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Impacts of common rules of origin on FTA utilization

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  • Hayakawa, Kazunobu
  • Nuttawut, Laksanapanyakul

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This paper examines empirically the impacts of sharing rules of origin (RoOs) with other ASEAN+1 free trade agreements (FTAs) on ASEAN-Korea FTA/ASEAN-China FTA utilization in Thai exports in 2011. Our careful empirical analysis suggests that the harmonization of RoOs across FTAs play some role in reducing the costs yielded through the spaghetti bowl phenomenon. In particular, the harmonization to "change-in-tariff classification (CTC) or real value-added content (RVC)" will play a relatively positive role in not seriously discouraging firms’ use of multiple FTA schemes. On the other hand, the harmonization to CTC or CTC&RVC hinders firms from using those schemes.

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Paper provided by Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO) in its series IDE Discussion Papers with number 429.

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Date of creation: Sep 2013
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Publication status: Published in IDE Discussion Paper. No. 429. 2013.9
Handle: RePEc:jet:dpaper:dpaper429

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Keywords: Thailand; China; South Korea; International trade; FTA; Tariff; International agreements; Exports; Free trade agreement; Rules of origin; Spaghetti bowl phenomenon;

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