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Which Factors Determine the Utilization of Preferential Tariff Rates?

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  • Lukaszuk, Piotr
  • Legge, Stefan

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The number of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements has surged in recent years. In order to benefit from preferential tariff rates,firms must apply and comply with rules of origin requirements. This is costly and explains why preference utilization rates (PUR) are far below 100 percent. In this paper, we examine the variation in PUR both across products and countries of origin. This allows us to analyze determinants of utilization rates as well as the costs associated with using a preferential trade agreement. Our findings highlight that both savings potential and trade volume positively affect utilization. Furthermore, the product mix that two countries trade has substantial predictive power for the overall utilization rate.

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  • Lukaszuk, Piotr & Legge, Stefan, 2019. "Which Factors Determine the Utilization of Preferential Tariff Rates?," VfS Annual Conference 2019 (Leipzig): 30 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall - Democracy and Market Economy 203639, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
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    Keywords

    FTA; RTA; Tariffs; Trade Policy; Utilization;
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    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade

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