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Damascus, 9 October 1969

The Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Syrian Republic,

ANIMATED by the desire to develop and strengthen the trade between the two countries,

AND to promote closer economic relations,

HAVE agreed as follows:

Article I

The two Contracting Parties shall accord to the commerce of each other, treatment no less favourable than that accorded to the commerce of any third country. This provision shall not, however, apply to the grant or continuance of any:

(a) advantages accorded by either of the Contracting Parties to contiguous countries;

(b) advantages resulting from any customs union or free trade area to which either of the Contracting Parties is or may become a party.

(c) preferences and advantages accorded by India or Syria to any country existing on the date of this Agreement or in replacement thereof.

(d) advantages accorded by virtue of a multilateral economic agreement desired to liberalise conditions of international.

(e) any advantages of preferences accorded under any scheme for expansion of trade and economic cooperation amongst developing countries which is open for participation by all developing countries and to which either Government is or may become a Party.

Article II

Subject to their respective import, export, foreign exchange and other regulations, the two Contracting Parties shall give the maximum possible facilities and take all appropriate measures to promote trade between the two countries in all possible ways, in particular with regard to the items mentioned in Schedules ‘I’ and ‘S’ to this Agreement (Annexed).

Nothing in this Agreement shall preclude trade in goods and commodities not mentioned in the said Schedules.

Article III

All payments for current transactions under this Agreement shall be effected in convertible currency.

Article IV

The two Contracting Parties agree to grant each other, subject to their respective laws and regulations, reasonable facilities for holding trade fairs and exhibitions in their respective territories.

Article V

Nationals of either Contracting Party shall be permitted to enter, sojourn, travel or reside in the territory of the other Party for the purpose of promoting trade between the two countries, provided that the enjoyment of the above rights shall be subject to the laws and regulations of such other Party which are generally applicable to all foreigners alike.

Article VI

The two Contracting Parties undertake to co-operate for mutual benefit with a view to strengthening economic relations between the two countries, and to furthering the interchange and use of scientific and technical knowledge particularly by affording opportunities for technical training and assistance wherever possible.

Article VII

Merchant ships of either Contracting Party entering, staying in or leaving the ports of the other country shall be, accorded most favoured nation treatment in respect of all facilities and charges provided under its laws, rules and regulations to merchant ships of any third party. This principle, however, shall not be applied to ships engaged in coastal traffic.

Article VIII

For purposes of this Agreement, goods originating in Syria, shall be regarded as Syrian products and goods originating in India as Indian products.

2. The country of origin shall be deemed to be the country where a product was produced and manufactured or underwent its last substantial processing, or in the case of non-processed agricultural products the country where the products were actually produced.

3. Both parties reserve the right to subject the importation of certain goods to the submission of a certificate of origin by an organisation authorised in this respect by the Government of the country of origin.

Article IX

The two Contracting Parties agree to meet at the request of either party to review the implementation of this Agreement and to ensure proper fulfilment of its provisions.

Article X

Before the Agreement comes into force it will be subject to approval or ratification if this is required by the constitutional procedures of either of the countries signing the Agreement. The date from which it comes into force will be the date on which notes are exchanged between the two countries indicating that the approval or ratification required has been effected.

The Agreement shall be valid for one year where after it shall be extended automatically, unless it is modified or rescinded on the giving of three months’ notice in writing to this effect by either Party.

IN WITNESS THEREOF, the undersigned duly authorised thereto have signed the Agreement in two original copies in English both of which shall be equally authentic.

DONE at Damascus this Ninth day of October Nineteen Hundred Sixty Nine A.D. corresponding to Twenty-eighth day of Rajab Thirteen Hundred Eighty Nine Hijri.

Sd/- Sd/-
Minister of Economy and Minister of Foreign Trade and
Foreign Trade for the Supply for the Government
Government of of the Republic of India
Syrian Arab Republic



I. Agricultural Products
1. Cigars and cigarette
2. Hemp
3. Palmyra fibre
4. Fruit products
5. Plywood (commercial and tea-chests)
6. Henna powder
7. Cashewnuts and other dry fruits - almond, walnuts, resin, figs, pistachio nuts,
etc. , dry ginger and apricots
8. Coir and coir products
9. Tobacco
10. Salad oil
11. Veneers
12. Hard board

II. Drugs, Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals and Allied Products
1. Calcined Magnesite
2. Bichromates
3. Alumina ferric
4. Ferro manganese
5. Pigments, paints and varnishes
6. Printing inks other than black
7. Fountain pen ink
8. Myrobalan and extracts
9. Vomica Alkaloids and preparations
10. Soaps, toiletries, hair oil and perfumes
11. Glycerine
12. Hydraulic Brake Fluid
13. Pharmaceuticals, drugs medicines, vaccines, serums, etc.
14. Safety matches and fireworks
16. Fire extinguishers
16. Crockery
17. Magnesium chloride
18. Ethyl alcohol and Industrial alcohol
19. Rubber products including bicycle tyres and tubes other than those tyres of tyres and tubes export of which is banned
20. Asbestos products
21. Liquid Glucose
22. Benzene
23. Surgical Cotton
24. Strychine
25. Morphine
26. Bromides (Sodium, Potassium and Calcium)
27. Liquid Bromine
28. All antibiotics
29. All alkaloids
30. Synthetic drugs
31. Tetracycline
32. Haemycin
33. Anti-tubercular drugs (P.A.S. and Salts)
34. Anti Dysentery drugs (Idochloro and di-iodoquinolin)
35. Bleaching powder
36. Hydro chloric acid
37. Hydrogen peroxide
38. Sodium peroxide
39. Liquid chlorine
40. Anti-leprotic drugs (D.S.S. and Derivatives)
41. Amodiaquim
42. Vitamins ‘A’
43. Vitamins ‘C’
44. Emetine
45. Santonin
46. Quinine
47. Brucine
48. Synthetic harmones
49. Detergents
50. Calcium Gluconate and other calcium salts
51. Ferro Gluconate
52. Nikethamide
53. Insecticides, pesticides, fungicides (formulations only)
54. Dentifrices
55. PVC/Leather cloth
56. Dyestuffs.

III. Engineering Products
1. Aluminium and ACSI conductors
2. Insulators
3. Distribution transformers
4. Transmission line poles and towers
5. Air conditioners, water coolers and refrigerators
6. Radio receivers
7. Public address equipment
8. Electric lamps (GIS)
9. Flourescent Lamps
10. Rubber andplastic insulated house wiring cable
11. Electric motors
12. Bicycles
13. Storage batteries
14. Electricity house service meters
15. Agricultural implements if tractor drawn
16. Cotton and hair belting
17. Pressure lamps and stoves
18. Stationery
19. Coated abrasives
20. Duplicators
21. Zip fasteners
22. Buckles
23. Eye lets
24. Vacuum bottles and flasks
25. Pumps (coupled with prime movers or not) (Centrifugal pumps)
26. Collapsible tubes
27. Diesel Engines
28. Pumps driven by diesel engines and electric motors
29. Railway rolling stock and equipment
30. Precision and scientific instruments; survey instruments
31. Paper and pulp making machinery
32. Grey iron castings and forgings and cast iron pipes
33. Rolled steel products
34. Steel castings and forging
35. Foundry castings for machine parts
36. Crown corks
37. Cutlery
38. Sewing Machines
39. Nuts, bolts, etc
40. Electric fans
41. Steel furniture
42. Tin plate containers
43. Household utensils of iron and steel, brass and aluminium
44. Kerosene stoves
45. Scientific instrument of all types
46. Surgical and medical instruments
47. G.I. Buckets
48. Welding electrodes (arc welding electrodes)
49. Enamelled copper wire
50. Sand paper
51. Locks
52. Steel structurals and fabrications
53. Conduit pipes and fittings
54. Commercial vehicles and trucks
55. PILC and PVC cables
56. Steel bars, rods and shaftings
57. Textile Machinery
58. Steel pipes and tubes
59. Excavators and power shovels
60. Refrigeration compressors (ammonia and freon).

IV. Textiles, Cotton and Woollen such as
1. Cotton piece-goods
2. Cotton dhoties and sarees
3. Hosiery and knitted garments - cotton and rayon
4. Silk, art silk and rayon fabrics
5. Cotton twists and yarn other than cotton, woollen and silk manufactures
6. Jute manufactures
7. Handloom fabrics.

V. Plastic and Sports Goods
1. Spectacle frames
2. Fountain pens
3. Plastic and moulded goods, including umbrella handles
4. Linoleum
5. Leather cloth
6. Bangles
7. Decorate lamina
8. Sports goods.

VI. Food
1. Tea
2. Coffee
3. Spices including pepper
4. Preserved fruits and vegetables products

VII. Mining Products

VIII. Others
1. Biscuits
2. Confectionery and chocolates
3. Portable spirits and beer
4. Agarbatties
5. Pencils
6. Carbon paper and typewriter ribbons
7. Books (printed and others)
8. Brass artware and other handicrafts
9. Paraffin wax
10. Opium raw
11. Exposed cinematographic films
12. Records
13. Clocks and watches
14. Umbrellas and umbrella parts
15. Handicrafts and cottage industry products
16. Agricultural dentures
17. Stationery articles
18. Ball point pencils
19. Sandalwood chips
20. Cigarette paper
21. Cycle rims
22. Printing inks
23. Rubber tread materials
24. Scientific and laboratory glassware
25. Hospital requisites.



1. Grain (wheat, barley, maize)
2. Peas (lentils, chick-peas, green-peas)
3. Nuts
4. Vegetable oils
5. Tobacco
6. Raw cotton
7. Raw wool
8. Cotton yarn
9. Woollen and silken cloth
10. Cotton cloth, mixed with silk and wool
11. Cotton threads
12. Medicated cotton
13. Ready-made clothes, different kinds of needle work
14. Cotton waste
15. Clothes of pure wool or mixed
16. Blankets and carpets
17. Scarfs
18. Benzene
19. Crude oil and its products
20. Cement
21. Matches
22. Sharpening stones
23. Spirits (medical)
24. Beer
25. Conserves
26. Metal-furniture
27. Wood furniture
28. Glassware
29. Hide manufactures and shoes
30. Plastic products
31. Medicated paper
32. Adhesives (latex)
33. Gelatine
34. Yeasts (dry and fresh)
35. Electric cables
36. Television sets
37. Refrigerators
38. Washing machines
39. Stoves and cooking ovens
40. Water pumps
41. Electricity and water meters
42. Rock phosphate
43. Other goods.

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