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Trade Facilitation in Asia and the Pacific: Which Policies and Measures affect Trade Costs the Most?

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  • Yann Duval

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  • Chorthip Utoktham

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    (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP))

This paper presents findings from an initial analysis of new non-tariff trade cost estimates and their determinants, based on a bilateral database of comprehensive trade cost maintained by ESCAP. Results of the non-tariff policy-related trade costs modeling exercise strongly suggest that improving port efficiency (liner shipping connectivity) and access to information and communication technology facilities is essential to reducing trade costs.

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Paper provided by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in its series Working Paper Series with number 111.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2011
Handle: RePEc:unt:wpaper:swp111
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