Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/157262
Authors: 
Roberts, Michael
Mohammed, Nazia
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
WTO Staff Working Paper ERSD-2017-07
Abstract: 
The frequency, severity and economic impact of natural disasters are growing. Import surges resulting from disaster-response efforts can highlight underlying structural failings in the border clearance regimes of disaster-affected countries. Relief supplies, specialized personnel and agencies often face regulatory barriers affecting their entry and practice in disaster-affected environments. Against that background, the purpose of this working paper is twofold: it sets out to explore trade issues that can undermine effective disaster response, and then outlines how these trade issues might be addressed, including through implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement as well as through technology-enabled services and the expansion of disaster risk insurance. The merits of further discussion of trade and natural disasters are also discussed.
Subjects: 
trade policy
disaster-response
WTO trade facilitation agreement
JEL: 
F13
J60
K33
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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