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Completing the EU Customs Union. The Effects of Trade Procedure Harmonization

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  • Bourdet, Yves

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    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

  • Persson, Maria

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    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

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A main component of customs unions is a common trade policy on imports from non-member countries. Trade policy covers both tariff and non-tariff barriers like trade procedures. We argue that since trade procedures vary markedly across EU countries, the EU is not, strictly speaking, a customs union. To illustrate this, we estimate the impact of trade procedures on exports from non-EU countries and find a highly statistically significant and negative effect. Simulating what the effects would be of harmonizing trade procedures, i.e. to actually complete the EU customs union, we find that aggregated exports to the EU would increase by 20 percent for the average exporter.

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Paper provided by Lund University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2010:7.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: 24 Jun 2010
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Publication status: Forthcoming as Bourdet, Yves and Maria Persson, 'Completing the EU Customs Union. The Effects of Trade Procedure Harmonization' in JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2010_007

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Keywords: Customs Union; European Union; Time Delays; Trade Facilitation; Trade Procedures;

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Cited by:
  1. Bourdet, Yves & Persson, Maria, 2011. "Reaping the Benefits of Deeper Euro-Med Integration Through Trade Facilitation," Working Paper Series 881, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
  2. Persson, Maria, 2012. "From trade preferences to trade facilitation: Taking stock of the issues," Economics - The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, vol. 6(17), pages 1-33.

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