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Overcoming Border Bottlenecks

The Costs and Benefits of Trade Facilitation

In series:OECD Trade Policy Studiesview more titles

Published on January 19, 2009

Also available in: French

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International trade has grown rapidly in recent years, thanks in part to the progressive reduction of tariffs and quotas through successive rounds of multilateral trade liberalisation. However, this progress brings to light one of the remaining weak links of international trade, which prevents countries from drawing full benefits from the advantages of open global markets: border bottlenecks generated by inefficient, outdated and complex trade procedures and formalities. This book brings together six studies that examine to what extent and in which ways the costs of inefficient border processes influence trade and investment flows, how institutional and political factors affect the design and implementation of efficiency-enhancing measures, whether the expected benefits of these measures enough to justify the expenses of putting them in place, and whether the expenses involved are within the reach of developing and least developed countries, especially in light of other development priorities.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Quantitative Assessment of the Benefits of Trade Facilitation
Examining the Effect of Certain Customs and Administrative Procedures on Trade
The Economic Impact of Trade Facilitation
Trade Facilitation Reform in the Service of Development
The Role of Automation in Trade Facilitation
The Cost of Introducing and Implementing Trade Facilitation Measures
Annex A
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