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Overcoming Border Bottlenecks: The Costs and Benefits of Trade Facilitation


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from drawing full benefits from the advantages of open global markets: border bottlenecks generated by inefficient, outdated and complex trade procedures and formalities.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 how these border bottlenecks affect trade and investment flows, how they might be reduced, and whether the expense involved is worth it.

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The studies examines these questions:

  • How do the costs of inefficient border processes influence trade and investment flows?
  • How do institutional and political factors affect the design and implementation of efficiency-enhancing measures
  • Are the expected benefits of these measures enough to justify the expenses of putting them in place?
  • Are the expenses involved within the reach of developing and least developed countries, especially in light of other development priorities?

 Table of Contents

Executive Summary
Chapter 1. Quantitative Assessment of the Benefits of Trade Facilitation, by Peter Walkenhorst and Tadashi Yasui
Chapter 2. Examining the Effect of Certain Customs and Administrative Procedures on Trade, by Norbert Wilson
Chapter 3. The Economic Impact of Trade Facilitation, by Michael Engman
Chapter 4. Trade Facilitation in theService of Development, by Evdokia Moise
Chapter 5. The Role of Automation in Trade Facilitation, by Tadashi Yasui and Michael Engman
Chapter 6. The Cost of Introducing and Implementing Trade Facilitation Measures, by Evdokia Moise
Annex 6.A1. Trade Facilitation Measures Considered in the Context of the Country Studies
Annex A. Report on the OECD Global Forum on Trade Facilitation, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 18-19 October 2005, by Evdokia Moise


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