Rules of origin and the web of East Asian free trade agreements
AbstractThe authors provide an overview of the preferential rules of origin in East Asia, highlighting the aspects that might possibly generate some trade-chilling effects. They review characteristics of existing preferential trade agreements with special emphasis on lessons from the European experience, and analyze some important features of the existing rules of origin in East and South-East Asian regional integration agreements. The empirical analysis of the effectiveness of preferentialism on intra-regional trade flows focuses on the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA), with the aim of providing a rough estimate of the costs of requesting preferences. The results suggest that preferential tariffs favorably affect intra-regional imports only at very high margins (around 25 percentage points). This points to the likelihood of high administrative costs attached to the exploitation of preferences, particularly with regard to the compliance with AFTA's rules of origin.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 4273.
Date of creation: 01 Jul 2007
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Free Trade; Trade Law; Rules of Origin; Trade Policy; Economic Theory&Research;
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2007-07-20 (All new papers)
- NEP-INT-2007-07-20 (International Trade)
- NEP-SEA-2007-07-20 (South East Asia)
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