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Enhancing Asia's Trade: Transport Costs Matter

In: Impact of Trade Facilitation on Export Competitiveness: a Regional Perspective

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  • Prabir De

    (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP))

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    This chapter explore why it is so important to study transportation costs in the context of Asia. Which has a higher incidence on trade in Asia-tariffs or freight costs? Since international transport costs, to a great extent, depend on ocean freight rates, the next step is to understand the relative importance of ocean freight rates in trade in Asia. The chapter also provides an illustration of the trends in such rates in selected Asian countries, leading into estimates of freight costs across countries and commodities.

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  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) (ed.), 2009. "Impact of Trade Facilitation on Export Competitiveness: a Regional Perspective," STUDIES IN TRADE AND INVESTMENT, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), volume 66, number tipub2543, December.
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    Keywords: Asia; trade; transport; costs; freight rate;

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    1. Peter Walkenhorst & Tadashi Yasui, 2004. "Quantitative Assessment of the Benefits of Trade Facilitation," International Trade 0401008, EconWPA.
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