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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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Abstract

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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  • Yann Duval & Chorthip Utoktham, 2011. "Trade Facilitation in Asia and the Pacific: Which Policies and Measures affect Trade Costs the Most?," Working Paper Series 111, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
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    1. Murat Genç & David Law, 2014. "A Gravity Model of Barriers to Trade in New Zealand," Treasury Working Paper Series 14/05, New Zealand Treasury.
    2. Lord, Montague & Artuso, Fabio & Record, Richard & Clarke, Julian, 2014. "Trading Costs in East Asia’s Global Value Chains," MPRA Paper 66437, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Keywords

    trade facilitation; trade costs; measures; policy; tariff; non-tariff; port efficiency; liner shipping connectivity; logistics; information and communication technology; information technology; public-private partnership; business environment; ASEAN; China; India; Japan; Korea;

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    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade

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