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Trade Facilitation Priorities in India and Commitments at WTO : An Overview of Current Trends

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  • Sachin Chaturvedi

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    The current mandate of the Negotiating Group for Trade Facilitation (NGTF) is to clarify and improve the three articles, viz. Articles V, VIII and X of the GATT 1994. India has initiated several measures as part of the Trade Facilitation (TF) programme. While most of the measures have already been put in place in the context of Articles VIII and X, the ones left involve significant costs and require careful planning for implementation. In case of Article V, there are certainly major gaps. In countries like India, where trade facilitation is an ongoing exercise, precise cost estimation is a difficult preposition.This includes additional efforts required to support and strengthen the level of communication at the border points. Most of the Land Customs Stations (LCSs) require better infrastructure. The current TF programme may have to go beyond current mandate and take into account specific WTO commitments which may emerge during the ongoing negotiations as per the GATT Articles V, VIII and X. In this paper, an effort is made to take stock of the needs, priorities and cost of implementation of these Articles for India. These ground realities hold important implications for any undertaking by India at the TF negotiations of the WTO. However, given the considerable infrastructural gaps, the Indian negotiating team should exhibit extreme caution towards the new proposals and ideas but should display pragmatism, at least for the measures that have already been implemented in India.

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    Paper provided by East Asian Bureau of Economic Research in its series Trade Working Papers with number 22088.

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    Keywords: WTO; Negotiating Group for Trade Facilitation; trade facilitation;

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    1. Das, Samantak & Pohit, Sanjib, . "Quantifying transport, regulatory and other costs of India–Bangladesh trade," Working Papers, National Council of Applied Economic Research 92, National Council of Applied Economic Research.
    2. Nisha Taneja, 2004. "Trade facilitation in the WTO: The implications for India," Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, New Delhi Working Papers, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, New Delhi, India 128, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, New Delhi, India.
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    1. Debashis Chakraborty, 2007. "IBSAC (INDIA, BRAZIL, SOUTH AFRICA, CHINA): A Potential Developing Country Coalition in WTO Negotiations," Working Papers id:958, eSocialSciences.

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