Trade facilitation

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Facilitating trade is about streamlining and simplifying international trade procedures. OECD analyses the benefits and costs of trade facilitation efforts and also provides support to World Trade Organization (WTO) discussions in this area

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Overcoming Border Bottlenecks: The Costs and Benefits of Trade Facilitation

This book brings together six studies that examine how 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 WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement – Potential Impact on Trade Costs

New OECD calculation of the potential benefits of the Bali WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement for various groups of countries using the Trade Facilitation Indicators.

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The Potential Impact of Trade Facilitation on Developing Countries' Trade

This report presents the findings of the OECD indicators for assessing the impact of specific trade facilitation measures on developing countries’ trade.

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Key Areas in Trade Facilitation

Trade Facilitation Indicators
To help governments improve their border procedures and reap greater benefits from international trade, OECD has created a set of trade facilitation indicators to analyse 133 countries across income levels, geographical regions and development stages.

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Technical barriers to trade
Technical regulations and voluntary standards set out specific characteristics of a product (such as its size, functions and performance) and how it is labelled or packaged before it enters the market place.Tthese technical standards and regulations can have an important influence on international trade. They can vary from country to country, or be costly and burdensome by design or effect.

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