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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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  • Prabir De, 2009. "Enhancing Asia's Trade: Transport Costs Matter," STUDIES IN TRADE AND INVESTMENT,in: Impact of Trade Facilitation on Export Competitiveness: a Regional Perspective, volume 66, chapter 2, pages 19-70 United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
  • Handle: RePEc:unt:ecchap:tipub2543_prabir
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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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    1. Harinder Kohli & Ashok Sharma & Anil Sood (ed.), 2011. "Asia 2050: Realizing the Asian Century," Books, Emerging Markets Forum, edition 1, number asia2050, August.

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    Asia; trade; transport; costs; freight rate;

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    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade

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