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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a geopolitical and economic organization consisting of the following member countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. In addition to regional engagement with ASEAN as a whole, the Standards Alliance plans to coordinate with country-specific activities in Vietnam and Indonesia. ASEAN logo STAMEQ logo


  • ASEAN Floating Market
  • ASEAN Food Market
  • ASEAN Rice Field In Vietnam
  • ASEAN The Golden Fileds
ASEAN Floating Market1 ASEAN Food Market2 ASEAN Rice Field In Vietnam3 ASEAN The Golden Fileds4

Priority Sectors

Industry sectors identified as priorities include food safety, medical devices, green buildings and construction, health supplements, green chemistry, information and communication technology (ICT), and electronics and electrical. Sectors may be added based on interest from the private sector in either country.



Vietnam Delegation Visit to the U.S.
September 11-15, 2017
Washington, D.C, Columbus, OH, and Detroit, MI

Standards Alliance Workshop on Sharing Best Practices in Chemicals Regulation
Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, August 22-23, 2017

Food Additives, A Global Perspective on Safety Evaluation and Use in Vietnam and Indonesia
September 13 and 15, 2016
Hanoi, Vietnam and Jakarta, Indonesia

Work plan – finalized in 2014

Standards in Trade conference: Conformity Assessment in the Electric and Electronics Sector
March 2014, Gaithersburg, Maryland (TBC)


Relevant Agreements and Regional Organizations

  • WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)
  • U.S.-Vietnam Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA)
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
  • ASEAN Expanded Economic Engagement
  • ASEAN Consultative Committee on Standards and Quality (ACCSQ)
  • Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC)
  • Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) – Subcommittee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC)

Additional information


Over the past several decades, Vietnam’s economy has grown rapidly and the country has become an important trading partner for the United States. Vietnam’s economy grew by 5 percent in 2012. In the same year, U.S. goods exports to Vietnam reached USD 4.6 billion and U.S. goods imports from Vietnam reached USD 20.3 billion. The resulting balance of trade in goods was a U.S. surplus of approximately USD 15.6 billion. The U.S.-Vietnam trading relationship stands to benefit even more from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement – a free trade agreement currently being negotiated between the United States, Vietnam, and nine other countries.