECD Competition Assessment Toolkit, this will help governments to identify shortcomings in the regulatory or policy environment that hinder the efficient functioning of markets and damage long-term growth. Moreover, it will provide recommendations for beneficial reforms aimed at avoiding unnecessary regulatory restrictions on competition, thus making laws and regulations more competitive.


How to address these challenges

The OECD Competition Assessment Toolkit is well suited to achieve these outcomes as it is specifically designed to identify shortcomings in the national regulatory and policy environment that hinder the efficient functioning of markets in selected sectors to the detriment of businesses and consumers.


Why the Logistics Sector

The AEC Blueprint lists logistics services among its twelve priority integration sectors. The ASEAN Expert Group on Competition, the Asean Secretariat, the OECD and UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) agreed that this would be the focus of the Project. The focus on one sector has the potential benefit of making the rules consistent and thus helping promote a more integrated logistics market.

Efficient logistics can play a significant role in increasing a country’s economic development by facilitating international trade and improving its competitiveness. By developing an efficient logistics system, a country can enhance its connectivity to better serve its importers and exporters, and satisfy the needs of regionally integrated production facilities for reliable just-in-time delivery of inputs and outputs.


Objectives and outcomes

The Project aims to support the development of pro-competitive reforms by identifying recommendations to improve shortcomings in the regulatory or policy environment that hinder the efficient functioning of markets, thus damaging long-term growth.

As a first step, the project will screen the most important laws and regulations in the logistics sector of each member state in order to identify unnecessary regulatory restrictions to competition. Based on this analysis, it will then propose changes to improve the regulatory environment and stimulate growth.

The project is expected to be completed by 2021. Beyond its immediate impact on competition policy, the Project will help lay the foundations for reducing poverty and inequality, lowering non-tariff barriers to trade, and improving the business environment and ease of doing business in ASEAN. A rule-based, predictable environment in line with international best practices will ensure a competitive and open economy and a level playing field for all competitors. This in turn will allow businesses seeking access to ASEAN to enter, operate and invest effectively.


Key Elements


A review of the logistics sector in each member state.


A review of key concerns from stakeholders that have been validated by regulatory review.

Assessment of the competitive harm resulting from assessed regulations, and the likely benefits from removing them.
Prioritised recommendations proposing specific alternative and less competition-restricting means to achieve the same policy objectives.



Fostering Competition in ASEAN

Towards a level playing field in the logistics sector in ASEAN

Competition Primers for ASEAN Judges

Competition Law in Asia-Pacific: A Guide to Selected Jurisdictions 

More OECD work on competition


OECD Competition 

OECD Competition and Macroeconomic outcomes 

ASEAN Competition Action Plan (2016-2025)

ASEAN Experts Group on Competition (AEGC)

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

What's new?

28/07/2021 - Cambodia, the sixth ASEAN member state to have its project reports issued.

Access the reports and their highlights 

‌‌ASEAN CA Cambodia‌‌‌

OECD Competition Assessment Reviews: Logistics sector in Cambodia 


See also

Project: Fostering competition in Asean 

Towards a level playing field between state-owned enterprises and private entities in ASEAN

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Project Stages

Launched in 2018, the project team will:


Provide a sector overview for ASEAN as a whole as well as individual ASEAN Member States (including all types of regulations potentially affecting competition in the logistics sector).


Identify the priority laws and regulations that will be part of the analysis and undertake interviews with local stakeholders.

3 Conduct an in-depth analysis of the selected regulations.
4 Formulate recommendations for redesigning regulations, or parts of regulations. This will include an assessment of alternatives to existing regulations, taking into account the purpose of the regulation.
All country analyses will be individually launched in the respective Member State as they are finalised.


» Fostering Competition in ASEAN


» OECD Competition Assessment Toolkit 



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